Introduction: Ghoulish Egg Cream

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Scary version of the quintessential New York fountain drink. Contrary to its name, it has no eggz and really no cream. It is an art to make one and even harder to find the seltzer bottles with the siphon head to recreate that nostalgic soda fountain memory or spray on those nasty trick or treaters.

This is a non-alchoholic drink suitable for all audiences. Rated PG - Pretty Good. Yum!

See the classic version here.

Step 1: Break Into the Lab...

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For this you need:

- Seltzer or plain carbonated water. You may be lucky and have one of those bar drink soda chargers which use the CO2 cartridges and pressurize the dispenser. Search for the instructables that show you how to charge your own soda water.

- milk, try not to use skim or lowfat as it does not give the desired result.

- Food coloring in assorted colors.

- Chocolate syrup - Made in Brooklyn, New York, Fox's U-Bet syrup is the only one you should use (not an endorsement of any kind but a statement of fact) OK, you may get away with lesser brands.

- Optional vanilla or strawberry flavored syrup.

- Assorted glassware from the lab. Beakers, flasks, test tubes, or measuring vials.
CAUTION: make sure these are food-safe and have not come into contact with any other chemicals.

Step 2: Pick Your Poison...

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You should prepare your mixing station for concocting your potion.

Decant your syrups into various test tubes or flasks. Vanilla syrup is clear so you can color it any way you want.

Decant your milk into a beaker or flask. You can add a few drops of food coloring before you add the milk or after. You can stir or not stir the milk to give it that cool streaky color. It can be colored from Neon green to blood-curdling red...

Step 3: Mix Your Potion...

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Use a beaker or other suitable tall glass for your drink.

Decant a good tablespoon or two worth of syrup in the drinking flask.

Decant a third of the volume of the drink container with the milk.

It doesn't matter if you add the syrup first or milk first.

Step 4: The Exciting Part...

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Now pour the seltzer to fill almost to 3/4 of the glass. A nice head of foam should form. Overanxious chemists will cause too much of a reaction and their cup will runneth over.

Stir quicky with a glass rod or just swill the flask around so that you have a nice even flavored drink on the bottom with a nice white foamy head on top but not too much to dissipate all the gas or carbonation in the drink.

Drink immediately as the foamy head is the most interesting part of the drink. But not too fast or you may need to burp. You should not use a straw to drink this as the "milk moustache" is de rigeur.

CAUTION: This is similar to the volcano science fair project. Lava may spill depending on how much liquids are reacted.

I didn't have any dry ice to add to any of the liquids to make it smoke and fog. You can also throw in some gummy candies of insects or a candy eyeball for an extra treat. Don't choke on them when you drink though!

Make sure to experiment with the different potions and make more than one. Enjoy with a savory snack like a pretzel or macabre finger food!


KD7CAO (author)2009-04-02

Turned out to be basically the same as an Italian Soda.

caitlinsdad (author)KD7CAO2009-04-02

Had to look Italian soda up since I really have not run across it or heard it mentioned. Itialian soda is more of a coffee flavored drink similar in preparation but an egg cream has no cream or ice cubes. Thanks.

Sabre2012 (author)caitlinsdad2009-04-02

Actually, Italian sodas are usually made with the many different types of syrups used to flavor the coffee itself, but not coffee flavored. You are correct that it is served over ice and if cream is added it is actual cream or half and half rather than milk. Kudos on the cool prep work. Anything that brings out the mad scientist in us all is definitely awesome.

itsaidhi (author)Sabre20122009-04-08

the italian sodas i get are generally milk, seltzer, and flavoring mixed together. really good!

Short One (author)itsaidhi2011-07-24

Try Vanilla soft serve in lieu of the milk sometime. It's so much better. :D

caitlinsdad (author)Sabre20122009-04-02

And you get to learn about something else. :)

MissPennyFarthing (author)2009-07-09

Would this work with any carbonated drink, say lemonade?

I guess you could try it with any carbonated drink but you would have different flavors and sweetness from the drink. I've never seen carbonated lemonade. I think you want the pure seltzer reacting with the milk to get a sweet creamy drink with the addition of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry syrup. Just try it.

I think carbonated lemonade might be a British thing - it's actually harder to get traditional cloudy lemonade over here than the carbonated stuff. I'll definitely try it, thanks for replying! :-)

maven (author)MissPennyFarthing2010-02-28

Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!

watermelonhead (author)2009-08-01


The pink one isn't very goulish, I'm afraid

but i'ts pretty

absolute zero (author)2009-03-20

whats it taste like? im out of ingredients, MUST GET THEM

Hmmm, hard to describe. It goes down smooth, rich flavor and body, nice finish. I wouldn't say it tastes like any kind of soda or pop. It's thin but full bodied. Just do it!

i cant wait to get some seltzer an syrup.....

Gjdj3 (author)2008-11-05

Looks good!

caitlinsdad (author)Gjdj32008-11-05

Try it. Guaranteed you will like it.

iectyx3c (author)2008-10-27

Trivia: no one knows who the u-bet girl is. But everyone knows there is u-bet and only u-bet when it comes to egg creams. You got my contest vote!

thatkidwithayoyo (author)2008-10-23

Good call pushing the Fox's syrup, it's the only way to go.


Der Bradly (author)2008-10-14


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