Indulge in a sip of nostalgia as we journey back to the era of soda fountains and candy shops with a classic New York City drink that holds a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers – the iconic NYC Chocolate Egg Cream.
Hailing from the bustling streets of the Lower East Side, this timeless concoction is more than just a beverage; it's a sip of history and tradition.
Join me as we explore the charm of the soda fountain and the magic of the candy shop, where the best egg creams were crafted with care.
The New York egg cream, despite its name, contains neither eggs nor cream but is a delightful fusion of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer.
As we embark on the journey to recreate this beloved classic, we'll unravel the stories behind drug stores and their role in shaping the culinary landscape of the city.
Prepare to be transported to a bygone era, where the clinking of glasses at the soda fountain echoed through the streets, and the fizzy allure of a chocolate soda captured the essence of simpler times.
Get ready to rediscover the joy of nostalgic drinks as we delve into the art of making the perfect Chocolate Egg Cream. This recipe pays homage to the classic New York City drink that has stood the test of time, offering a taste of history with every sip.
So, whether you're a Weight Watcher seeking a guilt-free treat or simply a lover of all things classic, join me in this delightful journey through the streets of New York and the flavors that defined an era. Cheers to the timeless magic of the Chocolate Egg Cream!
Who Created the Famous NYC Chocolate Egg Cream?
In the early 20th century, the iconic New York City chocolate egg cream emerged as a beloved and refreshing concoction, tracing its roots back to the Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in the bustling streets of Brooklyn.
Legend has it that the creation of this delectable beverage can be attributed to Louis Auster, a New York soda jerk with a knack for blending flavors.
The key ingredients of a genuine New York chocolate egg cream include Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup, renowned for its rich and authentic cocoa flavor, and the essential foamy head that gives the drink its characteristic velvety texture.
The popularity of the chocolate egg cream skyrocketed, becoming a staple for New Yorkers seeking respite on hot summer evenings.
The concoction, often referred to as "chocolate et creme," was a testament to pure sweetness, capturing the hearts of locals who craved a good egg cream.
The Bronx egg cream, originating from Auster's soda fountain on the corner of 7th Street, became synonymous with the cultural fabric of the city.
Despite the challenges brought about by the Great Depression, the New York chocolate egg cream persevered as a symbol of comfort and familiarity, providing a momentary escape for those navigating the hardships of the era.
Today, the legacy of this classic beverage lives on, cherished as a timeless reminder of the city's flavorful history.
Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this super easy traditional egg cream recipe!
Weight Watcher Friendly - This classic egg cream is only 8 points on my app for one delicious tall glass.
Since the new Weight Watchers plan is personalized you will have to input the ingredients used into your WW app to get your exact WW personal points.
Easy to Make - Preparing this Parisian drink requires only 3 simple ingredients and 3 minutes to prepare.
Kid Friendly - Creating a homemade chocolate egg cream is not only a fun kitchen activity but also a delicious way to enjoy a classic beverage with a kid-friendly twist. The frothy head and chocolatey layers make it a delightful treat, perfect for sipping at home.
Make sure try some of my other popular healthy Weight Watcher recipes. Low Calorie Wendy's Frosty, 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Muffins , Mini DASH Chaffles, Air Fryer Beignets and The WW Zero Point Apple Crisp Chips.
Ingredients needed and substitutions:
Reduced Fat Milk - I used 2% reduced fat milk to make this authentic egg cream Weight Watcher friendly. If you don't mind the extra points you can swap with whole milk. For a dairy free egg cream you can use oat milk of almond milk.
Sparkling Water - You can use seltzer water, soda water or a bottle of club soda if you don't have sparkling water on hand.
How to make your first egg cream:
1: Pour your chocolate syrup into the bottom of the glass.
2: Add in your splash of milk and stir until you get a nice chocolate milk.
3: Add in your sparkling water or seltzer and watch it foam up. Add a straw and start sipping!! So yummy!
Watch the How to Make a Classic NYC Chocolate Egg Cream Video here...
- Use quality Ingredients: Start with high-quality ingredients, including good chocolate syrup, whole milk, and seltzer water.
- Use Cane Sugar: Opt for cane sugar instead of corn syrup for a more natural and rich sweetness.
- Balanced Chocolate Syrup: Create a balanced chocolate syrup by combining cocoa powder, sugar, and a bit of water. This ensures a deep, chocolatey flavor.
- Proper Ratios: Maintain the classic egg cream ratio of one part chocolate syrup, two parts milk, and three parts seltzer. This ensures the perfect blend of flavors.
- Chilled Ingredients: Chill your milk and seltzer beforehand to enhance the refreshing quality of the egg cream.
- Mixing Technique: Master the art of mixing. Use a long spoon to stir the chocolate syrup into the milk gently. Avoid over-stirring to prevent a flat egg cream.
- Seltzer Technique: Add seltzer slowly and pour it down the side of the glass to preserve the effervescence and create a thick head.
- In a Garden Setting: Enjoy your homemade chocolate egg cream in a garden setting for a delightful and relaxing experience. The fresh air complements the beverage perfectly.
- Experiment with Flavors: While traditional egg creams use chocolate syrup, don't be afraid to experiment with other flavors like vanilla or even a hint of root beer for a unique twist.
- Thick Head of a Stout: Aim for a thick, foamy head on top of your egg cream, similar to the head on a stout beer. This adds a velvety texture and enhances the overall drinking experience.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Points System.
This healthy chocolate egg cream recipe is only 8 Points on my app for one large glass. The perfect swap the next time you are craving that 28 point small milkshake from Mcdonald's remember this easy recipe!
Weight Watchers has a new individualized program right now to make it easier to enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight.
Just plug the ingredients into your WW app to confirm the points for your individual program.
Make sure you check out my Newbie WW Tips and Tricks Guide if you are just getting started.
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