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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Bantha Milk Popsicles (Blue Milk) | #FoodnFlix

Bantha Milk Popsicles aka Blue Milk | #FoodnFlix #StarWars
As a child of the 80's, I have an affinity for the "original three" Star Wars movies. And Ewoks. All of the kids on the street had Star Wars action figures, and since we all had a lot of the same ones, we had an easy way of knowing whose was whose...we each chose a specific nailpolish color, and painted to bottom of each of our figures feet with that color. It was simple, but genius (looking back). It allowed us to spread out and conquer the galaxy together, no matter whose porch we were playing on. And then we could simply check the bottoms of the feet to be sure we packed up our Darth Vader or C3PO cases with our own toys.

That said, I've grown to like the newer additions to the Star Wars Universe...almost as much as the ones I grew up with. The best part probably being that not only was I raised with Star Wars, so were/are my kids (my oldest commandeered my original trilogy VHS box set at a very young age).

All this is to say that I'm pretty excited that our current Food 'n Flix host, Kelley from Simply Inspired Meals, chose Star Wars as our theme for August! She invited everybody to create recipes inspired by anything from the vast universe that is Star Wars. She's actually doing double-duty this month, hosting and joining forces with the Fandom Foodies (so you can enter both events with a single post)!
Bantha Milk Popsicles aka Blue Milk | #FoodnFlix #StarWars
Now, I contemplated for almost the entire month about what to make. Oddly, I've never created a Star Wars inspired recipe, so my main problem was narrowing down the options. I toyed with making Rey's Portion Bread, Giant Cinnamon Princess Leia Buns, Chewie Cookies, or perhaps some Cantina Cocktails or Appetizers. But in the end, I rode my wave of action figure nostalgia, glass of blue milk in hand.

I mean, what kid didn't want a glass of blue milk after seeing Luke pour himself some? I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that Blue Moon is, and always has been, my favorite kind of ice cream? Mmmm...Blue Moon Shakes. So yeah, even though I know that there are a bunch of blue milk recipes out floating around out there, I still wanted to create my own.

In case you've forgotten what blue milk is, or aren't a Star Wars fan (gasp!), I suppose I should start there. Blue milk comes from large beasts native to Tatooine, the planet Luke was raised on (as was his father, Anakin), called Banthas. They are huge, long-haired animals that resemble woolly mammoths, but instead of tusks they have massive curly horns similar to sheep. And apparently, their milk is blue.
Bantha Milk Luke Skywalker
But the real question is what does Bantha milk taste like? According to Fandom, "the milk was well known for being very rich and refreshing, its opaque coloring suggesting that it was also sweet". Aside from it's color, I've always pictured it similar to yak milk. I also feel like it would be thick and tangy. So, to achieve those things, I used buttermilk as the base - rich, tangy, thick. And if you've ever had a cold glass of buttermilk on a hot day, you'll know that it's also refreshing.

To add blue color, I used a blue, berry flavored powdered drink mix. That also adds a little sweetness, along with the honey. Vanilla and orange blossom water keep it from being too basic, and a pinch of salt helps to boost each of those flavors. It's actually pretty stinking delicious. You can definitely drink a glass as-is (I did. Several of them.), but for a little extra fun, pour it into a popsicle mold!
Blue Milk aka Bantha Milk
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This month's edition of Food 'n Flix is being hosted by Kelley at Simply Inspired Meals with any movies from the Star Wars Universe; submissions are due August 30, 2019. She is also hosting Fandom Foodies in conjunction with Food 'n Flix, so don't forget to submit for both fun events!

Join us next month as we head into the kitchen with our host Debra of Eliot's Eats with her pick, O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

For inspiration, check out the Food 'n Flix website (click on any of the roundups listed to see what participants have been inspired to make by the movie choice), all of my past Food 'n Flix posts, or my Food 'n Flix Pinterest board!

Bantha Milk Popsicles (Blue Milk) #FoodnFlix #StarWars

Bantha Milk Popsicles (Blue Milk)

Yield: 2 cups Blue Milk or 6-8 Popsicles
prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M
Star Wars fans will love this recipe for tangy, slightly sweet Blue Milk aka Bantha Milk, in drink or popsicle form.


  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Crush Berry Punch Singles Packet
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • big pinch of fine-grain pink himalayan sea salt (or regular sea salt)
  • 6 to 8 popsicles sticks, if making popsicles


How to cook Bantha Milk Popsicles (Blue Milk)

  1. To make the Blue Milk (Bantha Milk), stir all of the ingredients together  until well-combined. Refrigerate for up to 1 week, shaking or stirring before serving.
  2. To make popsicles, pour the Blue Milk into popsicles molds and freeze until solid, adding popsicle sticks after about 1 hour (or per instructions for your popsicle mold).
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