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Remember those tin lunchboxes everyone had as a kid? They were sturdy little lunch pails that held everything from your sandwich and juice box to your pudding or fruit cup. Sometimes they even had a Fruit-by-the-foot inside, and everything fit together perfectly--a little bit like a well-played game of Tetris. 

The Tin Lunchbox (that's us!) does the same thing: We provide a variety of shared information from featured artists and literary endeavors to recipe sharing that all fits flawlessly into one place. Granted, we aren't working with physical  lunchboxes, but it is fun to imagine all the same.

Lunchbox Diaries

Product Review: Shatto Milk

Shawna Caro

This review originally appeared in Lunchbox Diaries on June 20, 2016.


Sometimes on my way to work in the morning, I'll stop at Daylight Donuts, for, well, donuts. I usually get two donuts and a bottle of milk. Until recently, the milk I purchased was a plastic bottle, probably from Hiland or a similar company, and was quite suitable. I always get chocolate, because I'm a kid at heart and an adult on the outside. And as an adult, I do what I want. 

One day recently I entered the donut shop and found that the milk selection was different: there were squat glass bottles in the cooler instead of the tall plastic ones. The bottle read, "Shatto Milk Company." So I asked the clerk if this would be a permanent change to their milk stock. 

He explained to me that yes, it was, and described how the process works. If you wish to purchase a bottle of Shatto Milk, first there is a "down payment" on the bottle (about $2) in case you do not return it. Then, you pay about the same amount for the milk itself. The initial investment is about $4, and when you bring the bottle back, you can either get the $2, or you can switch the empty bottle for a new one. If you get a new one, you would only pay $2, rather than $4 each time. They can be switched at any location that sells the product. 

But this is by far the least interesting bit about Shatto Milk. I was impressed immediately with the company's encouragement of recycling bottles. As in, they wash and reuse the bottles for the next batch of milk. No breaking or melting down required. No filling up landfills. No hurting wildlife. How exciting! I am always looking for new ways to be green. 

And yet, I wasn't sure if I'd like the milk itself. But I do LOVE chocolate milk, so I took a gamble. I bought my first bottle of Shatto Milk. With the milk and two donuts in hand, I left the store and got in my car. The first thing I did was open up that milk. I drank. 

Oh. 

My stars, that was good milk! It was the perfect amount of chocolatey and wasn't overpowering. It didn't leave that weird film feeling in my mouth that other products tend to do. I didn't feel like I needed to drink water afterwards in order to get it to not gum up my throat. Oh, it is so smooth, and creamy, without being too thick, and at the same time it is obviously NOT watered down. I cannot say enough just how good it really is. MMM. 

I know I only get this when I get donuts in the morning, and that isn't every day. But just as soon as I find where I can buy a whole gallon at a time, you can bet that will be the only milk I'll ever drink again. 

There's only one downside, which isn't really a downside: They're local to the KC area. So, the downside is, if you don't live near enough to get Shatto Milk, that's terrible. I feel very sorry for you. Go get Shatto Milk! Close your eyes as you take that first sip, and you'll never be the same again! 

Be sure to check out their website, www.shattomilk.com for more awesome information about their cows, their history, and their milk. 

P.S. I am writing this review of my own volition because I was so mooved by the product that I felt it necessary to share with everyone who might listen, or in this case, read.