Thursday, December 15, 2016

15,842 New Words: Next you'll tell me there's no NOG in Egg Nog!

In Harriet The Spy, which I started reading to Mr F one day at the library, Harriet orders a "chocolate egg cream," and I remembered reading this book as a kid and wondering then, as now, what an egg cream was.

Turns out it's something kind of gross-sounding: Wikipedia says it's a combination of milk, carbonated water, and chocolate syrup.  Like a very thin milkshake, possibly, it sounds like watered-down bubbly chocolate milk.

Although nobody's sure where the name "Egg Cream" comes from, the most likely theories (to me at least) are that it's a remnant of the days when milkshakes were made with eggs. Apparently in the 1880s milkshakes were chocolate syrup, cream, and raw eggs. They were "shakes" because the ingredients were mixed in a cocktail shaker.

If you're wondering, March 15 is Egg Cream Day.

2 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

We make eggy nog things here at home.
My wife probably knows what egg cream is. I'll try to remember to ask her.

Briane Pagel said...

Sometimes it seems disgusting to me and other times I want to try it.