Inside the Mind of Isadora

Egg Cream – Please

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Year_of_EggCream-2[1]When I was growing up in Brooklyn many soda fountain shops made a delicious tasting chocolate soda called egg cream soda. As a child, I didn’t like or eat eggs. When I first heard the name of this fountain drink my nose wrinkled into a smelly twist.

It was my friend, Rivka, who talked about going to the soda fountain shop to get an egg cream soda all the time. I remember how she described the chocolaty taste of it each time she had one but she couldn’t tell me how it was made. Because she had an allowance every week, it was her favorite soda to buy. I told her that the next time I made money from doing errands I was going to get one too.
One night, I laid out all of my coins on my bed and counted out 15 cents. I knew I had enough money to finally get that egg cream soda. When I saw Rivka the following morning, I told her I had enough money to go to the fountain shop to get one that afternoon. We did.

2013-04-03_Egg-Cream-@-Buffalo-and-Bergen-9-570x380[1] Mr. Stein was the soda shop owner. He had a long scruffy curly beard. He wore a fisherman’s cap on his head, a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows and suspenders. He was always at the door. He made sure that kids had money before they walked into his shop. Up until that day, I had only purchased candy sticks or gum. Today was different. I was going to try an egg cream soda.

What is an egg cream soda?

It’s milk, seltzer, and chocolate syrup. It contains no eggs or cream. Much later, some ice cream shops started adding vanilla syrup. The authentic version doesn’t contain vanilla and U-Bet chocolate syrup is what should be used. Egg Cream soda is traditionally associated with Brooklyn.

farm-post-3[1]The egg cream is almost exclusively a soda fountain drink. Although there have been several attempts to bottle it, none have been wholly successful, as its fresh taste and characteristic frothy head requires mixing of the ingredients just before drinking.

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Soon after my first tasty egg cream soda, my parents decided to have bottled milk and seltzer delivered to our front door. The milkman placed them in a metal canister at 4:00 a.m. I could hear the bottles rattle as they were placed inside. The milk was very cold on wintery days. Egg creams became a tasty treat for my sisters and me to make after dinner. Eventually, the egg cream soda was replaced by my next favorite childhood drink – the Ice Cream Soda.
2014©written by Isadora

According to wikipedia, the origin of the name “egg cream” is a subject of debate. One theory is that grade “A” milk was used in its creation, leading to the name “a chocolate A cream”, thus sounding like ‘egg’ cream. Stanley Auster, the grandson of the beverage’s alleged inventor, has been quoted as saying that the origins of the name are lost in time. One commonly accepted origin is that “Egg” is a corruption of the German (also found in Yiddish) word echt (“genuine” or “real”) and this was a “good cream”. It may also have been called an “Egg Cream” because in the late 19th century, there were already many chocolate fountain/dessert drinks using actual eggs (e.g. ‘Egg Brin’) and Auster wanted to capitalize on the name.


How to Make an Egg Cream ….

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

28 thoughts on “Egg Cream – Please

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  3. I enjoyed your memories of your first taste of an Egg Cream Soda, Issy. Mr Stein sounds like he was a real character. 🙂

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  4. I’m going to try this 😀

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  5. Izzy, you can buy that Lactaid milk at the grocery story if you really wanted to have one of those egg creams again you know! I hear it tastes just like regular milk. 🙂 My father used to make us ice cream sodas made with ice cream, soda water and chocolate syrup. Your memories stirred up mine! Hope all is well, my friend…

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    • I have tried various lactose and soy products but find it best to stay away from dairy.
      I’m not big on sweets of any kind anymore. I guess I outgrew them or their side effects
      would make me reconsider. BUT … I do love me a bag of salty potatoe chips. LOL
      Some childhood memories are terrific to recall … other … not so much.
      Thanks for stopping by, Gayle. It’s good to see you around the blog world again. I must come
      by your blog. I am up to my ears at home right now with a few things. I will be by though, for sure. ~~~~~ : – ) ❤ hugs ❤

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  6. Being lactose intolerant is no reason to give up on ever tasting an egg cream soda again! Shame on you. With that kind of attitude that Columbus would never have discovered America. And never mind Amerigo Vespucci. If he had really discovered America first we would never have had egg creams. It’s all related. ;))

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  7. As a sugar-avoiding vegan, I’ll have to pass–but the nostalgia was delicious! 🙂

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  8. Dear Isadora,

    Delightful piece. I had an egg cream once. Now I can’t have eggs or seltzer but that’s another story. My father grew up in Bensonhurst and came to the Midwest during WWII where he met my mom. I always claim to be half New York Jew. 😉 My son lived in Park Slope for a while as well.

    Thanks for the post and dropping by my blog.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • When I got marred I moved to Bensonhurst for 3 years then Babylon, Long Island. All areas of Brooklyn are different. I should write a post about the variety. AND … about growing up in a Hasidic neighborhood, going to catholic school and being Puerto Rican. All had a tremendous influence on me … as well as confusing me. 😃
      Thank you for your very nice comment and for your visit.
      Shalom and Adios
      Isadora 😘

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  9. “WordPress … is the diary that we all carry about with us…” – I’m honored to be a part of your social network!

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    • Yes, Frizz, I believe that blogs do help us look back at things in our past and express
      what we remember – good or bad. AND … I am pleased to be a part of your blog world
      network, as well. Thank you for hosting the Alphabet challenge. It always seems to
      stimulate ideas not normally thought of.😄

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  10. I’m glad you explained the name, egg would have put me off otherwise, but it looks delicious! Thanks for the trip down your memory lane Issy 🙂

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  11. Hmmmm! Wonderful. This is the only way my mom could get milk into me. She used to work at a Soda Fountain in Bay Ridge and she’d make me one every day after school. 🙂

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  12. Thanks for the post, having grown up Brooklyn myself I remember egg creams and mellow roll ice creams

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