Peppermint Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda

Have you guys ever had an egg cream? It’s kind of a funny thing because it’s basically a chocolate soda that doesn’t have eggs OR cream in it. Chocolate syrup, milk, soda water, whisked together, andΒ voila–it’s delicious, not quite as naughty as a chocolate milk shake, totally taking me back to my childhood at The Bluebird in Logan with my dad.

I’m not calling this an egg cream because people feel VERY strongly about their regional foods (this one hails from Brooklyn), and people seem to have very strong feelings about EVERYTHING during the weeks leading up to Christmas. I’m not making this with Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Syrup and I’m adding peppermint (yes, I do realize that Sara and I have a serious chocolate/peppermint thing going on) and it’s that time of the year, so I’m just calling this a chocolate soda. But it’s pretty much an egg cream. [Dodging the flaming arrows right now.]

You’re going to need very cold soda water (like club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water), peppermint syrup (try World Market, Amazon, or your favorite coffee shop), chocolate syrup (I used Torani dark chocolate syrup, which I just picked up at a regular grocery store, and whole milk.

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In a 16-ounce glass, add 1 1/2 tablespoons (3 pumps) of peppermint syrup, 3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup,

and 1/4 cup of milk.

With a long-handled spoon or fork, whisk it together vigorously. While stirring, add the soda water to fill up the glass, whisking to combine (there will be a lot of froth on top). Serve immediately.

This makes one serving, just for you. Grab a straw and go hide in the bathroom.

 

 

22 comments

  1. I have never had an egg cream. In fact, I must live under a rock because I have never even heard of such a thing. It sounds ridiculously delicious!

  2. I would just like to say I LOVE the chocolate-peppermint trend going on around here! It is my absolute favorite combo this time of year. Cheers!

  3. My Dad hails from Brooklyn. We always make egg creams when he comes to visit, it’s tradition! Never tried it with peppermint, definitely going to give it a shot. We also use Hershey’s syrup in a pinch. Have you ever gone to Sonic and ordered a chocolate rootbeer or coke? If your needing an eggcream fix it is pretty awesome!

    1. I know, I have to order mine. πŸ™ If you’re planning on ordering a bunch of flavors, the Torani site is actually probably my go-to place because the shipping is reasonable (and often free).

      1. That’s funny, because I’m in the UK and ‘soda water’ means something slightly different over here. It is carbonated water, but it’s had baking soda added to it to reduce the acidity from the carbon dioxide.
        But you’re saying it’s just regular carbonated water…? I’m glad I read the comments! Honestly, and we’re supposed to speak the same language!! Hahaha!! πŸ˜€

  4. This is right up my alley…chocolate and peppermint! I nearly snorted at the “grab a straw and go hide in the bathroom” line…because I have done that! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe & laugh!

  5. This sounds delicious! Here in mid-Missouri, we call this an Italian soda. The coffee places in town market them as such. My favorite is raspberry syrup and they are made just a tad different. They place the syrup in the cup, then fill with club soda and ice and then add 1/2 and 1/2 creamer on top (you can request skim milk as option instead), mixing/blending is optional. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  6. Okay Kate, I know this isn’t actually the dirty diet coke post … but the peppermint syrup reminded me that I needed to tell you … I’ve tried the dirty diet coke’s in all the drive-thru’s around town and your dirty diet coke “recipe” is THE BEST!! As in … I’ve not had one near as good … anywhere. I’ve stocked my pantry with coconut syrup … it’s my favorite afternoon “treat”. You are genius πŸ™‚

    And … i’m missing the “older posts” link at the bottom of the home tab string … are there plans to bring it back, It’s helpful to scroll thru posts newest to oldest. Thanks!

  7. I have a request…. I really loved the Mother’s Day gift guide you did this year and was wondering if you had more gift ideas for Christmas? Like stuff for moms, dads, and kids? Love your site and cookbooks!

  8. Sounds yummy! Gonna have to try. I keep meaning to ask this question every time I make an Italian soda: what is the difference between Club Soda, Seltzer Water, Tonic Water, and now Soda Water? Can you pretty much use them interchangeably?

  9. It’s absolutely luxurious to own a soda maker, and my SodaStream now lets me make delish things like this on a whim because I never used to keep seltzer on hand. It always went flat before I could use it. I use the SS daily, at will. Sigh. Such contentment.

  10. Wow, never heard of chocolate soda. I must love it, cause I love chocolate. And I love your chocolate/peppermint obsession πŸ™‚

    But I’m very sad that my browser doesn’t come up with an “Older posts” link at the bottom of the page so I can browse through what you’ve been posting for the past weeks. Do you guys have a fix for that? πŸ™‚

  11. I just wanted to say thank you!! I am hosting/organizing/creating a bridal shower. And the only thing that has had me stumped has been drinks! I loved the Italian drink idea and I am also including this one! Thanks bunches!!!!
    I am determined to have this shower unique and memorable in all aspects..this will really help!
    Jackie P

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