I love Star Wars and I know a lot of other people do too, millions in fact, all across the world. Despite all the love, there’s still plenty of hate and anger. I’d like to do my part to remedy that malice with a little celebration of my own by highlighting things about Star Wars that bring me joy.
Each week I’ll discuss something different and topics won’t necessarily be related to divisive conversation. Instead, I’ll reflect on anything Star Wars that makes me smile. This week, I’ll be discussing Blue Milk, one of the best drinks in the galaxy.
Whenever I visit Disneyland and Galaxy’s Edge one of the most important things I do is order a cup of Blue Milk. Sure it’s expensive and I could always use more but damn if it isn’t delicious. I love the way it tastes and the way it just reminds me of Star Wars. Sometimes reminders come from the most unexpected places.
Blue Milk has a lot of tastes. I’m not sure what they all are but I will say it always tastes refreshing and delicious. I assume there’s a lot of sugar in it so that certainly helps. By itself though, Blue Milk isn’t iconic. It had to start somewhere. A long time ago at drive-in far, far away Aunt Beru first served Luke a fine cup of Blue Milk. No one knew what it was or how it tasted but it never left the imaginations of fans everywhere, myself included. Decades passed and when Galaxy’s Edge was announced it came with a promise of Blue Milk.
From my first experience to my most recent, the drink did not disappoint. It went beyond the flavor. There was something behind it. Maybe it was the nostalgia, the feeling or just a simple reminder of Star Wars buried somewhere inside Blue Milk.
That’s what I love about Blue Milk beyond just the flavor and the color. It’s something that harkens back to my childhood, to the initial joy of discovering Star Wars. It signals those first moments with Luke and the fact that his journey is about to begin. It’s the last moment of normalcy for him and stirs up those feelings of home. Sure, it’s not your home but Star Wars is home for so many. Blue Milk is just another callback to Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru and Luke talking about moisture vaporators and R2 units.
Star Wars joy is usually found in watching films, sharing it with others or finding meaning from the toys that might line your shelves. Blue Milk is the rare instance in which taste brings the triumph and jubilation of Star Wars to the forefront of your heart.
Kyle Scully is a regular contributor at From a Certain Point of View. He also enjoys discussing sports, movies, comic books and more, as well as writing at puckjunk.com! Follow him on Twitter at @socal_scully.