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Flavored syrups -- where to buy?

I would like to get a couple of bottles of flavored syrups, the kind that Italian sodas are made of. I used to buy them on the 'net, but the ones I bought last winter and stored on our non-weatherized back porch all exploded and leaked sticky syrup everywhere. (!@$%")(*$%)

I'm just looking for a couple of flavors; raspberry, hazelnut, maybe almond.

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  1. I usually buy Monin at Marty's in Newton. Torani syrups are easier to find, but they're yuckily sweet and artificial-tasting.

    The brand that Polcari's Coffee in the North End carries--name slips my mind, very old school bottles--does a fine grenadine and orzata. Never tried any of the others.

    Polcari's Restaurant
    309 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      Monin shows up at TJ Maxx every once in a while.

      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        The brand Polcari's carries is Ferraro. We've gotten their tamarindo as well, because I am Old School, and it's also good, though I think Monin is overall better quality.

        As Chris VR says, Monin and other brands of syrups show up at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and Home Goods, but obviously availability of specific flavors is unpredictable.

      2. Russo's usually has a few flavors of Monin (I would call first about specific flavors) low on the wall under the apples (left side, when you first walk in). Formaggio Kitchen has a lot more flavors of Monin. Russo's is, of course, much cheaper.

        Formaggio Kitchen
        244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. Arax has a few interesting flavors - sour cherry, date, rose...

          1. I'm really enjoying the Austrian sour cherry and elderflower syrups I picked up on a whim at Karl's in Saugus. Not something I was looking for and I don't know where else they are available.

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            1. re: Aromatherapy

              I bought a rosewater syrup somewhere, but I'm having trouble figuring out what to do with it, and it's a big bottle!

              1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                Rose lemonade? Why not post a query on the Home Cooking board.

                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                  Don't know if your rosewater syrup* is the same as what I bought at Arax - but I got mine to use in baklava. (never did make it, though)

                  * realizing that it might actually be rosewater flavoring or extract - I have a very terrified little dog on my lap right now due to the fireworks... otherwise I'd look...

                  1. re: threedogs

                    Sorry about dog terror! My syrup is Al Dayaa Rose Syrup, made in Lebanon, contains "pure rose", sugar, water, citric acid, artificial color. The trouble is that it smells like I'm drinking perfume. I do also have rosewater, which is used as a flavoring, sort of like orangewater. But this is truly rose flavored, and it's a bit much for me.

                    1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                      as you suspect, a very small dash goes a long way with that stuff, but it is excellent in panna cotta and custardy type things.

                      have seen the syrups at j. pace and ball square wines.

              2. My DH, bless his little heart, came home from Marty's with: Raspberry, Hazelnut, Blackcurrant and . . . Peach! Drinking a soda right now . . .

                1. They have Monin Hazlenut at Pace/North End.

                  1. Don't buy Tangerine flavor Monin syrup , it horrible, tasted like the smell of bathroom cleaner.

                    1. Ewww! Thanks for the warning!

                      1. I don't know that they carry anything besides fruit syrups, but I like the ones from Bazaar. I have raspberry and black currant right now. They're real fruit, and very reasonable, 5-6 bux a bottle.

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                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                            bazaar is a russian market. there's one on beacon street in brookline and one on cambridge street in allston

                        1. You'll find a good selection and a knowledgeable staff at The Boston Shaker in Davis Sq.

                          The Boston Shaker
                          69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

                          1. I use flavorganics Raspberry syrup, from Whole Food's. I like it fine in my raspberry lime rickey!

                            1. Bringing this thread up from the grave to see if there are any sightings of great fruit syrups around the area, currently. We got a new snow cone maker for the kids, and TJ Maxx and Homegoods don't have anything in stock right now. Sounds like Russo's, Marty's and Boston Shaker are my best bets, but wanted to see if anybody had spotted any other stores stocking syrups recently and fairly convenient to Lexington? (Wilson Farms is a no, as is Tutto Italiano.)

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                              1. re: Chris VR

                                missed the date stamp on the op (doh!) and replied above.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  Ball Square Wines... never would have thought to look there. Russo's is actually open until 4 today so I may give that a go. Thanks!

                                2. re: Chris VR

                                  not new, but Arax (selection varies). Cardullo's in Harvard Sq. carries the widest range of Monin I've seen, not cheap.

                                  1. re: Chris VR

                                    Cardullo's in Harvard Square has some I believe, though I don't recall the flavors. Although, maybe these were intended for coffee actually? Does it matter?

                                    1. re: Imby

                                      We wanted them for snow cones, and found them at Russos for about $9 each. We got raspberry and strawberry. I also saw mango, maybe passionfruit? And some other flavors that didn't work for me so promptly went out of my brain :)

                                      I did see caramel syrup somewhere along the way... maybe Bed Bath & Beyond? Can't remember at this point. I saw some interesting syrups at Spirited Gourmet in Belmont, but at $12 for a small bottle and yuppie flavors (lavender something and 2 or 3 other flavors), more for cocktail making than snow cones.

                                        1. re: catsmeow

                                          The ones I got at Russo's are Monin. The ones I saw at Spirited Gourmet, can't remember, local artisanal brand I suspect.

                                  2. Walmart has the raspberry flavored Troiani(or something like that). If. I remember correctly, it's near the bags/boxes of ground coffees. A friend gave me the heads up because I depended on. Tjs and Homegoods for my supply to make a good raspberry lime ricky. I didn't notice what other flavors they had. I got it at the one in Walpole but assume they all have them.

                                    1. Sophia's Greek Pantry in Belmont (http://www.sophiasgreekpantry.com), the shop with the wonderful house-made Greek yogurt, has a number of fruit syrups in stock. I'm fond of the sour cherry.

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                                      1. re: owades

                                        Are they her brand or a commercial brand?

                                        1. re: catsmeow

                                          Commercial syrups, from Greece and the Balkans, as I recall. Not made in-house. Look in the shelving underneath the front shop window.

                                      2. if you should happen to be looking for flavors a bit more exotic than the usual Monin syrups that one sees in such liquor stores as Marty's, Martignetti's, Kappy's, &c., you can find some good ones at Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Peabody -- they usually have Sour Cherry and Elderflower syrups, and I was excited to see that they now carry a Swedish Punsch extract syrup!

                                        Lots of selection also at the Boston Shaker in Davis Square Somerville.

                                        1. Stopped into the Hngham Fruit Center Marketplace on Hingham Harbor. They have Troini Hazelnut, Vanilla, Raspberry and I think Caramel(not sure about the last flavor). They are all sugar free and are located on a small separate shelf unit with all of the different ice cream toppings(chocolate syrup, caramel, etc. They have a branch of this market in Milton called the Milton Fruit Center in East Milton Sq but it has a much smaller grocery area, so they might not carry them.

                                          1. Pairings in Winchester carries a selection from Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont. Six different flavors, organic, concentrated, $15.99 for an 8oz bottle.