New York Egg Cream Nirvana

OK sports fans and egg cream lovers, now is the time to stock up on  your Fox’s u-bet 20-oz. Vanilla Syrup Chocolate 22-oz

In order to get the closest thing to egg cream flavor from back in the “old days”, before corn syrup replaced the use of pure cane sugar,  you have to buy your U-Bet chocolate syrup now, during the Passover season.   Kosher for Passover foods are more strict than any other time of year, and corn or corn products are not Kosher for Passover. So, we get to reap the benefits that our Jewish brothers and sisters have bestowed upon us Goyim and Gentile….real sugar in our Fox’s Chocolate syrup.

Growing up in Brooklyn in a neighborhood close to Borough Park, one of the largest Jewish Orthodox communities outside of Israel, had other advantages as well.  My neighborhood of Bensonhurst was largely Italian and Christian. Most, if not all stores were closed on Sunday. In Borough Park, the Jewish community observed their Sabbath on Saturday, closing on that day and opening up on Sunday. It was a perfect relationship. If we needed to buy anything on Sunday all we had to do was go to Borough Park. I’m not sure if they came into our neighborhood on Saturday for the same purpose. They probably observed their Sabbath a little more orthodox than we did in Bensonhurst. But, that is the way things worked in Brooklyn.

The way to tell if the bottle of U-bet chocolate syrup at your store is the right one for Passover is by the shrink-wrap plastic safety seal on the bottle cap. It will have the Hebrew symbol and words ” Certified Kosher for Passover” written on it. Take advantage of the season and pick up a couple.

For those of you who missed my posting on October 2, 2011, on making the perfect egg cream, you can find it here.

About Peter Bocchieri

Peter was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a second generation Italian-American. He has a degree in Journalism from Long Island University and is an avid photographer, gardener and pet owner. Now that Peter is retired, he is relaxing at his home in North East Pennsylvania and cooking for his sons, Michael and Joseph, family and friends. Peter's passion for food was inspired by his Mother's and Grandmother's cooking, but at the age of 10 Peter felt he could do it better himself, so he did.
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2 Responses to New York Egg Cream Nirvana

  1. marianna ricci-wilson says:

    my understanding is that the marvelous concoction, “egg cream” is only available in the eastern part of the country….so, never having lived in that part of the US, an egg cream has never passed my lips. many of my displaced, relocated in laws & cousins, attest to the fact that to enjoy an egg cream is to reach the zenith of life. so what’s w/ the name?…i have learned that this “nectar of the gods” contains no eggs & no cream!!! who named it?…& under what circumstances? marianna ricci

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