Ah, Pinterest. If you haven’t joined, here’s what you’re missing: it’s FULL of good ideas. And you might find yourself a touch addicted—and wondering where the last hour went—once you start clicking around.
One of my first repins was from Glorious Treats. It is a recipe for homemade chocolate syrup (think the Hershey’s stuff, but without the high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavors & packaging). I couldn’t wait to try making it, since my preschooler has just recently discovered chocolate & “strawberry” milk, thanks to a commercial. Chocolate milk is not only a kid-friendly favorite, but also a great post-workout recovery drink.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Ingredients (use organic ingredients when available):
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (I use the fair trade, organic evaporated cane juice, available at BJs/Costco.)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably fair trade)
- 1 cup water
- dash salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a small saucepan, add sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk together gently.
- Add water. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and cook 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Cool. Store in the refrigerator.
For delicious chocolate milk, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup to 8 oz of milk. (Heat for hot chocolate.)
Or, use it to to make a chocolate green smoothie!
(This syrup would also make a delicious dessert garnish or ice cream topping.)
Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 1968.