July 28, 2006

Egg Cream



Ingredients:
2 oz chocolate syrup*
4 oz milk
6 oz seltzer

Directions:

Pour syrup into a tall glass. Add milk. Stir to combine**. Tilt the glass slightly and carefully pour the seltzer down the side of the glass, to avoid losing the bubbles. Drink immediately.


*Fox's U-bet syrup is traditional but I normally substitute the easier to find Hershey's Special Dark syrup or even just regular Hershey's Syrup. Purists, of course, sneer at anything less than Fox's U-bet, some even waiting until Passover to get the "kosher for Passover" syrup made with the original cane sugar instead of corn syrup.
**I always stir the chocolate and the milk together first so I don't have to stir the seltzer and lose the fizz. Some egg cream fanatics don't stir until after all of the ingredients are in the glass.
My thoughts:
Egg creams are one of those quintessential New York tastes that has a legion of devoted fans. It has long been a staple at delis around the city. According to popular legend, in 1890 Louis Auster, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, invented the drink which contains neither egg nor cream. The flavor is similar to that of an ice cream soda (not to be confused with an ice cream float, ice cream sodas are made with seltzer, ice cream and chocolate syrup) there are many theories floating about how the egg cream got its name but there is no definative answer. One such theory says the name came about to capitalize on other egg named soda fountain treats that were popular at the time (that actually used eggs), another popular theory suggests that it comes from various Yiddish phrases meaning anything from "good cream" to "pure sweetness" and a third states that it got the name from the fluffy white "head" which is reminiscent of whipped egg whites . One final theory is that the chocolate syrup was originally made with eggs. No matter how it got its name, it is a refreshing, chocolate-y drink that is perfect for a hot summer day.

5 comments:

  1. Yay NY Egg Cream - great post! Count me amound the Fox's U bet syrup purists. (If you can't find it locally, you can order it on Amazon.)

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  2. I saw the title, then I saw the picture and my brain stopped out of sheer confusion.

    I looked at the two and tried to figure out how an egg would go into a fizzy drink, and then realized that if I scroll down, my confusion would be eased ;)

    Great post and explanation, odd name but it sounds quite refreshing!

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  3. I want one of these to drink with the delicious looking blondies in your last post.

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  4. Egg creams -- good egg creams, made as they were where I grew up in New York -- are one of nature's quintessential delights.

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  5. You rock!
    As an ex-patriate New Yorker it has taken me years to finally locate my favorite syrup (Fox's is still made in Brooklyn too. Yo!) and make my egg creams at leasure. Am attempting to persuade my Reno friends to indulge with me and pass the torch.
    Your blog has a great feel to it btw. Used you as a link from my own today. Thank you!
    ~Rachael B

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