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Monin Syrups--Looking for Alternative Sources

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PayOrPlay May 7, 2007 03:38 PM

Monin syrups are a big staple in our house, especially now that PayOrPlay Jr. has given up Nesquik in favor of a simple shot or two of flavoring in his milk.

Torani syrups are easy to find (Smart & Final has a great selection) and much cheaper than Monin, but we've gotten spoiled--as a general rule, the Monin syrups don't have "extra" ingredients you find in the Toranis such as potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate and extra acid and xanthan gum and acesulfame potassium and . . . To our palate the Monin syrups taste better and don't have any artificial stickiness.

We've always bought them at Surfas but lately the supply has been erratic--on each of my last 3 visits they have been out of at least one of the flavors I needed. (Someone recently posted a thread about this as a more general trend at Surfas, but I can't find it--someday, someway we'll get date-ordered searching back, eh?) We are running dangerously low. I have seen limited selection at Bristol Farms, at inflated prices, but I would love to hear if there are any other places where they carry a broad selection at reasonable prices. You can mailorder from Monin but I would presume the shipping charges are not small. Searching the board turned up nothing. Thanks.

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  1. OCAnn RE: PayOrPlay May 7, 2007 04:24 PM

    I believe CostPlus carries them.

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      LisaN RE: OCAnn May 7, 2007 04:38 PM

      I've only seen Torani at Cost Plus

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        Diana RE: LisaN May 7, 2007 06:01 PM

        I second the above, only Torani at CP

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      revets2 RE: PayOrPlay May 7, 2007 05:56 PM

      i've seen them at WHOLE FOODS.

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        Diana RE: revets2 May 7, 2007 06:02 PM

        nope..only torani there, too.

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          revets2 RE: Diana May 12, 2007 11:45 AM

          Was just at the WHOLE FOODS at EAST PASADENA and GLENDALE. both have six to seven different flavors of MONIN.

          also, NICOLE'S GOURMET in south pas carries.

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          thericequeen RE: revets2 May 7, 2007 06:03 PM

          I think Whole Foods carries them - you can also order them directly from Monin's on-line retail store @

          http://www.moninstore.com/

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            LisaN RE: revets2 May 7, 2007 06:48 PM

            I think I've seen one or two bottles at Whole Foods, but not a big selection.

            Frys electronics usually carries them too At least I've seen them at the Burbank store

          2. liu RE: PayOrPlay May 7, 2007 06:04 PM

            While we're on the subject, I would love to find the Monin syrups in tiny sizes. If anyone has ever seen the smaller bottles, please do tell. I looked on their site and they do make small sizes in select flavors.

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              mrpullings RE: PayOrPlay May 7, 2007 08:32 PM

              Whole Foods in Glendale has them - hard to find - tucked up on a top shelf near their coffee counter. Not a large selection - smaller bottles in 3-4 flavors.

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                liu RE: mrpullings May 7, 2007 08:46 PM

                Thanks, mrpullings, for spotting the smaller sized bottles. Their website shows several flavors in the smaller bottles but I have not seen them in my wanderings. Whole Foods is easy enough, but without your direction -- "near the coffee counter" -- I would not have found them.

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                Jack Flash RE: PayOrPlay May 8, 2007 01:02 PM

                I know I've seen them around many places; and of course, I can only think of one right at the moment. Monsieur Marcel in Farmer's Market definitely has a selection of Monin syrups.

                A quick search on the 'net shows that they're sold at Lollicup stores, which can be found in SoCal.

                Also, check out baristaproshop.com

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                  horker1 RE: Jack Flash May 11, 2007 02:39 PM

                  They recently appeared at Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Ross. In the weird food section. It's mainly the DaVinci brand, but the Monin is there too. Some of their products have artifical flavors though, not sure if that's something you're avoiding too.

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                  obre RE: PayOrPlay May 12, 2007 10:01 PM

                  Sometimes, Market Gourmet in Venice has them, although it's erratic as well.

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                    bulavinaka RE: PayOrPlay May 15, 2007 09:09 PM

                    Marina Farms has at least two dozen flavors of Monin at $8 per, but I don't know how long they've been sitting on the shelves...

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                      yclops RE: PayOrPlay May 16, 2007 12:28 PM

                      You may want to give the Zergut brand syrups a whirl. Simply fruit and sugar, nothing else. The sour cherry, black currant and blackberry are excellent (about 7-8 varieties total). Jon's carries some, and Valley Produce has a wide selection. Other Middle Eastern market likely will have them as well.

                      They're an unbeatable value to boot: ~$3-$4 for a 25 oz bottle.

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                        kemi5 RE: PayOrPlay Nov 13, 2009 10:45 AM

                        Fry's Electronics carries the best selection of Monin flavors I've seen anywhere. I would say a dozen or more total. My question is, where can you buy the pumps aside from the site? BTW Smart & Final carries Torani pumps & syrups but they don't fit Monin's bottle.t

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