November 19, 2007

Milk Lunch

Milk Lunch

Mrs. Alison’s Milk Lunch

The “Milk Lunch” cracker is alive and well, and I bought some at my local supermarket. It’s the Nabisco “Royal” version that is no longer made.

These aren’t the same brand I grew up with. The brand I remember had some sort of printing on the crackers and the biscuits themselves were larger and more cookie-like. But these smell the same as I remember.

They taste a lot like a Ritz cracker, although a lot less salty and a little sweeter. They’re less fatty than Ritz crackers.

These make a nice snack and would go well with milk and coffee.

The box calls them “New England Biscuits,” but I’m not sure why they’re particular to this area.

While we’re talking about endangered foods, I can’t resist a mention and a link to Space Food Sticks.

Posted by James at November 19, 2007 8:17 PM
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I have never seen these Space Food thingies. They used to have Astronaut Ice Cream, Astronaut Pizza, etc. (freeze-dried food) at Kennedy Space Center, but these stick things are unfamiliar.

Posted by: Julie at November 19, 2007 10:01 PM

I think the name of the brand is a bit decensiving. I don't think the crackers is suitable as lunch as I would consider them to be overflown flood, meaning they will only get your fatter. No nutrients at all. But I do understand why you bought it though. After all I think we all need sometimes to experience childhood by eating the way we do.

Posted by: My-Kin at November 20, 2007 3:18 AM

I wonder where the name comes from. But they are good with milk. You're correct in that they don't make the most nutritious lunch time meal. But not bad for a snack.

Slop on some home made jam and you could even get some vitamins!

Posted by: James at November 20, 2007 8:11 AM

Not sure where the name comes from, but I agree - not the best lunch if eaten alone.

Posted by: James at November 20, 2007 8:15 AM

Julie, I don't think the space food sticks (I'm sure my sister used to call them "moon sticks") are any more astronaut food than pop-tarts. I'm not sure why they were called that, probably just because the space program was popular. Otherwise they might've been "cowboy sticks." Mmmmm.

I miss something that was breakfast junk food, I can't remember what it was called, but it was like a pop-tart only it was made like a braided rug -- a long thin tube of dough surrounding a filling, I think -- and then swirled into an oval shape and then frosted, I think. Yeah, I miss it so much I can't remember its name or what it was made of. Not that I would eat them if they were available! LOL.

Posted by: Maggie at November 20, 2007 9:51 AM

"Otherwise they might've been "cowboy sticks." Mmmmm."

Must.... not... make... innapropriate.... joke.

Posted by: David Grenier at November 20, 2007 9:57 AM

Space Food Sticks were so named because NASA based one of their space foods on them. They worked with Pillsbury to develop them.

They're not the actual stuff that got sent to space; they're a product that was created before that. Yeah, the space tie-in is mostly hype, but there is a tenuous connection. Check out the "appreciation society" and you can see the actual NASA press release.

Posted by: James at November 20, 2007 10:03 AM

Wow - I just noticed I'm talking to myself up there. looks like I responded in two windows and submitted both responses by mistake.

Posted by: James at November 20, 2007 10:04 AM

I wasn't concerned whether astronauts really ate them or not - I was just saying I remembered something with a similar name.

Posted by: Julie at November 20, 2007 10:08 AM

Royal Lunch crackers had printing on them. My dad loved those crackers. Sometimes, I'd hear a noise downstairs and it would be my dad, fixing a mignight snack of Royal Lunch crackers with butter on them and a glass of milk.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 20, 2007 1:03 PM

David... maybe there's a marketing tie-in there with Brokeback Mountain.

Posted by: Maggie at November 20, 2007 2:57 PM

I wonder if you're thinking of Maria cookies/biscuits. They have the printing and are more cookie like than Milk Lunch.

Growing up, my grandmother had both in the pantry. Maybe it's time to go pick up a box of each.

Posted by: Lefty at November 21, 2007 3:04 AM

You should do a Head-To-Head.

Head-to-Head may be a regular Aces Full feature in 2008. Coming Soon!

Posted by: James at November 21, 2007 9:23 AM

Walked by Milk Lunch in the grocery store today. Grabbed a box without thinking,

You bastards.

Posted by: Bull at November 21, 2007 12:22 PM

After I read the Milk Lunch post, I scrolled down to find Crown Pilot crackers.

James, have you been reminiscing with my dad? He also loved Crown Pilots.

In fact, if I had thought of it today, I would have told him about your musings on these crackers while he was at my house for Thanksgiving dinner. He would have loved it!

Posted by: Patti M. at November 22, 2007 7:12 PM

It's all Julie's fault! Now I keep those Crown Pilot crackers in my desk at work to ward off hunger pangs in between meals. Can't go wild on them, because they are 70 calories or so each. But that's not bad for a little snack. It beats those 100 calorie packs.

Posted by: James at November 22, 2007 7:23 PM

Next thing I know, you'll be writing about these nasty cookies he loved: some sort of cream-colored, flower-shaped, jam-filled cookies--blech.

It will be at that point that I will know for sure you've been talking with my dad.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 22, 2007 7:37 PM

Danish cookies like these?

Jam-filled cookies are not my favorite. But give me a good cracker and I am happy.

Posted by: James at November 22, 2007 8:25 PM

The cookies at that link look home-made and like something I would actually eat.

If I weren't on my fabulously retro (a la 1983) dial-up conection (currently at a blistering 28.8 Kbps), I'd search for a picture of the cookies of which I wrote. Perhaps once I return to the office next week, I shall do so.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 24, 2007 4:10 PM

I think I remember what Patti's talking about. I think they looked more like this:

Posted by: Maggie at November 24, 2007 5:54 PM

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