Bosco Chocolate Syrup
Bosco Chocolate Syrup is a brand of chocolate syrup first produced in 1928. The company, Bosco Products, Inc., is based in Towaco, New Jersey, and products are sold throughout the United States and Europe.
Bosco Chocolate syrup was purportedly invented in 1928 in Camden, NJ by an unknown physician. The William S. Scull Company, a company founded in 1831 in Camden, NJ, acquired the manufacturing license. The Scull Company's most famous product was Boscul Coffee, which gave the product its brand name, "Bosco". In the 1950s, Corn Products Company acquired Bosco, and Bosco Products, Inc. acquired the brand in 1985. The name recalls the Greek word βόσκω, "I nourish."
The trade name "Bosco" was first used in 1928, and was registered in 1968. The website "bosco.com" is unaffiliated with the cocoa product and its producer; the domain name was subject to arbitration.
Nutritional and food value are reported.
Bulk materials are added via automatic measuring devices into stainless steel cooking vats. Minor ingredients and flavorings are blended into the batch separately, through a custom blender device, following product handling and quality assurance codes. While in the vats, Bosco is pasteurized for product uniformity and then cooled for bottling. Computers measure and monitor the product temperatures. Malt extract is added, which combined with Bosco cocoa powder yields the distinctive Bosco taste.
Bosco was once packaged in glass jars, but is now sold in plastic squeeze bottles.
As of 2015, Bosco is produced in several flavors in addition to the original chocolate: strawberry, sea salt caramel, fudge brownie, sugar free, and mocha (the last of which was added ca. 2012, replacing berry blue).
- Bosco Chocolate Syrup, at that time called Bosco Milk Amplifier, was heavily advertised on children's shows during the late 1950s and early 1960s, such as The Popeye Club, a local Atlanta, Georgia, program featuring Popeye cartoons, as well as live action sequences. An important feature of many of the television advertisements was the jingle, I love Bosco.
- Bosco commercials were featured frequently as some of the "retromercials" used in lieu of commercial breaks on TV Land during its earliest years.
- Vik Muniz, a modern artist, is famous for recreating well-known works of art, such as The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, entirely in Bosco Chocolate Syrup. A Bosco portrait by Muniz sold for $110,000 in 2007.
- Bosco Chocolate Syrup was used as fake blood in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), during the shower scene.
- Bosco Chocolate Syrup was also used as fake blood in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).
- Avante Garde saxophonist Marion Brown's Quartet performed a song titled "Bosco" on their La Placita album, recorded Live in Willisau, Switzerland on March 26, 1977.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Secret Code", George Costanza reveals his ATM PIN "Bosco" to J. Peterman's mother on her deathbed, who in turn repeats the phrase as her last word before she dies. He is then in a predicament at the end of the episode where he refuses to give up his ATM pin (Bosco) to save a man whose shirt is caught in an ATM machine while the building is on fire.
- In MASH, Radar refers to Bosco in the episode "Dear Mildred" (season 4, episode 8), stating his aunt would not let him dip his zwieback in his Bosco.
- In the season 3, episode 22 of Night Court called "Hurricane," Harry asks Mac to fix him a "stiff Bosco."
- In the season 4, episode 7 of The Sopranos called "Watching Too Much Television", Joanne Moltisanti (played by Marianne Leone Cooper) says "Cappuccino now. He (Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli) used to drink Bosco." in reference to a new espresso machine given to Adriana at her bridal shower.
In Laverne and Shirley Season 4's "Supermarket Sweep" episode Laverne wins a three minute shopping spree at a local grocery store. All their friends request certain food items, but Lenny and Squiggy only want Bosco.
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- Barth 2013, pp. 69-70.
- Goldberg, Vicki (September 25, 1998). "ART REVIEW; It's a Leonardo? It's a Corot? Well, No, It's Chocolate Syrup". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- The Last Supper in Ten Unusual Mediums
- "Just in time for the holidays, a $110,000 syrupy portrait". USA Today. Reuters. October 3, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- "Bosco Syrup Introduces Mocha Flavored Syrup: The First New Flavor In Nearly A Decade". The Wall Street Journal. 22 April 2013. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Marion Brown Quartet – "La Placita" - Live In Willisau (1978) Netherlands: Timeless Records
- Gardner, Urban (1 August 2011). "Burnishing the Bosco Brand". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 November 2015.(subscription required)
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- Official website
- 1950s Bosco Chocolate Syrup Commercial YouTube
- 25 second animated commercial with song I love Bosco (and others if you tarry on the page) YouTube
- Gallery of classic graphic design featuring Bosco
- Van Dyke, Dick. "Bosco Chocolate Syrup (Commercial)" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved November 22, 2015.