Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Have you ever noticed that Corn Syrup has made its way into nearly EVERY food we eat?

Even Chocolate Syrup!!!  Since when did chocolate syrup require corn syrup?  Isn't sugar and chocolate sweet enough?

And it turns out that chocolate syrup is easy to make at home...Without corn syrup.

Chocolate Syrup
From:  Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (1966 edition)

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I blend special dark and regular cocoa powders together)
dash of salt
1/2 cup water

Combine and mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan. 
Cook for 5-7 minutes until sugar is dissolved.  
Remover from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla.
Cool and store in the refrigerator.*

*I clean out a store bought chocolate syrup bottle and reuse that.  Hurrah for recycling!

A few notes:

  • Corn Syrup changes the constistency of chocolate syrup making it thicker.  Since this recipe doesn't call for corn syrup, this chocolate syrup will be a bit thinner than what you may be used to.
  • Make sure you cook it for the full time, otherwise it might be a bit gritty.
  • SHAKE WELL before each use.  Some of the chocolate falls out of solution as it cools and you'll lose some of the potency and end up with sludge at the bottom of the bottle.

Chocolate milk.  An American childhood staple.

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