Chef John's Chocolate Egg Cream Recipe -
Chef John's Chocolate Egg Cream Recipe
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How to Make Chocolate Egg Cream
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Chef John's Chocolate Egg Cream

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"Contrary to the name of this New York City soda fountain classic, chocolate egg creams do not contain any eggs or cream. Along with the chocolate come the simple additions of milk and seltzer water. The magic of this drink is how it produces such a rich, yet refreshing chocolate beverage."

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  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Pour chocolate syrup into a large glass. Pour milk on top of chocolate syrup; stir until completely incorporated and smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Slowly pour seltzer water into chocolate mixture, stirring constantly. Mixture will foam and bubble. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 27, 2012

My grandma made these for me all the time when I was growing up. Instead of cold milk, she used heavy cream. Talk about heaven! To this day, it's still one of my favorite things she ever made.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 23, 2013

This recipe had a few problems for me, firstly the measuring system is not set correctly. It needs to be set to fluid ounces. If you want to increase the serving size, use a calculator. Second issue I had was the chocolate sauce plus milk and seltzer water ratio was 2 to 8, making this an incredibly watery recipe. I'd say the flavor combination was good though, just needed to be stronger.


9 Ratings

Jun 10, 2012

We've never had one of these before, so we weren't quite sure what to expect, but we LOVED them! So simple, rich and delicious, and made basically with things that we always have on hand. This was super refreshing and chocolatey and something that we will be enjoying often~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jun 25, 2012

Very refreshing!

Jul 28, 2015

Didn't have seltzer water but was eager to try it so used root beer. Oh MAN! Also used homemade chocolate syrup and almond milk. Decadent!

May 04, 2015

This recipe is such fun! Thanks Chef John for "another" great recipe! Ratio's can be changed up for each individual ! And each recipe! I wouldnt change a thing.

Sep 07, 2014

Perfect recipe! I can down one of these in 5 seconds. Sweet yet refreshing. This recipe has a good ratio of items.

Feb 19, 2014

I made it using club soda and it came out tasty! I laughed after I put in my straw because of the last comment on the video "if the straw falls to the side, you did it wrong." I was laughing happily because my straw stood up straight! My daughter has name this chocolate soda lol


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  • Calories
  • 93 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.9 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 40 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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