Fox's U-bet chocolate syrup
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Fox's was and is the preferred syrup used in both fountain and home made egg creams in the New York area. When made at home, it was traditional to use factory-bottled seltzer spigots which were home-delivered. The thick syrup was often dispensed with a hand-pump that replaced the lid of the syrup jar, a product discontinued when the company switched to plastic squeeze bottles in 2002. Both U-Bet and Bosco, another brand with NY/NJ roots, use real cocoa. However, U-bet contains dry milk.
Egg cream purists and fans of the original early 20th-century formulation of U-Bet sometimes seek out the Kosher For Passover version of the syrup. To maintain its kosher certification from Kay Kosher Supervision during the Passover holiday, U-Bet is made before Passover with refined sugar instead of the high-fructose corn syrup sweetener base used the rest of the year.
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