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. Hot days like today make a cool tall drink a life saver. Those are the times I reach for my bottle of U-bet Chocolate Syrup. Lickity 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. My favorite is whole milk.
The chocolate egg cream is allegedly from Brooklyn, NYC. The New York Egg Cream is a variation of the milkshake popular back from the 1880s which had an egg beaten in it. This version I have replicated became popular 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 years, one of my sisters taught me how.
This is such a simple recipe; get a tall glass, pour in ½ inch depth of some sort of milk, your choice of richness squirt about 1-2 tsp. of chocolate syrup on top, I used to use Hershey’s until I discovered U-Bet syrup which I think has a superior flavor.
I never measure; just enough to flavor the milk, maybe two tsp.? Stir them together well with an ice tea spoon, 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! Recently I tried watermelon seltzer and today, some mango seltzer. 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 light refreshing soft drink but one with a touch of chocolate, make a chocolate egg cream and smile because it is delicious, has no added sugar and if you use u-bet syrup and one percent milk it is pretty darn low fat!