Category Archives: Ice Cream Sodas

Chocolate Soda Quest – Standards of Review

Before we get into the quest I wanted to take a moment to discuss the review process I’ll be using.  At first I had thought I would write a post for each experience and leave it at that.  However, I quickly realized that I should use the different elements I’ve already been using to help me classify a soda from good to “Meh.”

For these reviews and posts I’m looking for something that goes a little further than “going to get some ice cream.”  I want to take it into something more along the lines of wine or cigar tasting, more experiential.   I also plan on being pretty tough.

ChocohabitAs I don’t intend to be drinking chocolate sodas regularly (my health is too important for that) it should be something special, a treat for all the senses.  A good chocolate soda is a rarity these days and if you find one, it needs to be enjoyed.  Not just for what it is but for WHERE it is and WHAT is happening as you do.

I am also a realist and know that I live in a bit of a chocolate soda wasteland. My only hope is to find a diamond in the rough and hopefully the discomforts inflicted on me will be humorous and educational for you!

So, let’s look at what I have to start.

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On Chocolate Sodas and Springtime

This post is an introduction to a project  I have wanted to do for over five years.  I’ve talked about it quite a bit and finally, this year, it’s happening.  I hope you enjoy the ride.

Here in the Midwest we are just a few days away from Springtime.  I have a ritual I perform every year about this time in which I summon the warm breeze and sunlight of Spring. I do not sacrifice a calf or make odd, occult markings and chant.  No, no, no, my ritual is simple yet powerful.

I get a chocolate soda.

“A what?  What is this? You put chocolate syrup in a Sprite or something?  That’s gross.”

No, I’m talking about a treat that throws back to old-time soda fountains and ice cream shoppes.  A place where soda jerks mixed up delicious springtime and summertime drinks. It goes by many names and from my research (yes, I’ve done actual research) in soda jerk lingo, this favorite ice cream treat could be called an egg cream float or a black and white soda.  And in Springtime they are particularly delicious as it reminds me that the cold winds are receding and warmer, sun-filled days lie ahead!

However, this ritual has become more and more difficult to do over the years as knowledge of what a chocolate soda is and how to make it has slipped away due to time and the convenience of bottled and canned soda.  I find this all very odd considering the simple ingredients involved and how delicious the final outcome to be.  And no, in case you are still making a weird face, it does not involve an egg.

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