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geekgirl Feb 10, 2008 06:30 PM

When I was a kid, I had a chocolate chip cookie made by a gal from South Carolina, that cookie was so sweet. She used some type of red syrup. Can anyone tell me what it is and maybe a cookie recipe to go along.

  1. Suzy Q Feb 11, 2008 09:44 AM

    Grenadine in cookies? Never heard of that one and I was born and raised in South Carolina. I was gonna suggest Cheerwine - LOL!

    Are you sure it was red, and not something like a dark Karo syrup?

    1. Tehama Feb 11, 2008 08:34 AM

      I bet it was Grenadine.

      (Following from Wikipedia)

      Grenadine is traditionally a red syrup. It is used as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a pink tinge to mixed drinks. "Grenadines" are also made by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or pitcher, sometimes with ice.

      The name "grenadine" comes from the French word grenade meaning pomegranate, as grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice and sugar. However, "grenadine" is also a common name mistakenly applied to syrups and beverages consisting of other fruit juices (e.g. raspberry, redcurrant, blackberry) and sugar syrup. The characteristic flavor can be obtained from a mixture of blackcurrant juice and other fruit juices with the blackcurrant flavor dominating.[1]

      The food industry, however, has widely replaced grenadine fruit bases with artificial ingredients. The Mott's brand "Rose's", by far the most common grenadine brand in the United States, [2] is now formulated entirely out of a high-fructose corn syrup, water, and citric acid base, sharing nearly the same formulation as orange drink. The French brand Monin still produces real grenadine with 10% pomegranate juice.

      Grenadine syrup is commonly used to mix "cherry" Coca-Colas (also called Grenadinis or Roy Rogers cocktails), pink lemonade, Shirley Temple cocktails, Tequila Sunrises, and flavor-soaked cherries, making them bright red. These are in turn often used in fruitcakes. It can also be added to a Mimosa to give it a red and orange color. Grenadine can also be combined with beer, forming what has been coined "grena-beer" or more recently "Christmas beer." The grena-beer fad originated in Europe during the nineties. It is currently popular in Southern California.[citation needed]

      The name is also applied to alcoholic cordials, such as that made by J. R. Phillips "originally distilled from Devon herbs and spices." [1]

      There are three different kinds of grenadine.

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