My kid is a chocolate addict. Alright, that might be a little bit too extreme. She’s a chocolate milk addict! We go through Hershey’s syrup like it’s our job. You know the stuff. Don’t pretend like you’ve never opened it up and eaten it straight from the bottle during one of your mad searches for chocolate. (We’ve all been there.) It didn’t help your craving, though, did it? Probably not, unless you were just craving sugar. It’s not real chocolate. It’s mostly HFCS- High Fructose Corn Syrup. Yeah, that’s what I’ve been giving my daughter, sip after sip. Great. Oh, yeah, don’t forget that it’s more than likely GMO corn. By the way, Hershey is infamous in the Celiac/Gluten Free community for not telling the source of their “natural flavors.” They say it’s “proprietary information” and we basically don’t need to know. If you don’t know, “natural flavors” could be from just about anything, and we DO need to know. *clears throat* Time for a change!
So, one day, after noticing that we’d gone through ANOTHER bottle of syrup, I began to think that there’s got to be a cheaper and better way, right? Sure. A little googling and I found tons of ideas, reviews, recipes, etc. and most of them were cheaper and were said to taste BETTER than store bought. So why not!? The recipe we used was so easy that Izzabella and I used it as our “project time”.
The hardest part was not eating it while it sat on the stove. :/ It smells so good, you’ll look for any excuse to taste it.
Here’s what you need:
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 – 1/2 cups water
- 1 – 1/2 cups sugar (I don’t live without sugar. Sorry to those of you who avoid it, I’m a junkie and I’m not going to hide it!)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I use real Vanilla for everything, so if you use imitation, it may vary… but I don’t think it really matters if you’re not exact with any of this.)
- pinch of sea salt (Yes, SEA salt. If you haven’t replaced table salt in your home, it’s time. Like, yesterday. Real salt= health benefits and amazing flavor, table salt= hazardous chemicals.)
Basically, all you have to do is heat up the water and cocoa until melted, and then stir in the sugar. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for a few minutes. (3-5 minutes, not too long.) You’ll smell it and see it start to thicken. Take it off the stove and let it cool. Once cooled, add in the Vanilla and salt. Enjoy! 🙂
We had to try it warm, on our ice cream. It was kid, mommy, and daddy approved. (Although, Daddy will approve anything that will stretch our budget!) Still not convinced? Here’s Izzabella, after eating our snack and “helping with clean up.” She couldn’t resist!