Saturday, January 30, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Syrup = YUM!

I decided to finally get around to making some homemade chocolate syrup today after Donna telling me she had found a recipe a couple of weeks ago. I found a couple of recipes that looked good and combined them. Because, well..... I just don't know when to leave well enough alone when it comes to cooking and baking or anything else for that matter.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2 pinches salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tbsp light corn syrup

Mix the sugar, salt, and the water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and wisk in the cocoa. Continue to wisk and let it boil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Be careful not to let it boil over; almost learned that lesson the hard way myself. Remove from heat and let it cool about a minute before wisking in the vanilla. This way the vanilla won't burn off with the high temperature. Let it cool 10-15 minutes then pour into a glass jar or squeeze bottle, and store in the refrigerator. It will stay good for several months. Yields a little over two cups.

I think you could eliminate the light corn syrup if you wanted to and maybe just cook it a minute or so longer. I just happened to have some on hand already so I used it. I saw several recipes that didn't call for it though.

I think it tastes just as good if not better than Hershey's. Aly had a glass of chocolate milk after supper tonight and I am having some in a cup of coffee right now and we both agree it is delicious. And yes, I will be awake until midnight now drinking coffee this late. Thankfully I have plenty to keep me busy.

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