About Bells Syrups & Cordials


Feb 5, 2014 History of Bells, Latest News, Milk Bar Stories , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Bells original 1950’s recipe syrups and cordials…

Handmade in Broken Hill Outback NSW


People have been travelling from far and wide to Bells Milk Bar for ‘out of this world’ malted milks and soda spiders for generations.  Once upon a time, many old milk bars and cafes in Australia made the bases for all their drinks by hand.  At Bells, all our authentic syrups are still handmade to Les Bell’s Famous Secret Recipe here on the premises in Patton Street – just like they have since 1892 when the shop was founded by Fredrick Fenton as a confectioner and cordial maker.  The result is worth bottling…

About Bells:

Bells Milk Bar is now an in tact 1950’s milk bar in South Broken Hill (thanks to Les and Mavis Bell’s 1956 renovation).  It is famous for its quirky décor and the ‘out of this world’ old fashioned milkshakes and soda spiders served here.

During Broken Hill’s mining hey days of the 1950s and 1960s Bells was regularly packed out and people were known to line up halfway down the street on a Sunday afternoon for a cool drink.

Despite the huge demand for the Bells drinks over the years, they have only recently been bottled for retail sale.  Apart from their good old fashioned quality, many of these flavours are simply not available anywhere else!  For your best ‘taste’ of Broken Hill and Outback NSW history, try some Bells Syrups and Cordials today!

Use Bells Cordials for:

  • Sodas (mix with soda water)
  • Spiders (add a scoop of ice cream)
  • Spice up a cocktail or other alcoholic drink
  • As a cooking ingredient
  • Click here for recipes

Use Bells Syrups for:

  • Milkshakes (add plenty of ice cream)
  • As a dessert topping
  • As a cooking ingredient
  • Coffee flavouring
  • In your favourite milk-based cocktails
  • The sky’s the limit – can you think of anything else?
  • Click here for recipes


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