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Chocolate milk is a healthy incentive for kids who need calcium but don't like white milk. It contains numerous benefits for adults as well. In 2006, a study conducted at the University of Indiana and published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that athletes who drank chocolate milk between two sessions of vigorous exercise actually recovered faster than those who simply drank sports drinks. Rather than buying it at the store, save money by making your own whole, low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk by the gallon at home using any chocolate syrup designed for milk.

Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into an empty gallon-sized container using the funnel. The empty space in a half-filled gallon allows you to mix the milk more easily by shaking than a completely filled container.

Microwave 1/2 cup chocolate syrup for 10 to 15 seconds or until it appears thin and pourable.

Pour 1/4 cup chocolate syrup into each container.

Replace both lids tightly on each container. Holding on to the lid, shake the first gallon vigorously over the sink for 30 to 45 seconds or until you cannot see any syrup at the bottom of the container. Shake the second container of milk. Pour the chocolate milk from one container into the other, using the funnel, to create a single gallon of chocolate milk.

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Christina Schnell

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.