Milk — it does a body good. And Friday is National Chocolate Milk Day! So raise a glass or dunk a cookie, cause it's time to celebrate.
As the Princeton Review's Stone-Cold Sober School, BYU students are known to love their milk, especially the chocolate variety. But how much do you know about the BYU's signature drink? Click through the slideshow for some entertaining stats and details.
A chocolate milk party
As you might know, consuming alcohol is against the honor code at BYU, which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s also against the church’s teachings. Chocolate milk, however, is a pretty hot commodity on campus, and each October, the university hosts a Milktoberfest to celebrate.
Decades of tradition
Though BYU’s student body is in a constant state of flux, the university’s chocolate milk is not. The recipe for the signature BYU Creamery beverage dates back to 1948.
A valuable import
The recipe isn’t the only thing about the milk with a little extra shelf life. The BYU Creamery still imports the chocolate from the original manufacturer in Switzerland.
Milk by the millions
At any given moment, 2,143,344 ounces of chocolate milk are available at various points across the university campus in vending machines, coolers and in half-gallon jugs at the Creamery.
A drinking habit
In 2016 alone, 308,786 bottles of chocolate milk from the BYU Creamery were sold. That’s a lot of lactose.
Take a swim
If you think 2016's consumption numbers are impressive, there have been five million gallons of BYU’s chocolate milk consumed in the last 20 years collectively, essentially enough to fill three football-field-sized swimming pools at a depth of four feet.
Minty fresh flavor
To celebrate 21 years of stone-cold sobriety, BYU released a new flavor of chocolate milk last year: Mint Brownie. The flavor combines BYU's epic brownies with its historic chocolate milk for a truly unique taste.