HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut school children who enjoy chocolate milk are being granted a reprieve.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday vetoed an education bill that included language potentially prohibiting the sale of nonfat chocolate milk in schools.
The ban was apparently an inadvertent result of an effort to reduce sodium levels in beverages provided in Connecticut school cafeterias, as required by federal law. But in his veto message, Malloy said all milk producers add some sodium to their nonfat chocolate milk to counteract the bitterness caused by adding cocoa to the milk.
During a public appearance on Thursday, Malloy admitted that he enjoys chocolate milk, not to mention chocolate shakes. But in his veto message, he said students should ideally drink unflavored nonfat milk considering chocolate milk contains unnecessary calories and sugar.