I despise milk. I really have no desire to drink it. I can handle it in milkshakes and a little bit with cereal, but that’s it. I know it is good for me and I know I should drink the recommended amount every day. The thing is I would just rather get my calcium some other way, I wonder how much cheese I need to eat for that, anyone? Even though I don’t like milk, I hold a dear place in my heart for chocolate milk. Chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it? So in order for myself to be a little bit more conscious of getting my calcium intake, I decided to try making my own chocolate syrup at home. I used to buy the bottle, but when I really looked at the ingredients and could barely read any of them that scared me a little. Plus, I love being able to make things at home rather than buy them from the store.
The coolest part about this syrup, besides the many uses for it, is that it only takes 4 ingredients to make it. And those four ingredients happen to always be in my pantry ready to go. I am able to whip this up at a moment’s notice or whenever that craving for chocolate milk rolls around which usually happens after a good workout. I can also use this for when I want a mocha or to add a little something to some vanilla ice cream. The possibilities are endless. It is ridiculously easy to make and much better for you too.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
What you’ll do:
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder, making sure to break up any lumps in the cocoa. Turn the heat to medium-high and stir in the water and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the mixture to thicken. Once the mixture has thickened remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Store in the refrigerator.
Use for chocolate milk, ice cream topping, brownie topping, or any recipe that calls for chocolate syrup.
Source: As seen on Sunny Side up in San Diego, who got it from Annie’s Eats