Chocolate milk ban close to coming to Connecticut schools

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Rocky Hill, CT (WFSB) — A chocolate milk ban could be coming to school cafeterias around Connecticut.

Lawmakers signed off on the bill and pushed it to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s desk for his signature. They said it boils down to federal funding.

“I know several kids who won’t drink any milk if it’s not chocolate,” said Mary Manwaring of Rocky Hill.

Mary Manwaring’s daughter Bethany said when given the choice, she always chose chocolate.

“It has chocolate in it and I like chocolate,” fourth-grader Bethany Manwaring said.

As a mother, Mary Manwaring said she won’t fight that argument because at the end of the day, Bethany was still getting nutrients from the milk.

All of that could change after state legislators approved a bill that would ban that and some juices from public schools.

Under the proposal, the only thing that would be served is low-fat unflavored milk and beverages with no artificial sweeteners, no added sodium and no more than four grams of sugar per ounce.

With high fructose corn syrup and 200 milligrams of sodium on the label, chocolate milk would not make the cut.

“They’re going to be pretty upset because most of the class drinks chocolate milk,” Bethany said.

“If it’s a little bit of chocolate, it’s the least of our worries,” said Mary Manwaring.

Lawmakers said if they did not make the move, the state would not get money from the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. It authorized and set policies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s child nutrition programs, including school lunches.

However, child nutrition experts were not on board. Eyewitness News spoke with Jill Castle, a registered dietitian nutritionist from New Canaan.

“From a nutrient profile, you’re getting calcium, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus and other nutrients,” she said.

Castle went on to say that when chocolate milk was removed, overall milk consumption among children went down.

Bethany said she saw it first-hand.

“With most milks, we only go through two bins, but for chocolate, we go through four bins,” she explained.

Eyewitness News reached out to the governor’s office. Officials said Malloy would review the bill.

If he signs it, it would take effect July 1 and the changes would be seen during the next school year.


  • dalebo

    once again we all suffer because of a few obese parents that have no control over their actions or children.”BE LIKE ME ,BIG AND FAT”says the mom whos overweight and has little self esteem and must make her kids that away.Cant wait til someone in the gov comes to my house and wipes for me

    • Not all moms are like that

      There may be those moms you spoke of, but I want to chime in for at least 2 obese moms that proactively have said that they don’t want their children to end up like them. They are taking the appropriate measures to ensure their kids grow up strong and healthy.

    • Susan

      Many people, probably you to, are not too bright and need a nanny. To be certain, children need someone watching out for their health and best interest.

      • athynz

        Perhaps YOU need the government to tell you and your children what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think – I certainly do not. Sounds like you’d prefer to beat the libpro paradise that is Connecticut. By all means don’t let anyone stop you from joining up with the nanny state. C’ya! Bye! Adios!

  • lori tanner

    the bad thing is that kids are growing up thinking this choice is correct because the adults are making the choices and because such a large institution like the public school is doing it.

  • Paula Rich

    The chocolate milk our schools in Virginia serve are low at, and full of nutrients – and I mean, come on people, the amount they get in those little cartons, is not going to influence obesity either way! At least most of these children are drinking milk!

  • amandan3kids

    If you all read the article, it stated that if they didn’t do this than they would loose funding for the lunches. It all comes down to politics.

  • Kathy Shaw

    It’s the kind they serve. I agree with the less sugar thing. Kids, and me, get way to much of it. A little research and they could make everyone happy, or at least most.

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