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DIY Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Chocolate Milk, Milkshakes & Ice cream Topping

February 4, 2012 by Melanie Zook

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.



For delicious chocolate milk, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup to 8 ounces 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.

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