The Steuben Foods story started in 1920’s when Henry Schwartz’s grandfather walked his herd of 7 cows from Manhattan across the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn. The cows made their way to Queens and became the source of Elmhurst Dairy’s first bottled milk. Brothers Max and Arthur Schwartz hand-bottled milk and, with a delivery truck filled with ice blocks, began delivering milk as far out as the Scandinavian neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Now, Elmhurst Dairy is the only dairy in the New York metropolitan area with a fleet of 300 vendor-owned trucks delivering from their 1940s location in Jamaica, Queens.
Steuben County is where Elmhurst Dairy established their Western New York satellite operation. This cheese plant began turning out yogurt, which caught the eye of Kellogg’s. In the late 1970’s, Henry Schwartz started a joint venture with Kellogg’s leading to the incorporation of Steuben Foods in 1980. The resulting venture produced Whitney’s which is a massive success in the yogurt realm.
In the mid 1980’s, aseptic technology began to make its way from Europe. Milk could be placed on a counter and opened months later with a perfectly fresh product. This innovation broke new ground for Steuben Foods which innovated the company and led to the expansion of new shapes, sizes, packaging, and products. Their Elma facility covers a 15-plus line, 500,000-square foot operation producing everything from cartons to bottles containing broths to nutraceuticals.
Let’s take a look at some of their new products:
Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($28.80 for 12 – 10 oz. bottles + shipping) has a chocolate fudgy aroma. The deep, rich chocolate and fudgy brownie flavors are reminiscent of a chocolate fudge sundae in liquid form. Although it is ready to drink, I think I would pour it into a blender with ice for an icy, decadent treat. Rating: 4.7/5
Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers Coffee Caramel Dream ($28.80 for 12 – 10 oz. bottles + shipping) has a coffee and cream aroma. The rich cream and caramel flavors pair well with the subtle coffee flavor. Again, since this is ready to drink, I would serve this blended with ice or even poured over ice for an iced coffee feel. Rating: 5/5
Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers Strawberry Swirl ($28.80 for 12 – 10 oz. bottles + shipping) has a strawberry “quik” aroma. Artificial strawberries and cream flavor are experienced. This would be better blended with ice to take down the thickness of the drink and make it more refreshing. Rating: 4/5
Elmhurst Naturals Banana Water Original ($39.75 for 12 – 12 oz. bottles + shipping) has a slight banana aroma. It has a mild banana flavor with a little sourness on the front end but a refreshing finish. Rating: 3.3/5
Elmhurst Naturals Banana Water Mango ($22.05 for 12 – 12 oz. bottles + shipping) has a banana and tropical aroma. It has a refreshing banana tropical flavor, but not specifically mango. It needs more mango punch to it. Rating: 3.3/5
Elmhurst Naturals Banana Water Passion Fruit ($22.21 for 12 – 12 oz. bottles + shipping) also has a banana aroma. Just like the mango flavor, it has a tart banana tropical flavor, but not specifically passion fruit. It needs more passion fruit punch to set it apart. Rating: 3/5
If you’re looking for a decadent drink or a refreshing alternative to coconut water, check out Steuben Foods!
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