Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tried It Tuesday - Horizon Organic Milk

I have always been a milk drinker. I crave milk. My husband doesn't understand, he doesn't even drink all the milk out of the cereal bowl. After I have been outside on a warm day, nothing tastes better than a tall glass of cold milk. Before I had children and found myself drinking the whole milk I was buying for them on occassion, I had this perception that whole milk was thick. But, once I was drinking it semi-regularly, I decided I liked the rich, creamy texture of the whole milk. I just didn't like the higher fat content.

Then, about a year ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a BzzCampaign through BzzAgent and got to try Horizon Organic Milk. I'm not sure what it is about the organic milk, but even the low fat version has a rich, creamy taste to it. It makes you think that you are drinking whole milk. I love it. I tastes like I'm indulging, even though I'm drinking the low fat milk.

The BzzCampaign was specific to the milk with the added DHA Omega 3, which is supposed to be good for your eyes and your brain. To me, it is always a nice benefit when a product you enjoy can provide additional nutrients.

One thing that I have noticed is that when you buy the milk, the expiration date is sometimes weeks out. I believe this is a result of the Ultra Pasteurization process. Once opened, the package indicates it is good for seven days. Both of these are definitely an improvement over regular milk.

Another nice thing is that because it is Organic, you know that the cows weren't treated with hormones. Of course, in this part of Ohio, even the store brand milk is rBST free, so this isn't really any different than regular milk.

To me the only drawback of Organic milk is it's price tag. It is very hard to justify purchasing a half gallon of Organic milk for the same price, or more, than I pay for a full gallon of regular milk. As such, I have made it my guilty pleasure. I don't buy it weekly, in fact, usually only when I have a coupon or it is on sale, but I do buy it as a treat to myself. It is reserved strictly for drinking and (I know this is bad) only for me, not the rest of the family.

Have you tried Horizon Organic Milk? What did you think? Have you tried something else - what did you think? Share your comments or post on your blog, with a link back to this post, and add your link to Mr Linky.