Christmas in July: Buddy the Elf’s Soda Fountain Specials

three maple soda fountain treats

Christmas in July wouldn’t be Christmas in July without Buddy the Elf. We were unable to contact Buddy. He may be visiting Papa Elf with Jovie and the kids, and you know how spotty cell service is at the North Pole.

maple syrup in a pitcher
“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

Buddy has spoken clearly on Elf nutrition. Knowing his tenets, we feel comfortable taking the liberty of speaking on Buddy’s behalf and making some twists on classic soda fountain treats that he would endorse. 

Maple Snow Cones

Fast, immediately gratifying and purely refreshing, maple snow cones are a nice break from traditional sticky fake fruit syrup snow cones.

You need:

Ice cubes and a way to crush them

Pure maple syrup

Using a blender, an snow cone maker, a vintage ice crusher or a mallet and a clean plastic bag, crush the ice cubes to the size you want. Pile in a nice shallow sherbet cup and drizzle with lovely, amber brown, thick, sweet maple syrup.

Maple Egg Cream

An egg cream is a New York classic that involves not a single egg. Egg cream lovers take their egg creams mighty serious, so we are risking scorn by straying from the classic chocolate made with Fox’s U-Bet Syrup. The best egg creams are made by eye, but just to make sure we didn’t have too heavy a hand with the syrup, we based our proportions on Ina Garten’s egg cream recipe

You need:

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup milk or half and half

icy cold club soda or seltzer

Mix maple syrup and milk or half and half in the bottom of a 16 oz. glass (a nice tall glass with a flared top is best). Stir together well and put in club soda while stirring. 

Maple Ice Cream Soda

This is a soda fountain classic. Similar to an egg cream, but with less dairy in the mix in anticipation of  the ice cream getting deliciously melty as you sip and spoon. Here again, we used Ina Garten’s ice cream soda recipe for measurements. 

You need:

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 tablespoons heavy cream

frosty chilled club soda or seltzer

vanilla ice cream

Combine maple syrup and heavy cream in a tall ice cream soda glass. Add club soda until glass is 2/3 full. Drop in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add more club soda–be careful, the club soda gets really excited about having the ice cream in the glass and can bubble up. Hang a second scoop of ice cream off the side.

Variation suggestion. Substitute maple bacon ice cream. Why not. Seriously. 

If you’ve never crossed paths with an egg cream and would like to read more, Brooklyn Farmancy & Soda Fountain owner Peter Freeman spells out the details in this interview.

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  1. Oh my! Yum! I am drooling! I confess to never crossing paths with an egg cream. I might have to rectify that situation!

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