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How to make chocolate syrup (at home! in 15 minutes!)

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With our overabundance of goat’s milk, I have been on the hunt for a recipe for chocolate milk. We had been using chocolate syrup from the store, but the ingredients are a little bit daunting. For example, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup contains

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP; CORN SYRUP; WATER; COCOA; SUGAR; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: POTASSIUM SORBATE; SALT; MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES; XANTHAN GUM; POLYSORBATE 60; VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR

Yeah, we can do better than that, for the same price or perhaps a bit less.

I may photograph the process the next time I do. It’s so incredibly easy, though, I’m not sure it’s necessary. The process, like most things in my kitchen, it an “about that much” endeavor. About equal parts water and sugar, and about half that amount cocoa powder. About 1/2 a teaspoon vanilla extract and a sprinkling of salt.

Long story short, you’re making a reduced simple syrup and adding cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.

Mix all ingredients with a whisk in a sauce pan. At first, the cocoa powder will form lumps but as the mixture heats it will all dissolve into the water. Bring it to a rapid boil, stirring frequently. It will start to bubble as it cooks and may even run over the pan, so make sure you’re using one that holds about four times as much as the volume of the mixture.

Bring the heat down to a simmer and leave it there fore 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so the sugar doesn’t burn. It should reduce by roughly 25%, but will still be very watery. Don’t worry, it will thicken up when it cools. Transfer to a squeeze-top container, pop it in the fridge once it’s room temperature and enjoy!

I taste tested mine for chocolate milk. First, I put too much in and my chocoholic husband was overwhelmed. I halved the amount I added (1/2 tbsp for 8 ounces of milk) and it tasted just right. The kids said it tasted more like cold hot cocoa than chocolate milk, but that it was an acceptable substitute to Oberweiss, which is really the only kind of chocolate milk I think it worth buying. (Please note: that wasn’t a plug for the company, I just really really really like Oberweiss milk.)

Price Breakdown

  • $0.27 – Sugar
  • $0.53 – Cocoa Powder
  • $0.10 – Vanilla
  • $0.01 – Salt

For about $.91, this should yield about 12 ounces of chocolate syrup. Last time I purchase chocolate syrup, it was around $3 or $4 for an 18 ounce bottle.

 

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