Another beverage box hack! Heather's Horizon milk box best-practices:
My sons love the expensive-yet-satisfying Horizon milk boxes at Starbucks. But we always had problems with the straw: it collapsed, broke or fell into the abyss, never to be seen or heard from again. Furthermore, it's too narrow and milk always dripped or poured out from the hole that seemed to get bigger as my sons drank.
Our solution: We poke the straw hole with the slanted edge of the attached mini-straw and then throw the straw away. We then place a regular-sized Starbucks straw into the milk carton. The regular straws don’t collapse, are thick enough to maintain the integrity of the seal without causing the hole to expand, and, most importantly, never disappear into the box.
Two warnings (which we learned from experimenting): Don’t try to poke the hole with the regular green straw. You’ll only leave a dent in the foil and in the straw. Second, Make sure you use the regular size green straw. I once grabbed a super-size Starbucks straw — the ones for the Venti Frappuccinos (can you tell I frequent Starbucks?). It was a disaster. My little boys’ arms were barely long enough to hold the box while sipping the milk from the other end.