Tale of 2 Egg Creams

I grew up hearing the stories of what a treat it was for my mother to go down to the corner store in her Brooklyn neighborhood and get an egg cream for a nickel.  Those days are long gone but an egg cream still is one of the best and refreshing drinks around and so easy to make with just three easy ingredients-chocolate syrup, milk and seltzer and yes one of my favorite drinks!

Which chocolate syrup makes the best Egg Cream?  Growing up we did not have Hershey’s, but we did have Bosco and Fox’s U Bet.  I gathered 4 people and we did a taste test using Bosco and Fox’s U Bet!  I chilled the glasses because somewhere I read that was very important in making the perfect egg cream and mixed each egg cream to perfection, foam and all.

The results were split down the middle!  Some found one of the chocolate syrups to blend better with the seltzer than the other and have a smoother chocolate flavor.  Some found the egg cream with one of the chocolate syrups to have more of a distinct seltzer flavor.  There were no clear chocolate syrup winner!  It was split down the middle.

It shows me that everyone’s taste is different and you have to try for yourself to find your favorites.  I am not going to tell you my favorite. Although if you read the ingredients on each of the syrups, they are very different I am happy to use both!

The Original Brooklyn Egg-Cream

  • Take a tall, chilled, straight-sided, 8oz. glass

  • Spoon 1 inch of  Chocolate syrup into glass

  • Add 1 inch whole milk

  • Tilt the glass and spray seltzer (from a pressurized cylinder only) off a spoon, to make a big chocolate head

  • Stir, Drink, Enjoy

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