Drinking Chocolate Is Chocolate You Can Drink! Let’s Make Some.

I am a sucker for anything chocolate, and I’m not very particular about the variety. I can appreciate and recognize a good chocolate, but I’ll never turn my nose to a Twix, a Kit Kat, or even one of those giant rabbit-shaped chocolates the …

I am a sucker for anything chocolate, and I’m not very particular about the variety. I can appreciate and recognize a good chocolate, but I’ll never turn my nose to a Twix, a Kit Kat, or even one of those giant rabbit-shaped chocolates the Easter bunny used to hide behind my bed (because it really was a good hiding spot).

I never go a day without at least one piece of chocolate—I find that it helps lower my stress levels and, overall, just makes me feel really good. Sometimes I’ll have a nice piece of dark 70 percent chocolate with a full-bodied glass of red wine, while other times I’ll enjoy a creamy piece of milk chocolate with my black coffee. No matter what form (cake, cookies, brownies, or drinking chocolate) it comes in, I love all chocolate.

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21 Highly Refreshing Sips for Fourth of July Weekend

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you’ll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we’ve got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It’s always a good idea to have p…

No matter how you spend this Fourth of July, there are likely three things you'll need: sunscreen (a must if you plan to spend the day outdoors), plenty of snacks (we've got you covered here), and something to sip on.

It's always a good idea to have plenty of water nearby, but you may want to mix things up a bit with a fun beverage or two. Think: super-refreshing drinks you can pour over ice and slurp through the afternoon and into the evening fireworks.

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What Is an Egg Cream, Anyway?

A well-made chocolate egg cream is hard to find. The beverage was invented by Louis Auster in 1980, and remained popular throughout the early 20th century. Famously containing neither eggs nor cream, the sweet treat was once poured freely by soda jerks…

A well-made chocolate egg cream is hard to find. The beverage was invented by Louis Auster in 1980, and remained popular throughout the early 20th century. Famously containing neither eggs nor cream, the sweet treat was once poured freely by soda jerks in candy stores throughout Bay Ridge and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Recently, it’s been popping up on menus as a relic of the past or a novelty; but, if you order it, odds are you will be disappointed with the taste. Not many people know how to make it well anymore—egg creams often come out too chocolatey, too watery, too thin-tasting.

what is an egg cream?

When made correctly, a chocolate egg cream is made with cold, whole milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer water in just the right proportions. Not eggs or cream. Not chocolate milk or ice cream. Too much chocolate results in a drink that's cloyingly sweet. Too much seltzer from the soda fountain, and the drink will taste diluted, a bubbly embodiment of disappointment. An egg cream is the perfect balance of sweetness, richness, and effervescence. And a very good egg cream is a frothy, refreshing treat. As for why it’s called “egg cream?” Auster’s grandson, Stanley Auster, has one theory: That the name had simply gotten mangled over time. The drink had been originally called “echt” (or “genuine, real” in Yiddish) cream, as in “good cream,” but somehow “egg” had stuck.

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The Most Common Smoothie Problems (& How to Solve Them)

Smoothies should be so simple: No cooking, just blending. What could go wrong? But they’re all too often watery, flavorless, or vegetal.

No more, we say! You can easily improve your relationship with your blender. If you’re on the “Drink one smoothie …

Smoothies should be so simple: No cooking, just blending. What could go wrong? But they're all too often watery, flavorless, or vegetal.

No more, we say! You can easily improve your relationship with your blender. If you're on the "Drink one smoothie every day" resolution track, we're here to support you—and give you easy fixes when your whizzing and whirring go awry.

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