Monday, April 18, 2011

Product Review - Chocolate Morning Moo's

After buying a number of different products packaged in #10 tins in an "emergency survival" section of a local grocery store, I have been systematically trying them so I know what we would like to stock up on and what we consider a waste of money.

We bought our "emergency" foods at a local chain grocery store called Rosauers (although I have heard that local Walmart stores have begun to carry the same selection).  The prices at the local stores are considerably less than they are when purchasing the same item online (and, of course, you don't have to pay shipping).  For example, I bought honey powder for $8.99 for a #10 tin at Rosauers and the same thing online costs $12.75.

Our latest experiment has been with Chocolate Morning Moos.  Generally speaking, we don't allow our children to indulge in chocolate milk, however, in a survival situation, sometimes a little taste of normal goes a long way.  Oftentimes, powdered milk is a less than savory substitute for the real thing and when the grid goes down, will most likely be confined to baking rather than drinking "fresh".  Kids, especially those used to drinking milk and other "flavored" drinks will view chocolate milk as a highly anticipated treat after months of nothing but water.  In that vein, we bought a tin of Chocolate Morning Moos and proceeded to give it a try.

Can, freshly opened.  It is quite full.
Measuring enough powder for 1 gallon of "milk"
Pouring warm water in with the powder
Mixing 1 quart warm water with powder

Pouring the mixture into a gallon jar.
Fill the jar with cold water and mix.
The review panel - my children - gave the Chocolate Morning Moos an enthusiastic thumbs up.  The flavor does improve after being chilled (as stated on the can), although my children all had to taste it immediately and were instantly smitten.

Handy spot on the back of the
can to write the date that the item was opened.

I will buy more Chocolate Morning Moos, although I will not keep a large supply on hand, due to the fact that I think our money is spent more wisely on nutritious foods.  I do think having a can or two could be a tremendous morale booster, especially for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.


  1. Hi Enola!

    Just to let you know I love your blog and it's one of the reasons I started blogging about my families homesteading adventures. I too have seen this brand carried at Walmart and bought two cans of the dried milk. The price was excellent.

    How much was the morning moo's?

    Keep up the great blog, I enjoy it so much. Your post about childlike faith was just what I needed to read.

  2. I haven't purchased the Morning Moo brand but do buy milk powder and occasionally chocolate milk powder from Honeyville Grains. We also purchase several other products from them and have been very pleased with everything so far.

  3. Super 1 Foods has the Honey Powder and 5 gallon buckets of wheat berries also. Going to pick up the honey powder this week because you gave it such a good review.

  4. Do you have to be a kid to drink it? Sure looks good to me and heaven knows I'm no kid.

    NoCal Gal

  5. My kids like Morning Moo's too! Like you, I've been trying #10 canned items here and there. One item I tried and wish I didn't was Provident Pantry Scrambled Eggs. YUCK. Tasted like very stale, cardboard flavored eggs. The only way I could get them to taste anywhere near edible was to hit em with a little bacon grease and add cheese and veggies to them as an omlet.

  6. Patrice,

    Something not many folks think about with so many of these survival foods is what is in them.

    I have tasted Morning Moo and decided not to buy more because one of the ingredients is hydrogenated soybean (vegetable) oil which has been linked to heart disease in later life.

    Like most of such things they tend to be insidious and slow to generate any problems, but realize heart disease was a trivial problem in the USA before the introduction of Crisco in 1913.

    Other things to beware of include high fructose corn syrup, the FDA food colors, and aluminum in baking mixes.

    Like all such issues, your health, your choice.

    Winston Bearkiller

  7. Winston Bearkiller, I understand your personal decision to avoid foods that may lead to heart disease. However, the year that you say Crisco was introduced is the same year the Federal Reserve Bank and the IRS were established. So I have to wonder if it is our food or our government that gives us heart trouble. :)

    P.S. According to the Crisco website, it was introduced in 1911.

    NoCal Gal

  8. My children will absolutely choose to go milkless rather than drink all powdered milks I have tried. Morning Moo's is the exception. They will drink it as willingly as store-bought fresh whole milk. This is what I stock for my emergency supply along with a few cans of the flavored choices.

    When childrens lives are turned into more No's than Yes's because of uncertainty or disaster it will be nice to give them some small special things.

    I also stock regular powdered milk for cooking and baking since Morning Moos, though made with milk whey, is not actually entirely milk.

  9. Thanks for the reviews! Another very good product is Nido powdered whole milk. It's made by Nestle, and tastes just like "real" milk when mixed up. It contains whole milk, soy lecithin, and vitamins A and D. Can be difficult to find, but is sold in many ethnic (Mexican) grocery stores. There's also a similar named product - Nido Kinder+ - which I wouldn't buy, due to ingredients.