Sometimes I want something chocolaty but I don’t want a brownie, chocolate pudding or ice cream or even a chocolate bar. I am simply thirsty. Those are the times I reach for my Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Lickety split I can make an old school drink that is low sugar, low fat and thirst quenching; the venerable chocolate egg cream. Funny thing is, there is no egg in it and often no cream. I sometimes do use half and half but you can make this with any sort of milk you like, even one or two percent. I do discourage the use of skim or non fat milk, at least a little richness is required.
The chocolate egg cream is allegedly from Brooklyn, NYC. The New York Egg Cream is a variation of the milkshake popular back from the 1880’s which had an egg beaten in it. The version I have replicated became popular many decades ago, partially because it was cheaper for soda fountains to make because it had no egg. I am not a big fan of raw eggs in my drinks so I am happy indeed that this “modern” version is sans egg. I have been making it for many years, one of my sisters taught me how.
This is such a simple recipe; get a tall glass, squirt about 1-2 tsp. of real Hershey syrup on the bottom, no store brand substitute will do. I know about other syrups but hey, I am in Pennsylvania so Hershey’s it is!
Add 3-6 ice cubes and fill the glass with well chilled seltzer water. Stir it again. I favor flavored seltzer, the raspberry or cranberry are particularly good for this drink as they add quite a bit of flavor and complexity to this simple little thirst quencher! A fresh bottle makes the foamiest egg cream so I recommend you splurge and start with a new bottle for your drink preparation.
Be sure to use a tall glass, it just won’t taste the same in a stubby little one!
So, next time you are longing for a refreshing low sugar soft drink but one with a subtle touch of chocolate, make a chocolate egg cream and smile because it is delicious, has no added sugar and if you use one percent milk it is pretty darn low fat. Light, refreshing, the egg cream is a wonderful “throw back” drink you can enjoy any day of the week!
PS: I hear U-bets Chocolate Syrup from NY is the bomb in a chocolate egg cream. I have to get some 🙂
Originally posted September 2014 but I know you are thirsty so here it is again!