Old Fashion Black and White Soda

Black & White Soda


I am a huge fan of old fashion soda fountains. They combine three of my favorite things: soda and ice cream and nostalgia. When we decided on the theme for the week, I thought it might be fun to share a recipe for a nostalgic beverage.

Black and White sodas are also known as “egg creams”. According to Wikipedia, they were exclusive to soda fountains as they could never be bottled effectively. An egg cream contains soda, milk and either vanilla or chocolate syrup. It does not contain eggs or cream. For our purposes today, we went with chocolate syrup.

The kids and I are still on vacation so Ben’s mom, Granny, was my recipe tester this morning. She only wanted a “little bit” and then “maybe a little bit more”. Her verdict: “I would definitely serve this at a party.” How fun would that be?! An old fashion soda fountain at a wedding or birthday party? I’m thinking we may need to explore this option.

Just a little advice. Make sure your club soda is cold. This makes a big difference in the final product. Also, part of the charm of this drink is in the layers that form during preparation. Make sure you add ingredients in the proper order and then be sure to check them out before you slurp it down!

Summer Sippers – Dirty Soda (aka Mixed Sodas)

Rumor on the interwebs is that there is a little spot in St. George Utah called “Swig” that makes mixed sodas

My parents are both from Southern Utah so I understand the love of soda that permeates that part of the country. And the idea of mixed sodas? Saaaaayyyyy whaaaa??? Recently, I made Erika stop while driving to California, and check the joint out. She basically told me we need to open one.

Swig became a blip on my radar when I heard they serve a drink called a Dirty Dr. Pepper.

(Screeeeeech . . . ) Wha? A Dirty Dr. Pepper you say?!

The “dirty” is coconut. You better believe I immediately jumped in the car and headed to Sonic to get myself one.

It was everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more.

Now, mixed sodas aren’t a new concept. Flavor syrups and soda go together like cookies and milk.  They are, however, a concept that deserves some attention. I’ve been adding cherry and vanilla to sodas for years. Erika is a huge fan of Vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic. When I was prego with my youngest, I drank Vanilla Fanta Orange every day.  Until I got gestational diabetes! Stinking ‘betes.

However, adding coconut?  Oh, this is a treat.

But wait. There’s more. Torani makes SUGAR-FREE coconut. Diet Dr. Pepper with sugar-free coconut? This is the salvation of dieters everywhere, peeps.

I may or may not have gotten “Hey Megan” addicted to the stuff as well. So addicted that she contemplates stopping by my house just to get a shot of sugar-free coconut for her Diet Coke. When you develop an unhealthy habit, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The key to mixing soda and syrup is finding your preferred ratio.  I personally like 1 ounce of syrup to every 8 ounces of soda.  Sometimes a little more.  In case you are wondering, an ounce is either 1/8 cup or 3 squirts using the Torani pump.  Yeah, I make the little beauties a lot.

In the interest of convincing you to buy only three syrups, I’ve put together the following guide to help you get your dirty soda on. Each flavor comes in regular and sugar-free. Each soda also has a diet version. Do what feels right. But do it. Quick.

Also, be sure to check out the final combo. This combo popped up all over Google and while I haven’t tried it yet, I’m about to go hit Sonic. That’s right, I love you all so much I’m willing to go get a ridiculous soda. Happy sipping!

Here are some of our favorite mixed soda recipes.
Mixed Sodas