Milk. It's goodness that matters for good nutrition, stronger farm families, and a strong economy. It's also the perfect companion to chocolate chip cookies! Is there anything tastier than a perfect cookie and tall glass of milk? We think not.
Give your kid's classmates an adorable and tasty Valentine featuring Pennsylvania's state beverage, courtesy of Choose PA Dairy!
PRINT: We Go Together Like Cookies and Milk!
PRINT: You're the Milk to my Cookies!
Milk is a nutrient powerhouse that contains the nine essential nutrients to good nutrition. It's proven to improve bone health, especially in children and teens.
- Calcium: Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It helps reduce the risk of stress fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Plays a role in promoting normal blood pressure.
- Vitamin D: Helps absorb calcium for healthy bones.
- Phosphorus: Works with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong.
- Riboflavin: Helps convert food into energy. Plays a vital role in the development of the central nervous system.
- Protein: Helps build and maintain lean muscle. Contains all the essential amino acids (the building blocks for protein).
- Vitamin B-12: Helps build red blood cells and helps maintain the central nervous system.
- Potassium: helps regulate the balance of fluids in the body and plays a role in maintaining a normal blood pressure.
- Vitamin A: Important for good vision, healthy skin, and a healthy immune system.
- Niacin: Helps the body's enzymes function normally by converting nutrients into energy.
Pairing cookies with Pennsylvania milk is good for your family's health, your local community, and the commonwealth. Pennsylvania produced milk can be found in grocery stores and markets in two easy ways.
Look for PA Preferred!
The surest way to know your milk is 100% Pennsylvania is to look for the PA Preferred logo. PA Preferred is a state branding campaign to ensure consumers they're supporting agribusinesses from their home state. Processors distributing milk with the PA Preferred logo on the final product are required to source 100% of their dairy from Pennsylvania farmers.
Or, find the Plant Code 42
If you can't find the PA Preferred logo on milk in your grocery store dairy case, look for the plant code. Milk with a plant code beginning with "42" means the milk is processed in Pennsylvania and sourced predominately from Pennsylvania dairy farms.
Plant codes are usually printed near the top of the container or on the lid, sometimes they're printed right on the label. The first, and most important, part of the code will always be two numbers (between 01 and 56 – this identifies the state where the milk was processed. Pennsylvania's magic number is 42!