Saturday, December 26, 2009

chocolate syrup

So I've discovered I like to make a lot of things homemade like my mayo and hot cocoa and tortillas and the baby's dipees and my cleaning solutions. Tonight I was sitting here wishing I had some chocolate syrup for our left over ice cream from yesterday... I know I'm cheating on my diet, but oh well... once the leftovers are gone, we'll be back on track! really!! seriously!!! Anyways, I found this recipe on Recipezaar and it tastes really good! Not an EXACT match to Hershey's, but close enough for our little family! Hubby thinks it's yummy as well! The boys loved it of course. And it was so simple. It is thicker than the stuff you buy in the store, but the flavor still seals the deal for me :) The organic references are from the person who submitted the recipe. I didn't use organic anything in mine, and I just used tap water ;)

EDIT: It seems that after leaving this in the fridge over night that it is nearly TOO thick to do much with. I did try to make chocolate milk and it got MOSTLY mixed in. There was some syrup left on the bottom that didn't stir in well. I think I will try this again and be sure to boil it either at a lower temp or for a shorter amount of time...or both :)

Homemade Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Recipe

20 min | 5 min prep

SERVES 32 , 2 cups

    * 1/2 cup packed cocoa powder (can use organic)
    * 1 cup water (can use bottled)
    * 2 cups sugar (can use organic cane sugar)
    * 1/8 teaspoon salt (can use kosher salt)
    * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (can use organic)

   1. Whisk cocoa powder and water together thoroughly in a large saucepan.
   2. Heat and whisk to dissolve the cocoa. (I use medium-low heat).
   3. Add the sugar and stir/whisk to dissolve. Be sure the sugar has dissolved before continuing on, so your         syrup is not grainy.
   4. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Be sure to watch this VERY carefully. Mine has a tendency to             want to boil over immediately, so I have to continuously take it on and off of the burner.
   5. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla extract.
   6. Let cool completely and skim off any skin that may have formed.
   7. Pour into a clean/sterile jar with a spout and store covered in the refrigerator.

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Give it a go!! and enjoy!

ps... I've also discovered I use exclamation points A LOT! I must be using my excited voice when I type ;)

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