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Rock
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Posted Mon Nov 22, 2004, 7:49am
Subject: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

Can anyone recommend what are the best Syrups to use, along with some classic recipes.


I see WLL has these Monin Syrups, are they good? and has anyone tried the Low Carb version?


Thanks
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Posted Mon Nov 22, 2004, 1:58pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

Yes, Yes and Yes.
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Posted Tue Nov 23, 2004, 6:53pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

Are the Torani sugar free syrups just as good or better?

I can't seem to find the Monin online in Canada, and they will be too expensive after paying shipping charges from the USA. Any good Canadian online retailers for either brand syrup?
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Posted Tue Nov 23, 2004, 8:37pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

In my opinion,
Torani is not in the same class as Monin.   Maybe check out Stirling or DaVinci.

John
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Posted Sat Nov 27, 2004, 7:53am
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

I'll have to check out the Monin line.  I use Torani and I love it.  Well, I should say that the Torani Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla syrups are fantastic.  I've heard more than once that Monin is better.  Got to find out on my own now.  

The Torani sugar free syrups are made with Splenda, which I think tastes much better than anything with aspartame or saccharin.

Besides, I've heard that Saccharin causes cancer, and aspartame causes migraines and memory loss but I haven't heard anything bad about Splenda.

I can get DaVinci syrups in my local grocery store, but honestly I really don't like tham at all.  Maybe that's because all the local shops seem to use them.  When a syrup in a coffee drink made with good espresso can remind you of a terrible drink, it's difficult to keep a good impression of the ingrediants.

Incidentally, the local shop that I used to frequent switched to Monin.  But their espresso quality tanked big time, their prices went up by 30 cents, and the atmosphere declined.  

But as of late, Torani still has my vote.  I think they're overpriced, but if you buy them by the case they're much cheaper. But I assume any product is that way.

Here's my favorite Torani based recipe:  A slight variation of The Milky Way
In a 12 oz. cup combine the following:
  • Double shot of your best espresso
  • 1 shot of Caramel syrup
  • a dash of Hazelnut syrup
  • 8-10 oz. of chocolate milk, steamed, (or steamed milk mixed with powdered chocolate mix)
  • Top with fresh whipped cream, to taste
  • Sprinkle with a dab of chocolate powder or sprinkles for presentation.  I skip this part typically.

Try this out with some DaVinci or Monin syrups and see which one you like best.  Without using the Monin on my own yet, I still favor the Torani :)

Hamm
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Posted Sat Nov 27, 2004, 12:13pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

We use Monin at our cafe and people appreciate the fact that they're all natural. Even the sugar free ones are nice - they use a combination of Splenda and some herbal sweetener to cut the splenda taste. In my opinion, the flavours are easily better than torani and slightly better than DaVinci, albeit a bit more expensive. You can get them through Oughtred (www.oughtred.com) - if you ask nicely, they'll probably be able to ship some to you although they are primarily wholesalers. If you can't get them from Oughtred, drop me a line at 604 319 3065 and we can work something out.

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Posted Sun Nov 28, 2004, 5:43pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

I usually go through quite a bit of vanilla syrup.  I was buying Torani bottles at a local cafe, but it was getting pretty pricey.  I discovered that you can make your own syrup very easily.  The ingredients on any syrup are basically water, sugar and flavouring (plus colors, preservatives, etc.).  You can make a decent vanilla syrup with 10tbsp sugar, 5 oz hot water and 1-2 tsp vanilla flavouring.  If you want to make it of a higher quality, use real vanilla extract rather than the artificial stuff.

Becky

 
...and on that note, I need a coffee.
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Posted Mon Nov 29, 2004, 1:43pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

Monin are simply the best...and in the long run cheapest!
They taste better, by far, and we save about 2 dollars per bottle compared to the Torani. Reason being, we use half as much syrup to flavour the drinks.
Nick
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Posted Mon Nov 29, 2004, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

http://www.routin.com/default.asp

check this out,  i dont like davinci, monin or torani.

the routin syrups have good and a real flavor. I think that the other types have a synthetic taste.

they have alot of recipes.
NB
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Posted Tue Nov 30, 2004, 7:51am
Subject: Re: Looking for Good Syrups and recipes - Are the Monin Syrups good?
 

bradinvancouver Said:

We use Monin at our cafe and people appreciate the fact that they're all natural. Even the sugar free ones are nice - they use a combination of Splenda and some herbal sweetener to cut the splenda taste. In my opinion, the flavours are easily better than torani and slightly better than DaVinci, albeit a bit more expensive. You can get them through Oughtred (www.oughtred.com) - if you ask nicely, they'll probably be able to ship some to you although they are primarily wholesalers. If you can't get them from Oughtred, drop me a line at 604 319 3065 and we can work something out.

Brad

Posted November 27, 2004 link

Hi Brad,

I may have to take you up on that offer.

I emailed oughtred and I haven't received a response back yet. Although on their order form they mention a minimum purchase of 1 case is required, 12 bottles is way too much for me.

I'm looking for 1 bottle of all of the Sugar Free Flavours, Chocolate, White Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, Hazelnut.
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