Flavored and seasonal milk products are all the rage lately as milk processors get innovative for the holiday season. Most recently, TruMoo, a brand of Dallas-based Dean Foods, launched limited-edition Halloween-themed milks. The two flavors are: low-fat Vanilla, tinted bright orange and low-fat chocolate. Each variety features Halloween-inspired labels.

Breaking away from the standard chocolate and strawberry flavors, Tulare, Calif.-based Top O' The Morn Farms introduced reduced-fat Root Beer-flavored milk to its line last summer.

And because it’s not even Halloween yet of course many people are already thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, and eggnog flavors are popping up everywhere.

Christmas MilkAlso recently released from Top O’ The Morn Farms: its seasonal Eggnog-flavored milk (originally released last year), and the new Pumpkin Spice Eggnog-flavored milk. Both eggnogs are sold in quart size glass bottles.

Staying with the eggnog theme and hitting the stores later this month is Christmas Milk, Frisco, Texas. The eggnog-flavored milk is branded as “The Elves’ Favorite Drink” and is being re-introduced with a newly formulated recipe for the 2013 holiday season. The milk is now all-natural, gluten- and hormone-free, without any artificial ingredients or high-fructose corn syrup. It’s sold in 32-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

The story behind Christmas Milk is unique, as the product’s name was inspired by the founders’ (Heidi and Shane Fausel) adopted son. Their son couldn’t remember the name of a flavored milk he ounce enjoyed, all he could remember is that it “tasted like Christmas." After trying several flavored milks, the parents gave him a glass of eggnog and he said, “That’s it! It’s Christmas milk.” So the product (and name) was born. The owners of Christmas Milk are committed to bringing awareness to the need of finding children in foster care their forever homes. Each year the company donates a portion of all Christmas Milk sales to state programs that support this goal.

Christmas Milk can be purchased in the following supermarkets: Albertsons, Kroger, Central Market, Market Street, Pete’s Fresh Market, Piggly Wiggly, Rouses and other local stores.

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