Answer: 1920s. In New Jersey. By a paisano named Natale Olivieri.
Question: When, where and by whom was Yoo-Hoo originally made and sold.
That’s all I’ve got folks.
No cute story about why I decided to mimic dairy-free Yoo-Hoo.
Sometimes something just pops into my head and I’m off and running.
Other than that I’ve got nothing.
Clearly there’s only one real Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Drink but, if you can’t have dairy or corn or are avoiding HFCS give this little recipe a try. It’s a smooth, light, healthy knock-off of a childhood favorite—a sweet treat to remind us how cool it is to be a kid.
So, go ahead, be a kid again for a day. Have a tall glass of Woohoo! Yoohoo! Chocolate Coconut Water and a few Four Chicken’s Animal Crackers.
Woohoo! Yoohoo! Chocolate Coconut Water
Mix together in a glass, heatproof measuring cup:
1 1/2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Vance’s Darifree
A pinch of salt
Pour in & stir until smooth:
1/4 cup very warm (not boiling) water
Place the cocoa mixture into a blender with:
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 3/4 cups coconut water (alternatively you can use purified water)
Whir for a minute or two. Chill and serve. Makes two 1 cup servings.
You can probably double or triple this recipe and keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Both 100% pure unflavored coconut water (like ONE) and Vance’s Darifree are gluten-free and dairy-free. The local grocer and health food or specialty stores, like Trader Joe’s, carry coconut water. I found Vance’s Darifree at Wegmans.