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Homemade chocolate syrup

April 21, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Syrup makes great chocolate milk

In trying to keep with a sort of theme for Earth Day this week, here’s a recipe that can actually help you become greener.  Homemade chocolate syrup is seriously good and super simple to make.  And by making your own, you control the ingredients that go into it, you aren’t purchasing a plastic bottle, and you’re saving money.  There’s just no downside to it.

This syrup is delicious in chocolate milk and on ice cream.  But don’t stop there.  Be your own barrista!

If you enjoy treating yourself to mocha coffee drinks, why not make them at home with your own chocolate syrup?  That’s a definite green alternative to visiting the local coffee counter. You can choose Fair Trade coffee (we buy Dean’s Beans and love it), you’ll save money, plus you’ll be doing the environment a favor by not adding more plastic cups, straws, and trash to the landfills.

(If you’d still rather stop by the coffee shop, at least get yourself a refillable travel mug or a water bottle to take along.  Even if you only visit the coffee counter once a week, that’s 52 times in the next year that you won’t be adding a cup, straw, cup cozy, etc. to a landfill.  How awesome will you be?)

{one year ago:  chocolate frozen yogurt ~ with or without an ice cream maker!}

Recipe:  Homemade Chocolate Syrup

1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. water

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Whisk cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a pot until combined.  Add water and whisk or stir until well blended.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool.  When cooled completely, stir in vanilla extract until well combined.  Pour syrup into an airtight container and refrigerate.  Makes approx. 1 3/4 c. of syrup and will keep nicely in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.  (Trust me, it’ll never last that long!)

“Till now man has been up against Nature;
from now on he will be up against his own nature.”

~Dennis Gabor

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. youngwifey permalink
    April 21, 2010 10:44 am

    Sounds delicious! I’ll have to try this someday! Happy (early) Earth Day!

  2. April 21, 2010 12:52 pm

    Can I drink it? Will be a nice day here tomorrow so a friend of mine and I have planned a walk in our botanical gardens nearby s0 that should be a nice Earth Day!

  3. April 21, 2010 2:37 pm

    Love this! I have been craving a mocha frappe for the last week and a half and last week desperately tried to melt a chocolate bar and add that to my frozen treat. Not great. All week I’ve thought to myself, I need to stop by Trader Joe’s and pick up a better version of the classic Hershey’s syrup. Problem solved! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. April 21, 2010 3:33 pm

    This syrup sounds fantastic and so simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

  5. April 21, 2010 4:58 pm

    Great idea! Plus homemade tastes so much better. You can actually use GOOD chocolate. And you don’t have the filler, stabilizers and preservatives of the store-bought stuff.

  6. April 21, 2010 11:16 pm

    i had no idea it was so easy! forget that messy, uber-thick bottled stuff–this is what i’d like!

  7. April 22, 2010 12:50 am

    Every now and then you’ll read how something sinful is really good for you. Turns out a McDonald’s milkshake has a high amount of … well, can’t remember, but it has some weird mineral like magnesium or the like, something that’s hard to find anywhere else.

    And a bunch of recent studies found that simple chocolate milk makes for a better post-workout recovery beverage than Gator-Ade and lots of other sports drinks.

    But it’s so hard to find chocolate syrup that doesn’t have HFCS. I believe Nestle doesn’t, but Hershey’s and the others do.

    So this recipe is a great way to save the time of reading labels. We know what’s in this! Thanks!

  8. April 23, 2010 6:40 am

    So, what holidy is next? :)

    I stink as a blogger, don’t I? I do….I’m sorry and I’m sorry that I’ve been slacking in the commenting and email department, too! :( Don’t ditch me yet.

    So how long does it last in the fridge? I like to have chocolate syrup on hand but as you know it’s not something we use a lot of here.

    Happy Friday, Michelle!

  9. April 28, 2010 9:47 am

    It’s o.k. on the photo… Sometimes they look perfect in your little camera viewfinder, and then you only realize when it’s on your computer (and the chocolate sauce is nowhere in sight, of course) that it didn’t quite turn out.

    Looks yummy. I’m kind of picky about chocolate sauce (I don’t really like the stuff from the store) so I might have to try this!

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