Last Friday, Leigh and I were having a talk. We were walking towards our favorite Samgyeopsal place, which we did a video about a while ago, and we were having a goodbye dinner for our intern, Beth, who was here for two weeks helping us out with a really cool project.

On our way to the Samgyeopsal place, Leigh raised an issue with me. I, apparently, don’t like the stuff that tastes good in Korea. Banana milk is delicious, and the Melon milk according to her is delicious as well. I politely objected. Banana milk tastes like Penicillin. The same way how Korean people don’t like Root Beer because it tastes like medicine, I can’t like Banana milk. Some Korean people get over the taste association of Root Beer and grow to like it, as Martina has with Banana milk, but I can’t get there. Fair objection, I’d say.

Then Leigh went on to say that she was surprised I didn’t like the Melon milk. It tastes like the Melon Ice Cream bars in Korea, and those are lovely! Which, I agree, those are great, but Melon in my milk? It just doesn’t taste right.

Maybe I just had my guard up: I’m waiting for my comeuppance from Leigh and Soo Zee for making them eat bad stuff while pretending that it’s great, like the Mountain Dew chips, for example. I know I’ve got something bad from them coming my way, so maybe I just drank this with my fear firmly at the forefront. They weren’t very convincing the first time they offered it to me! They wouldn’t look me in the eye! I was sure they were lying!

Or have I just become too paranoid? Has my extensive pranking and trolling of others put my guard up unnaturally as a result? Am I the biggest victim of my own pranking? Have simple pleasures in life now been sullied? I don’t know. All I can say is I won’t accept anything my victims offer me unless I look em in the eye and read their body language. Fortunately, none of my friends are good actors. Except for Martina. She’ll go to great lengths to get me back, and she can act.

What a long ramble this has been. Umm…what am I talking about? Drink Melon milk yourself and let me know what you think. It’s not terrible. It’s not poisonous, and doesn’t associate negatively with anything else from my childhood. It’s just viciously sweet for me. Let me know what you think, if you’ve had it.

While you’re at it, click on this pretty button below, right here, if you’d like to try some yourself. Supposedly YouTube mails out Banana and Melon milks to good girls and boys who subscribe.

  1. lost-in-bigbang

    I drank the banana milk when I went to Korea. It was delicious, but I’m not so sure of the Melon one. Just telling from your reactions and harsh words, I’m guessing it sucks balls.

  2. grassi

    melon bars!!!!!! <3 heaven is filled with melon bars~

  3. I think the strawberry milk is the best!!!!!

  4. Well surprisingly… this banana milk is a long-time steady seller in Korea. haha

  5. Bryony

    I love all Asian-made melon-flavored things so Melon Milk is high on my list of stuff to track down and try…

  6. I like fruit milk…? Like, bubble tea, and the fruit milk they have at onsens, yeah?

    I also like yoghurt drinks. Y’know, like Yakult and stuff. There was this drinking-yoghurt brand in Thailand which I really liked; blueberry was my favourite flavour. Hold on – Dutch Mill was the brand; I lived off that stuff.

    But then again, my opinion on food or drinks is pretty useless. I like eating/drinking anything so long as it isn’t growing mold or maggots even then i just cut out those bits and eat it anyway

  7. I can imagine if you don’t like this that are super sweet you wouldn’t like the fruit milks.
    As I am someone who likes things that are super sweet. I shall buy one tomorrow before I go to work. ^^

  8. Martina Vs Milk: Milk 3, Martina 0. XD I’ve also taken to saying things ‘tastes like sadness’ or ‘smells like sadness’ and I get some pretty weird looks LOL! Especially at work. XD

  9. I saw those at Emart yesterday!!! I was really confused cuz I was looking for almond milk haha

  10. This makes me wanna try the strawberry milk I had as a kid again, but they don’t sell it anywhere here in Sweden anymore. Too bad. Martina you look gorgeous in this video btw! Ok, bye /heads to kitchen for some melon.

  11. Hahaha admit it, Martina! This was (secretly) a video to torture Simon. ADMIT IT mwahaha!

  12. In Bulgaria there is a whole range of milk that is called Wave and it’s under the company *Fibela* and they make:Vanilla Ice-cream flavor,Banana,Capucchino,Strawberry,Melon,Chocolate,Caffe Latte ^_^ Also guys can you see the video request i made for you- It’s been 1 month and you still haven’t seen it TT-TT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUDKbe9VV_M

  13. I like Korean banana milk. I hate North American banana milk because it reminds me of penicillin. Korean banana milk, at least the one I have found in Manitoba, is great and doesn’t rmind me of penicillin at all! Its really expensive though (7 bucks for 6 little juice boxes) so I only get it as a special treat. Plus it’s only available at a store that’s all the way across the city.

    Melon flavoured stuff always sounds so good to me but I hate it when I try it. I don’t like cantaloupe or honeydew. I know its going to taste like that but I always hope it’ll taste different and I don’t know why.

  14. Strawberry milk is good, never had melon milk before though
    I has a question: How is Korea for lactose intolerant people? Is there easy access to soymilk or almond milk in the grocery stores?

  15. Am I the only one around here who genuinely enjoys Simon’s humour? “Honeydon’t” Come on. That’s awesome.
    I love banana milk, however chemical and fake it tastes. It reminds me of the good times I had in Korea so…

  16. I don’t like milk as it is. If I have to drink it, it’s like playing roulette with my digestive system. But melon milk? That’s a double NO for me, Melon is pretty much the only fruit (besides watermelon!) that I really can’t stand and makes me want to throw up. It’s pretty popular within the Chinese community here so any time my bf and I go visiting his friends they always insist we eat fruit and it’s always a melon and I feel really rude if I don’t take some but I feel like crying every time I take a bite. My bf’s mum always insisted I have orange milk when we visited, but it didn’t really taste like milk, it was really watered down or something and that was tasty enough – probably the only time I’ve been happy to drink it haha

  17. Ewwww fruit milk?

  18. Tiara Sune

    I have heard almond milk is pretty tasty, but haven’t tested it out yet. I don’t drink much milk, but if I was going to drink a favored milk I have to go with Strawberry Milk. I can’t stand chocolate milk after years of it in elementary school. I swear it was medicine in those boxes instead of chocolate milk. Yuck!!! Give me Strawberry Milk any day.

  19. Black_Tokki (。-_-。)

    I wish I could try some!! I love honeydew and melons~~~ hate milk though….


  21. Well… I’m lactose intolerant so I have a problem with milk in general.

  22. Mariam Watt

    Melon milk! When I lived in Africa you could find melon milk- but in a tiny can, not the plastic bottles. It was amazing! Perhaps because I was starved for calories and the sugar tasted fabulous. But it was pricey- like most people would not be able to buy it on a regular basis. But I was once at a wedding, where they passed around huge, chilled bowls of melon milk. It was heavenly. I totally drank more than my share before passing it on. So I think this is also popular in North Africa, not just Korea.

  23. KATHyphenTUN

    oohh I think I will really like these! I love cantaloupe and honey dew, plus I will drink any kind of milk there is!
    I know there are a lot of melon flavored things in asian and I haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like :3 I’m excited to add this to my list if they keep them around long enough!

    PS. Martina I’m allergic to Penicillin too and know what you mean about the banana flavored stuff… It’s just not pleasant at all!! ><

  24. I don’t know if I would like either of those. I think regular milk is kinda gross, but I like almond milk! So maybe??

  25. I find it funny that Simon loves plain milk but hates fruit milk because I have the opposite problem! When I was little my parents could never get me to drink milk (and to this day I don’t get enough calcium intake for similar reasons), but strawberry milk is my favorite thing…ever probably. So good! I love melon soda, so I wonder how I would feel about melon milk. Hmmm… ^v^

  26. Judging by how much strawberry milk makes me want to vomit, I doubt i’d like these… Strawberry milk is just too sweet for me to drink and i’m guessing that these would be similar >o<

  27. Suiyoubii

    Awh no fair! I really want to tree Melon flavoured Milk but I’ve never seen any other fruit flavours in the UK besides Strawberry and Banana, I’ve seen a vanilla flavoured milk too, but no melon :(

  28. That’s right, you are an adult!! You do what you want!!

    Buuuut, happy wife = happy life so choose wisely my friend.

  29. In Taiwan they have many other kinds of fruit flavored milk – literally almost any fruit you could think of; strawberry, watermelon, melon, green bean, red bean (not fruits), and the weird thing is, they’re actually good! I had the banana milk in Korea and it was okay, but not as good as Taiwanese fruit milk. Also, at the night markets there, they make the fruit milk by hand, by blending up milk and fresh watermelon in a blender. If you want it sweet they’ll add sugar or honey, and man oh man is that stuff amazing!

  30. I’ve had the banana milk from the Asian market honestly for me it wasn’t a taste thing it was totally a texture thing. Maybe cause the only time I eat yogurt any more is when I am on antibiotics to stop my stomach from freaking out oh me. It also doesn’t help that the last time i was eating it i happened to watch the nose air filtration WTF yeah yogurt plus lots of booger talk not such a good conversation. Also i grew up on skim or fat free milk so any thing thicker makes me feel like i almost have to chew it? any way so it does taste good but i still don’t like it.

  31. we have a lot of melon flavored milk drinks here in the Philippines too. :3 and i really really love this one. specially when you serve it chilled with slices of succulent melon.. *Yum* i want Simon to try it and watch his reaction.. :3

  32. PunkyPrincess92

    Banana Milk reminds me of Taemin!!!
    the drink that REALLY reminds me of dramas is Yakult!! the characters just love drinking the whole pack in one go!!

    when you guys show the flashback of Martina not being able to open milk the bgm reminds me of Gaeko’s ‘Rhythm is Life’ song!

  33. I don’t understand the problem with fruit milk… there is fruit yogurt and fruit ice cream everywhere… where is the difference?

  34. bit awks but i like having my banana milk just after coming out of those bath houses in Korea.. my mum buys me it all the time.. SO REFRESHING AND AMAZBALLS!!!! 식혜 is good while ur in the bath but the banana milk is amazing when u come out… i know i know its awks but its true

  35. Jung Rian

    We only have one taste in France : milk and orange juice. The difference
    is that it is really orange juice mixed with milk, not flavour.

  36. Tomorrow I will embark upon a quest of my city’s biggest Asian grocery stores to see if I can find this fruit milk you speak of. I would assume banana milk might just taste like a banana smoothie?

  37. I love melon milk but it’s hard to get here in The Netherlands. I know 1 store that sells it and most of the times it’s sold out when I get there to buy it so I stock up on it when it’s not sold out. Over here you have many milk with fruit brands. Some taste way to sweet and some taste lovely.

  38. But… Melon milk sounds good. We can’t get any flavoured milks here (or at least, not that I’ve seen) apart from like chocolate milk and drinking yoghurts. So boo. I’m kind of curious as to how they would taste! But hey, the less sugary drink options around the better… right? :|

  39. In the Netherlands they also sell Milk & Fruit! I love the mango taste :)

  40. i looooove melon flavoured stuff! there’s tons of it in japan! haha

  41. Is it like whole milk or is it more like skim/1%-3%?
    I have a melon intolerance/allergy so i can only ever have artificially flavored flavors of the melon family…which really sucks cause i live in the south with all the watermelons. And it double sucks cause i’m a vegetarian and all those fruit mixes at convenience and grocery stores have SOOOooo much melon in them. The other day i was at Whole Foods and i saw a 1 serving mixed fruit cup without melons and i squealed like a little kid and clapped my hands…*awkward moment in the produce section: check*

  42. Isabel Ruby

    the Beatles reference at the end made me happy :)

  43. I love opening up YouTube at the end of a difficult week and finding a WTF video waiting for me….

  44. I love banana milk and melon milk! But I have a sweet tooth so that’s probably why ><"

  45. banana milk is meh. BUT I LOVE MELON MILK! yes, its a bit on the sweet side, but WHO CARES? lol i love melon milk, chocolate milk, even strawberry milk. i love regular fresh milk too :P i wish i could consume milk everyday, but it gives me a lot of mucus up my nose so i have to regulate the amount i consume… so sad :(

  46. I want to try the melon milk!! I absolutely hate bananas but I tried banana milk just because people always drink it in kdramas lol… it was gross >_<

  47. I had Pudding Milk once in Taiwan… it was one of the most glorious things I’d ever tasted. Unfortunately, that was maybe 6 years ago, and I’ve never seen it since >.< has anyone else tried this or was I just hallucinating or something?

  48. I’m not a fan of either the banana or the melon milk (I really don’t like melons or any of those sickly sweet fruits in general), but I fell in love with the banana toffee milk. THAT stuff is really worth it. I buy it all the time. Give it a try! The label literally says 바나나 토피 우유. It’s hella delicious!

  49. yanagiba yusuke22

    i miss banana uyu…

  50. 카미: Camila Hidalgo
    카미: Camila Hidalgo

    I loooooveee milk!! Plain milk, banana milk, chocolate milk, strawberry milk… You name it! *ㅠ* so when I saw this Melon milk I just had to try it!! Aaaaaaand I loved it♥ Keep them in the fridge for a long time, they taste so much better cold!

  51. Way back in primary school, my school used to give out boxes of Melon Milk and Chocolate Milk to every student for free. Most people hated the Melon Milk and were desperate to trade them for Chocolate Milk haha! It was like a total black market and 1 box of Melon Milk was worth like 2 boxes of Chocolate Milk lol. And yeah, they tasted like honeydews too, but it smells nice though :)

  52. I always get melon milk tea boba bc it taste like the korean melon bar ice cream its so yummy

  53. what about people who don’t care for milk? I hate milk. I have my entire life (oh the childhood memories of my mother forcing me to drink a glass of milk while I sat there bawling my eyes out because it tasted like pain).
    but anyway, I always have wanted to try fruit milk. I can drink chocolate milk, and sometimes strawberry milk if I think happy thoughts. I wonder if I could drink other flavors… is it weird that I would want to try something that I partially hate?

  54. Martina!! Your make up looked so awesome in this video ^^ I’m going to try and steal the look next time I’m putting on ma makeups :D…. Actually I’ve noticed that I’m subconsciously coping your look already >.>. I used to never draw on wings on my eyes, but now I am, just like you! Haha it doesn’t seem like much, but you’ve really influenced my style :D

  55. Urgh I feel the same way about blackcurrant. When I was really ill when I was a kid the medicine I had to take was blackcurrant flavoured and it was vile (if anything it made me want to throw up more). So ever since then I can’t eat or drink blacurrant flavoured stuff without wanting to vom.
    But Melon Milk sounds like a nice concept…I’m intrigued.

  56. The pringles were sour cream and butter. In katakana

  57. I like strawberry milk so I’m intrigued to try these, even though they both sound a little odd and I generally don’t like fake banana-flavored things.

    Did Martina never drink Capri Suns growing up (or do you guys not have those in Canada?) That alone will teach you the subtle ways of using the pointy straw, and the bitter disappointment when you accidentally stab straight through the pouch.

    EDIT: As far as having negative taste associations from childhood medicine (which makes me sad about root beer btw because root beer is delicious,) I’m like that with grape-flavored things because they taste like Dimetapp cough syrup. My friend is the same way about artificial cherry flavor because of cough syrup too.

  58. I LURRRRVV MELON MILK. I can drink a liter of these all by myself

  59. thisisjustforfunval

    I love banana milk even if it does taste like creamy liquid banana runts. I’d never be able to drink the melon one as I’m practically deathly allergic to honey dew melon. As for regular milk, well I just do not like it. But seriously why is honey dew melon always in fresh breakfast fruit mixes?

    Simon, you are indeed a victim of your own pranks. You’re paranoid son!

  60. Jessica May Matheson

    Penicilin! So that’s what I got sick with when I was young. So- when I was very young I was very sick and very often, and I remember still the taste of Peniciln, because this banana flavoured medicine my body grew immune to because I had to take it so often. Since then, I can only eat yellow-green bananas (no brown spots) or banana bread- anything that’s like a fairly ripe banana or banana flavoured, I feel like gagging. Just a few weeks ago my bf bought me banana milk, and told me to have a super hot shower and then drink it- cuz apparently that’s the way to enjoy banana milk. I tried it- and because it was so cold and my body was so hot (… not in that way) the banana flavour wasn’t that strong and it was actually really refreshing. So maybe try to make it super cold (freezer for 15 minutes?) and try that? After a steamy shower?

  61. I looooooove Melon Milk~ I get mine in a different korean brand. It’s really good though :)

  62. Once, in Korea, I was doing a class party with my advanced after school group (high schoolers) and brought a bunch of junk for them to eat (it was a ruse. totally part of the lesson). We were actually watching your old junk food sampling videos and the students were responding to them (I sent you their responses waaaaaaaay back yonder and Simon liked them iirc). Anyway, amongst the junk I brought for them to talk at me about were the banana and strawberry milks. Suddenly, for no reason other than curiosity, I was mixing Pepsi and strawberry milk together, and man, it was amazing (or at least I thought so then). The students started freaking out because they thought I was insane (they were still trying to see which side of genius vs evil their AB blood type teacher was going to be) … until they tried it. And loved it. Resoundingly. Sitting here five years later, I wonder which of us was the crazier. It sounds like poison to me now.

    Great video as usual :) Also twitter-sharing isn’t working on the Lee Michelle MV on the kpopcharts? I’d love to share the heck out of it for the voting. All the best from a long time viewer ^_____^

  63. I’ve never actually liked any fruity flavoured milk b/c one, they’re too sweet for me and two, it just tastes plain unnatural =( boo… sad bunnie…
    XD omgawd i can already taste the sweetness from the melon and banana milk just by watching this video! *awkward turtle*

  64. Don’t listen to them! It’s all delicious!! I drink all the fruit milk! Recently I had blueberry milk which was so nice.

    • Truth! Simon’s totally missing out. Strawberry milk alone should be enough to prove that milk and fruit is delicious xp I think they’re all just too sweet for Simon’s taste. Maybe Martina could learn how to mix fruit milk concoctions at home with less sugar for awesome tastiness plus health benefits XDD

    • Agreed! Though it’s important to find a good source. We have a company here in Quebec called Natur-a that makes plain and flavoured soy drinks which are overall ok. Except for the ‘Tropical’ one. It is a carton full of sadness. And it is almost entirely responsible for my weariness of Asian products made in the West (even more so than non-Asian BB creams!)

    • Cassie (Yeobomg)

      Here-here! Fruit milk for the win! In fact, all of Korea’s flavored milks are good.

      I saw the advertisement for the new melon milk when I was at the market, but it was out of my budget for the week. This video makes me even more excited because I love plain honey dew and used to make my own melon milk by blending honey dew slices with milk….So much want ;___; alas…next week.

  65. I can’t eat real bananas, they make me feel sick. But banana milk sounds delicious :3

  66. haruchi

    I’ve tasted the banana milk and it was too sweet for me to drink the whole thing. I can imagine myself sipping it but to actually drink it for pleasure. nah… I also agree that flavoured milk just isn’t good… Only choco!! Oh there was this good mint choco milk in Korea… It was delicious!! :D

    Now that you’re talking about milk I really miss it… Japan’s milk tastes horrible. It tastes like warmed milk which is cold again. D: I can’t wait to drink my Finnish milk again (with d-vitamin!) I wonder if Korean milk is good in my opinion… since you say it’s good but I’m afraid it tastes like the Japanese kind.

  67. I like banana milk, but maybe it’s because I like that fake banana taste – banana salt water taffy, banana runts, banana now & laters. I also wish we had those containers of banana milk here in Koreatown L.A., we just have the box ones.

    ANYWHOOOO. I haven’t seen the melon ones out here. I haven’t really looked though. I’ve seen melon ice cream. Japanese melon soda even. I might have a gander tomorrow at the market.

  68. i was expecting you guys to say it tastes like creal milk topped with melons because i think thats exactly what it is.

  69. The very idea of fruit and milk together makes my skin crawl (with the exception of strawberry milk because that stuff is just delicious). I don’t think that I would ever be able to make myself try anymore fruit milk.

  70. I have never had banana milk or melon milk, although I do know they sell them at my local Korean grocery, but I am terribly sad to hear Korean people generally don’t like root beer. Root beer is my life! The way Martina is about coffee, I am about root beer. To think that it brings back memories of medicine to some Korean people makes me really sad. I must remember to pick up some banana and melon milk next time I’m at the store though.

  71. I really like strawberry milk so I wonder if I’d like banana or melon milk. I saw someone on my university campus with banana milk (a Korean brand and all) before but I’m not sure where they bought it. Edit: Does Korea happen to have sweetened almond milk? It’s my favorite.

  72. I love melon milk! Always buy them out of those vending machine in school!

  73. banana, melon, whatever milk just makes it sweeter …. and attractive for the kids to drink just because milk is good for you. whereas plain milk is the one that’s healthiest… all those flavored milk just adds sugary stuff on top which is baaaaad.

    • Agreed! And the milk here doesn’t need anything added to it: it’s already some of the most delicious milk we’ve ever had!

      • Jessica May Matheson

        Try putting the banana milk in the freezer for 15 minutes?? My bf told me to have a super hot shower and then drink it after… I hate the flavour of banana (literally sick from it) but the taste was a lot milder, and it was actually rather refreshing. Try it. I double dare you.

        • Bubalooy

          Haha! That sounds like a lot of effort to go to just to drink some milk! :P

        • Jessica May Matheson
          Jessica May Matheson

          Lol, yea, but I think it was about the experience of drinking it? Apparently that’s the Korean way to enjoy it, according to him (he’s Korean). I’m gonna have to do some research>.> But maybe lots of people drink them after going to the bath house??

      • no no no white milk in korea is the worst. has a strange after taste.

        • I heard that the stuff in milk is different wherever you go. The way it’s produced (handling, how the cows are taken care of, etc.) is different in every country. I was told that since I’m used to the milk in the United States, I should not drink a full glass of milk anywhere abroad, but rather a little by little until my stomach can handle it. Otherwise you’d get stomach problems.

  74. lady_kire

    When I went to Taiwan, I remember going to the conveience store to buy a carton of Apple milk, and loving it instantly. It has the taste of apple juice, but in milk form. They had mango milk and mixed fruit milk as well, but I don’t like mangoes and I didn’t like the mixed fruit one that much.

    Someone I know whos in Japan for study abroad took a picture of Matcha milk and I’m jealous… Also, I’m from Canada, and flavoured milk here disgusts me. Tastes too artificial to me.

  75. Melon milk is my favorite beverage in school! I would always pop one from the school vending machine after class.

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