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Where to find flavored cofee syrups in greater Boston area?

JKJB Oct 13, 2010 05:21 PM

I would like to find cofee syrups (pumpkin, chai. etc) but haven't had a lot of luck. Some of the smaller places have closed over the past few years. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks

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    stomachofsteel Oct 14, 2010 07:00 AM

    I believe I have seen these in the food sections of TJ Maxx. I think Starbucks may also sell their syrups.

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    1. re: stomachofsteel
      catsmeow Oct 14, 2010 03:37 PM

      Homegoods too.

    2. okra Oct 14, 2010 07:38 AM

      My inner Rhode Islander thought you meant Eclipse or Autocrat, used for making coffee milk :)

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        kimfair1 Oct 14, 2010 11:25 AM

        Me too, the only type of coffee syrup I'd ever use!

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          dulce de leche Oct 14, 2010 01:03 PM

          I got some Autocrat at MB because it just spoke to me. I'd never seen it before and I'm not native.
          Is there a special thing you do, or do you just add it to milk? It was quite fine in my very cold glass of whole milk, but if it can be taken to even greater heights...let me know.

          1. re: dulce de leche
            kitsune Oct 14, 2010 01:50 PM

            "Coffee Time" coffee syrup spoke to me at a MB as well, because it has the most fabulous retro font on its label!


            I never knew what it was for either, but I'm intrigued to try a coffee milk now!

            1. re: dulce de leche
              okra Oct 15, 2010 08:28 AM

              My friend, you have found the #1 recipe. Good cold milk, coffee syrup, and a spoon. Satisfaction quota is not tied to your age group, although when I was 11, this was the greatest! Consume with a rare roast beef sandwich on a fresh sub roll - or, the ultimate, gaggers from Olneyville. But, that's another topic!

              Olneyville New York System
              20 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

              1. re: okra
                kimfair1 Oct 15, 2010 12:05 PM

                I love coffee milk, but I like coffee shakes better. Add milk, coffee or vanilla ice cream, and coffee syrup and blend till smooth. Mmmmm. I've found that not only is coffee syrup regional, it's pretty much mostly just Rhode Island and Southeastern Mass.

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                  southie_chick Oct 16, 2010 07:17 AM

                  Aren't they called "cabinets" in RI (instead of shakes/frappes)? While I like both Eclipse & Autocrat, my mom used to make me a drink with Bosco (chocolate syrup), milk, & soda water which ROCKED!
                  And (I hope this doen't get me kicked off the board), I like the pumpkin syrup that Dunkin Donuts has for the coffee - DO NOT ADD SUGAR if you order it 'cause it has a TON of sugar in it. Every year, I beg them to sell me just the syrup 'cause it's only a seasonal thing & it bums me out when they stop having it. The only other sugar based syrup they have I believe is mocha - all the other ones are just "flavors" & not sugar based syrups.

                  1. re: southie_chick
                    dmw010 Oct 16, 2010 11:35 AM

                    Isn't chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer otherwise known as an egg cream? Like coffee milk in RI, egg creams are pretty much limited to New York.

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                      PinchOfSalt Oct 16, 2010 12:08 PM

                      True egg creams use Fox's U-Bet syrup. Using Bosco is a form of heresy that promises an afterlife filled with soggy pizza and dead Spauldings.

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                        twentyoystahs Oct 16, 2010 03:51 PM

                        Well, yes, it's true that the most authentic egg-cream would be made with Fox's U-Bet, but saying a drink made with selzer, milk and some other type of syrup (than Fox's) isn't an egg-cream isn't really true. It's like saying a hot dog isn't a hot dog if it isn't an oscar meyer....

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                          southie_chick Oct 16, 2010 08:00 PM

                          Gee - I thought I'd cause more trouble with the Dunks comment than the "Bosco drink" thing (I didn't call it an egg cream - and sometimes mom would add coffee syrup too to make it a mocha).
                          And Pinch, 40 years ago, you couldn't walk into your neighborhood store in Southie & buy U-Bet, so she made due with what she could find. Being the bad cook that she was (she would be the first to admit it), we'd get a kick out of something she actually was good at making, & it made her happy when she could make something we enjoyed.
                          I'm looking forward to the soggy pizza - as long as I get to see her again & share it with her. ; )

                          1. re: twentyoystahs
                            PinchOfSalt Oct 17, 2010 04:12 AM

                            I was responding to dimw010's calling it an egg cream, not the fact that your mother made a drink with milk, Bosco, and seltzer.

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                              southie_chick Oct 17, 2010 03:03 PM

                              Didn't mean to get ya upset Pinch - I thought it was kinda funny when you called it an egg cream - that would only confuse my mom since she didn't add an egg or cream. (She NEVER understood Buffalo wings no matter how many times I tried to explain them too).
                              And, it was soda water - if you told her to put seltzer into it, she probably would have put Alka Seltzer in it & asked you why you would want to drink something so disgusting! (I told ya, she was bad at cooking!). If you would walk her thru a recipe, she would be OK, but if she had to do it on her own ........ it would turn out "interesting". Hence, the lazagna soup we had for dinner once.

                        2. re: dmw010
                          Allstonian Oct 17, 2010 03:32 PM

                          Called egg creams they're definitely a NY thing - here in Boston when I was growing up that was called a plain soda (as opposed to an ice cream soda.) In ice cream parlors and soda fountains, at least, both plain sodas and ice cream sodas were more often made with light cream or half and half rather than milk.

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                          scottso17 Oct 18, 2010 03:45 PM


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                            scottso17 Oct 18, 2010 03:46 PM

                            Thanks, southie_chick, for loving Bosco. :) You can buy it at Market Basket in the area and hopefully some more stores soon. I say "hopefully" because I work for Bosco, which means that I doubly appreciate your love of it! And to those who think an egg cream can only be made with other syrups... well, I'll leave that unsaid. :)

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                  Chocomom Oct 15, 2010 07:53 AM

                  Restaurant Depot carries them but you need to find someone with a card.

                  If you don't mind the travel, Perkins Paper (www.Perkins1.com) in Taunton carries them too and they have a company store that is open to the public.

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                    harryharry Oct 16, 2010 12:05 PM

                    Torani is a major brand... search on google - I'm sure you could buy them somewhere in the North End...

                    1. Eatin in Woostah Oct 17, 2010 10:33 AM

                      Formaggio Kitchen has a good selection.

                      Formaggio Kitchen
                      244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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