Fill a large pot half-full with water, making sure it’s enough water to cover the corn (don’t put the corn in yet). Do not salt the water! I repeat, salting the water draws out the moisture of the corn kernel and makes it bitter!
Add the milk, sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil, then add in corn cobs. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, or just until tender. Try not to overcook it or it will become tough and have the appearance of the stuff you find in bird seed! Remove from water and serve with butter and salt to taste.