#721 Drinking anything through the little hole in a coffee stirrer

ready for sippingMy sister and I took skating lessons when we were kids.

For years my parents drove us down to the rusty old arena around the corner on Sunday nights. Cheap coffee, chilled sweat, and change room mold lingered in the air as we laced up our skates between other two-foot tall kids in big swishy snow pants.

They haunt me stillMost of my memories of the place involve hitting the ice head-first, hitting the boards head-first, and getting ice shavings up my mitts. But it was all worth it.

Yes, it was all worth it because I got to enjoy a celebratory chocolate milk at the end of each trip. And since chocolate milk was such big deal to me I did my final laps of the rink just dreaming about the stuff. And sure, I had many dreams on those nights — mostly of well-stocked first aid kits, dry mitts, and space heaters — but nothing was better than that chocolate milk.

Now, nothing made my chocolate milk last longer than drinking it through the tiny hole in a coffee stirrer. Oh sure, maybe it felt a bit unnatural at first, and I admit it’s probably not the greatest move for picking up chicks down at the drive-in or dirtbike tracks, but come on: how good does it feel to suck your cheeks in real hard and vacuum up your drink through that tiny pinhole?

Plus, there’s the Maximum Drinking Time (MDT) factor as well. While my sweaty buddies gulped down their milks in thirty seconds I got to enjoy mine over the next few days — taking it in drop by drop, molecule by molecule, and letting it just soak up and into my mouth every so sweetly.

People, if you’re with me then just suck it up kiddy-style once in a while.

For old time’s sake.


Fond memories

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7 thoughts on “#721 Drinking anything through the little hole in a coffee stirrer

  1. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.


    There’s a little hole in those things? Why am I only just learning this NOW? Why do I not remember this from the first time round?! I MUST INVESTIGATE THIS AWESOMENESS!

    (And now I’m going to be so disappointed if I can only find those stupid flat plastic sticks without holes…)

  2. This used to be the only way I drank my coffee at work, but sadly we are out and they won’t order any. It helped prevent that drip down the side of my cup that I get when I tip the cup to drink.

  3. Yes! Here is where I discovered this awesome but it does not make things last longer b/c it’s too much fun…and good to the last drop…Just another Tequila Sunrise:)

    1. …or should I say, Not just another Tequila Sunrise when drank thru the tiny wee straw…:)

  4. When I was a kid, my parents had these blue drink stirrers they rarely used, but I loved using them when I got my hands on them (which involved climbing up on the cupboards…fun!). You’re right on with sucking in your cheeks to slurp through the stir…something very satisfying about it. I do not drink coffee, so I’ve not had stirrers in ages. Think I need to find some and use them for my iced tea!

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