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The Invention of Chocolate Milk
Sir Hans Sloane, an Irishman, first created chocolate milk over 350 years ago. He had tasted chocolate while in the West Indies, but said it made him nauseous, so he added milk and sugar to make it more appealing. (This was before hot chocolate and chocolate bars were invented, so he was eating something closer to melted semisweet or baking chocolate.) By 1700, people would often go to “chocolate houses” instead of coffee houses, where they could choose from a range of different chocolate milk mixes. His new invention must have been quite healthy — Sir Sloane lived to the impressive age of 92.