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Black Cow

JoJo Jan 28, 2006 10:13 AM

Does anyone remember a chocolate drink called either Black Cow or Brown Cow? I think it was called Black Cow and came in a can. I was wondering if they still make it.

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    Monty RE: JoJo Jan 28, 2006 11:01 AM

    When I was growing up a Black Cow was a root beer float, vanilla ice cream and root beer.

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      Fydeaux RE: Monty Jan 28, 2006 11:38 AM

      This is what I remember also. I still see this on the menus of small town diners, but more and more rarely as time and "progress" roll on.

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        Andy P. RE: Monty Jan 28, 2006 12:59 PM

        Many moons ago, I worked in a 50's style diner, and the black cows that we made were root beer, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup.

        Mmmm...Black Cows!

        Swell, now I NEED to go to the store for the fixins.


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          Rod RE: Andy P. Jan 28, 2006 02:55 PM

          What makes a Black Cow a Black Cow is the addition of
          the chocolate syrup. Otherwise it is a root beer float.

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            JMF RE: Rod Jan 28, 2006 04:46 PM

            And if it's made with coke instead of root beer it's a brown cow.

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            Paul in S.C. RE: Andy P. Jan 28, 2006 05:04 PM

            way back when.

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              semmel RE: Paul in S.C. Jan 28, 2006 05:28 PM

              I was talking to an internet pal in New Brunswick. We were talking about milkshakes and rootbeer floats. He said oh yes from A&W. Umm, do you have those stores in the US?

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                Paul in S.C. RE: semmel Jan 29, 2006 07:02 AM

                We can buy A&W rootbeer in stores but I believe the A&W Drive-ins with their frosty mugs are just a memory. How great it was to have a curb-hop bring you a frosty glass mug of rootbeer on a hot summer evening. In my mind's eye I can still see the ice crystals that formed on the inside of that mug! Is root beer no longer popular with young people? I can remember soda jerks floating real cream ( not ice cream ) on top of root beer sold at drug store soda fountains.

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                  soda jerk RE: Paul in S.C. Jan 29, 2006 10:17 AM

                  The A&W full service restaurant chain is global. It is in every US State and a large proportion of countries of the world including Asia. While most of the restaurants are full service, there are also quite a few drive-ins still operating.

                  Link: http://www.awrestaurants.com

                  Image: http://www.awrestaurants.com/res/imag...

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                    Paul in S.C. RE: soda jerk Jan 29, 2006 02:48 PM

                    Glad to know they are still around. I live in Columbia, S.C. and our A&W's were closed many years ago.

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                      Jimmy Buffet RE: Paul in S.C. Jan 29, 2006 03:50 PM

                      >> I live in Columbia, S.C. and our A&W's were closed many years ago.


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                        soda jerk RE: Paul in S.C. Jan 29, 2006 04:02 PM

                        Looks like there are a half dozen in the Charlotte - Spartanberg area.

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                          Paul in S.C. RE: soda jerk Jan 30, 2006 08:12 AM

                          Sonics have taken over every street corner in Columbia. Don't know why they are so popular when our local Rush's chain is so much better. I'd certainly drive a few miles for an A&W but not 75.

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                      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: Paul in S.C. Jan 30, 2006 01:42 PM

                      A&W got bought up by Yum (owners of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, and KFC) a few years ago. Unlike the other brands, it's almost impossible to find a standalone A&W (I live in Phoenix and the closest one I know of is in Boulder City on the way to Vegas); When Yum builds new locations they are frequently a combination of two of their five brands. The most common pairing for A&W seems to be with KFC, but I have seen a couple of pairings with Long John Silver. A good number of A&Ws even have the frosty mugs; not all of them do. You've hit the jackpot if you find one that has hand-scooped ice cream, a great many use soft serve and a float with soft serve just isn't quite right.

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                      Shep RE: semmel Jan 31, 2006 12:41 PM

                      When a little kid in Pittsburgh, we always considered that "WEST" was defined by the first A&W we came to.

                      I still make it a point, when in San Rafael at lunchtime, to hit the A&W drive-thru off the North San Pedro exit. Those great floats are one of the few concessions I make to refined sugar. I think this stand-alone is one of the older locations.

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                        Seamus Mitwurst RE: Shep Feb 2, 2006 11:34 AM

                        Us too!
                        Except me were driving from Florida and Georgia.
                        I think we always stopped at the first one we saw.

                2. re: Monty
                  PZ RE: Monty Jan 28, 2006 04:50 PM

                  Where I grew up (Cleveland), a Root Beer Float was a Brown Cow, or a Boston Cooler. A Black Cow was a Coke Float.

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                    LikestoEatout RE: Monty Jan 29, 2006 08:04 AM

                    I think it's a regional term, I grew up on calling them Black Cows (northern Illinois) but went to a dairy store in the Smoky Mountain area, asked for a Black Cow and got blank stares for a few minutes, then "you want to buy a cow?"

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                      berkleybabe RE: Monty Feb 2, 2006 12:59 PM

                      Hey, where I live, Berkley, MI--outside Detroit--we still have a full-serve drivein A&W, unchanged and original. Carside service and the great root beer and brown cows. Now also includes root beer ice cream.

                      C'mon down! On Twelve mile between Coolidge and Greenfield.

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                      Jimmy Buffet RE: JoJo Jan 28, 2006 02:51 PM

                      And there was also a candy bar on a stick that was called Black Cow... Like a Sugar Daddy but dipped in chocolate...

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                        Pat Hammond RE: Jimmy Buffet Jan 28, 2006 04:02 PM

                        There's an alcoholic drink that's Guinness stout mixed with Bailey's Irish Cream, and something else (Kaluha?). It's called a Black Cow too.

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                        kennycandy RE: JoJo Jan 28, 2006 03:56 PM

                        i seem to remember the brown cow - choclate drink in a can - i grew up in rockville centre, ny in the 50's,60's- seem to think it was made by bordens - would really doubt it's still in current production.

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                          gigantor RE: kennycandy Apr 9, 2010 08:40 AM

                          kennycandy yes! im been looking for this black cow choclate drink in a can for years cant find it any where. I use to drink it when i was a kid in brooklyn. You said its a bordens product well need to contact bordens i guess, what do you think I should do?

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                          Paul in S.C. RE: JoJo Jan 28, 2006 05:18 PM

                          Didn't the Sugar Daddy Co. also make a Black Cow on a stick? Most of us remember Brown Mule ice cream on a stick. I think A&W Rootbeer sold a rootbeer float called a Black Cow.

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                            tokyoexpat RE: JoJo Feb 5, 2006 05:58 AM

                            I remember a "black cow" as khalua, tequila and milk over ice (also called a brown cow, and sometimes even a brave bull).
                            Also, I recall a line from an old Steely Dan song (back in the '70's that goes something like..
                            "Well its over now, drink your big BLACK COW and get out of here.."

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                              gigantor RE: JoJo Apr 9, 2010 08:46 AM

                              jojo Yes! i use to drink as a kid in brooklyn some says its a borden product, I wish that they will bring that drink back it tasted so good with a picture of a cow on it in a dark brown can. Well! that brings back my childhood memories.

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                                bajja58 RE: JoJo Jan 21, 2012 05:55 AM

                                I remember, and it did come in a can. I lived in Brooklyn, NY then.

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