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Apr 10, 2008 10:15 AM

Who loves coffee milk?

I'm just learning about this stuff. When did you first drink it? Where does it come from?

Why are schoolchildren drinking this stuff? Isn't there caffeine in it?

And what is the difference between Autocrat and Eclipse syrups, tastewise?

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  1. It comes from Rhode Island, and is the official state drink.
    Autocrat and Eclipse are made by the same company.
    There is caffeine in cola and plenty of people give it to kids.

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    1. re: EastRocker

      I grew up in Georgia in the 60's and my mom would give us what we called coffee milk. Actually, it was lots of milk with a few spoonfuls of coffee (probably the instant variety) and sugar. Boy we thought we were really grown up. And now they market the stuff!!

    2. I first tried it as a kid at a friend's house (late 70's). She would stir instant coffee and sugar in a glass of (cold) milk. I thought it was weird back then, but I love it now. I heat the milk in the microwave with the coffee and sugar (it would probably be even better if if brought to a boil in a pan, but I'm far too lazy to wash an extra pan!). Even my kids drink it as a 'treat' with their Saturday morning bagels...

      Never heard of the syrups...

      1. I grew up on the stuff, I am a native Rhode Islander. They offered all through school in half-pint cartons along with whole milk...

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        1. re: Sean

          Out of curiosity, do you or did you ever mix your own using the syrup? I tried Autocrat, and wasn't really a huge fan. It's very sweet?

          1. re: leobot

            We did own the syrup but rarely used it, many of the local dairies sell it pre-mixed in the milk isle of the local markets.


        2. Eclipse is sweeter than Autocrat. There's also a third brand, Coffee Time, with its own time-warp label, which is supposed to be the strongest, coffee-wise, of the three. It's also made by the same company now. I was always an Autocrat guy, but on my last trip to RI I tried some Coffee Time syrup and was very impressed.

          Read all about it:

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          1. re: Bob W

            I love coffee syrup. I grew up just over the line in North Attleboro, and I don't remember the first time I tried it because I've had it since I was a child.
            I'm an autocrat girl. I think Eclipse is too sweet, but it does take some experimenting to get just the right flavor for each person.
            It's the best with a fluffernutter

            1. re: Bob W

              When I was a kid (in NH) we had Lincoln Syrup. It came in a bottle shaped like a bust of Abraham Lincoln. The cap was shaped like a top hat and it had a slot in it so the bottle could be used as a bank once the syrup was used up and the little cardboard inner disk was popped out.

            2. It's very much a "Vo Dilun" thing. I grew up on the stuff, too, and it pairs perfectly with a fluffernutter. Ours was an Autocrat house. We'd put chocolate and coffee syrup on coffee ice cream. Like coffee syrup, I've never seen coffee ice cream outside of this corner of NE.

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              1. re: RI Swampyankee

                Wow, I haven't "heard" swamp yankee for years. My Mom said I was bred and born a "swampyankee". Warwick, RI

                1. re: Lenox637

                  I'm in Warwick, too. The family has been living in the swamps and clamming the west bay for ages.

                2. re: RI Swampyankee

                  I've lived in both NJ & TN and we had coffee ice cream both places. Coffee milk, however, I never even heard of until I came to RI.