I wish some old-fashioned things would come back into fashion. For instance, don't you wish you had a nice ice cream/dessert parlor you could take your date or kids to? The kind where you sit in a booth or at the counter and order an ice cream sundae, a shake, or some other kind of drink from the soda jerk. I vaguely remember the old Woolworths stores having a counter like that and once in a while you still see a retro ice cream parlor around. My husband and I used to go to one in Brooklyn (it could still be there) and I loved seeing the waitresses in their white uniforms and ordering some ice cream that came in one of those cold stainless steel bowls.
One of my favorite things in the world is ice cream soda. I love a Coke float! A couple of scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream with Coke poured over the top in a freezing cold glass makes me so happy. But now that I'm older, I've cut back significantly on treats like that (soda is pretty much out of my diet). However, I'm always on the lookout for lower calorie alternatives. I think the old-fashioned chocolate egg cream is a great option. It is so delicious and a much lighter alternative to a milk shake.
I always thought an "egg cream" would have eggs in it. Apparently not. In fact, there's no eggs, no cream, no ice cream even. I remember watching a cooking show a while back where they talked about this and I was intrigued, thinking "I have to get me one of those!" I never got around to it but with this blog in my life now, I've been motivated to try all these things I've been meaning to so here we are. The only things in the chocolate egg cream are milk, chocolate syrup (make it with a little cocoa powder, sugar and water), and seltzer. If you like chocolate and fizzy drinks, this is something for you. If you have a hankering for a milk shake, give this a go instead.