I don’t know about you, but we go through a LOT of chocolate syrup in this house. Mainly we use it in milk shakes, which seem to be a nightly ritual at our house…except for the hubster, who prefers his ice cream in a bowl with syrup on top. Tonight my husband made a grocery store run to pick up some essentials….silicone caulk, ice cream, diet coke, and a BIG ole bottle of chocolate syrup! I mean we’re talking GIANT!
I was so mad…at myself….because we had used up the homemade stuff I made last week and so in desperation we were forced to buy some for this evening’s milkshake making session. Of course we didn’t need to buy a 50 gallon drum full! (OK…I exaggerate. A little.) Ah well…with the way we go through Chocolate Syrup in this house…even this bottle won’t last for long. And when it’s gone I will be sure to have more of the homemade stuff on hand! I think I’ll need to make a quadruple batch next time. :-)
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1 cup water
- dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
In a small saucepan, add sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk together gently. Add water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool. Store in the refrigerator.
For chocolate milk, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup to 8 oz. of milk. Heat for hot chocolate.
For milk shakes, combine 1 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup and 2 cups (1 pint) of vanilla ice cream to a blender. Blend.
This syrup would also make a delicious dessert garnish or ice cream topping.
Recipe source- Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 1968.
And….as a special BONUS….I found this recipe for Super Special Chocolate Milk today and I HAD to share it! It takes “chocolate milk” to a whole new level! :-)
Super Special Chocolate Milk
- A hand full of ice
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 TBSP. vanilla extract
- ¼ to 1/3 cup chocolate syrup
Put everything into a drink shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into a fancy glass and enjoy!
This would be a fun “fancy” drink for the kidlets to enjoy. :-)
I know I should “do the math” here to show the $AVING$ from making your own homemade chocolate syrup, but to be quite honest…my brain battery is running a little low right now. If any of you mathematician types out there want to have a go at it….please feel free! :-)
Right now it’s time for me to go “plug in” to some shut eye.