I go to an Italian grocery store near my house that has an aisle filled with different flavors of syrup. I know you can make Italian soda by mixing it with carbonated water but I was wondering what other things you can make with them?

  • I have voted to close this as it is guaranteed to be subjective and argumentative. It is fundamentally no different than the many other "I have X, what can I do with it" questions we close every day. – daniel Sep 3 '10 at 1:40
  • thanks for your question! Please note that questions calling for a list of answers (as opposed to seeking a single "right" answer) should be started as Community Wiki. I've converted the question for you. – JustRightMenus Sep 3 '10 at 12:46

Any kind of flavoring, really, so long as the application will accept a syrup substance. They make killer milkshakes / malts. Add them to all kinds of desserts, beverages.

I've occasionally replaced extracts and granulated sugar in a recipe with a flavored syrup but you have to experiment with the right combinations as this tends to either overpower the dish with flavor or not make it as sweet.

  • The milkshakes/malt idea sounds awesome.. how do you make them? – Kyra Jul 28 '10 at 16:12
  • @Kyra: they are quite good! Just an ounce or so of syrup to a standard milkshake. I used a shot of Peppermint syrup in a std vanilla milkshake with a couple drops of green food coloring to make Shamrock Shakes for St. Patrick's Day, for example. – squillman Jul 28 '10 at 16:44

Coffee flavoring; Pouring it over Ice Cream; Mixing it with Cottage Cheese as a snack;

  • The cottage cheese idea sounds great. What flavors have you tried and like? – Kyra Aug 2 '10 at 1:03

I always enjoyed using them in vanilla ice cream milkshakes! Coconut is divine!


To dress up hot chocolate. I particularly like raspberry and orange for this purpose, but many of them compliment chocolate nicely.


I'm Italian but I had to search "Italian soda" with Google to understand what you are talking about.

In fact Wikipedia, English edition, rightly says:

In spite of its name, Italian sodas originated in the United States, not Italy.

  • more of a comment, don't you think? – justkt Oct 27 '10 at 16:12
  • @justkt: yes, but as comment would pass unnoticed and I think that some people care about these "details". – MaD70 Oct 27 '10 at 16:30

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