You can take the girl out of Rhode Island, but you can't take Rhode Island out of the girl.
I've missed my favorite drink, not having any since we left Connecticut back in October. You just can't seem to find coffee syrup anywhere outside of New England. In fact, people have never even heard of coffee milk! But if you are from Rhode Island, you know it, and most likely, drank it.
Autocrat, (the maker of coffee syrup) is located in Lincoln, RI, and has been making coffee and tea products since 1895. Coffee syrup was introduced to Rhode Islanders in the 1930s.
The familiar yellow-labeled bottle with the singing red bird boasts 5 ingredients...high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, coffee extract, caramel color, and potassium sorbate. Not overly healthy and at 100 calories per 2 tablespoons, (before you add your 6-8 oz of milk), not a diet-conscious drink.
But, that hasn't stopped it from becoming The Official Drink of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (beating out RI's other favorite...Del's Lemonade.)
However, if you want some, and you aren't within driving distance of a Rhode Island grocery store, you'll have to order them. That's what my husband just secretly had my mom do for me...thank you to both of them for filling up my traveling home with my favorite drink, (other than red wine, of course).
|Coffee Syrup Made it to Texas|
Now, if you enjoy the taste of coffee milk, but want something a little healthier, you can always try Dave's Coffee Syrup, also made in Rhode Island, in Charlestown. Brewed with all natural ingredients and found in local supermarkets such as Dave's and Whole Foods.
Or you can get it online. Dave's Coffee
|Enjoying some Coffee Milk (and weiners) at Wein-o-Rama in Craaaaaaaaanston right before we hit the road.|