Here is a great alternative to buying chocolate syrup- making your own! We're usually not big consumers of chocolate sryup around here (we love hot fudge though!!), but using it in chocolate milk, lately, has been a good way for me to get a bevearage down in the evenings when I'm feeling my most nauseous. I'll usually have some chocolate milk for dinner, and it helps the meal go down easier.
I bought some Hershey's, but the first ingredient in that is high-fructose corn syrup- yuck! Nobody needs that. So I made my own, out of only cocoa, water, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. SO easy- it really only takes about 3-5 minutes, and it tastes way better, and does not have HFCS or any other scary ingredients. I use about 1 tablespoon in a glass of milk to lightly flavor it- good times! (BTW, if you live close to a Trader Joe's, they have (or used to have) an organic chocolate syrup called Midnight Moo. It used to be only $.99, too! This homemade stuff is probably just a little cheaper than that).
This turns out a little thinner than store-bought syrup, but it is fine for my needs. One could probably use a little honey in place of sugar to thicken it, but I'm not sure how that would work. I did reduce the sugar just a tad.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 2/3 cups white sugar
pinch sea salt1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa, sugar, salt, and water. Bring to a boil and let boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool before transferring to a container and storing in the fridge.
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