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Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows, According To A Surprising Amount Of Americans

By Mark Pygas

Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you that chocolate milk comes from brown cows? Well, apparently some people actually believed them, and still believe them well into their adult life. 

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy conducted a survey in April, which asked some pretty basic questions about milk to more than 1,000 adults. Rather worryingly, 48 percent of respondents said that they aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from. But things get worse. 

Another 7 percent claimed that they did know the origin of chocolate milk — it comes from brown cows, of course. Seriously, people? The Washington Post did the math and that works out to be 16.4 million Americans, or the entire population of Pennsylvania and change. In case you're one of these people, chocolate milk is just milk flavored with cocoa beans.