Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Super Simple Homemade Chocolate Syrup

 http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/07/super-simple-homemade-chocolate-syrup.html

Better than Hershey's - Super Simple Homemade Chocolate Syrup - with only 4 ingredients you CAN pronounce. Sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt. You'll thank me!

A few years ago, weening my daughter off her bottle seemed like a never ending battle.  She actually drank out of a bottle until she was almost 2.  I tried from the time she was about 14 months to get her to drink milk out of different sippy cups.  I tried the soft ones, ones with tops like a nipple, different colors, different characters and different brands, I even tried the Avent sippy cup top on her bottle base. It seemed like it would never end.  I kid you not we collected 20 sippy cups over that 10 months.

Water was not a struggle, but milk certainly was.  If I took her bottle away completely she refused to drink milk at all.  She would go days with out milk and I would start to freak out.  I would think "What is nutrition in a 1 year old without milk"?  So, I would give her back the bottle for fear that she would...  actually, I don't know what I was afraid of.

So, this went on for the better part of a year.  Finally, one magical day in a ritualistic fashion we told her that the baba was going bye bye and took her to the trash and we threw them away.  (Of course I took them out and washed them and saved them).  But, the fact that there was no turning back was clear to all three of us (including a very uncertain Daddy).  I told her she was a big girl and she would drink everything out of her big girl sippy cups.

I was determined to stand strong on this and convinced myself that she was just being stubborn and eventually she would give in.  To make sure she was still getting good nutrition I made sure she had plenty of dairy in the form of quality yogurt, cheese and healthy homemade yogurt ice pops.  Well, after 3 months she was still refusing milk in her sippy cups.  I decided I needed to do something.

Even though I detest the taste of plain milk, I can drink chocolate milk.  I drank it every day when I was pregnant with her.  My concern was giving her one of the 14 ingredients that I could not pronounce on the chocolate mix container.  So, after seeing a few recipes on the web for chocolate syrups I decided to try my hand at making my own.

Sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract and salt.  I can pronounce every one of those ingredients and I am very happy to drizzle a little in her milk each day and just like her momma, she drinks every last drop.  Happy toddler, happy momma!

Enjoy!

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup
makes about 2 1/2 cups

¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder (in the baking aisle)
1 cup cold water
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a cold medium saucepan whisk together salt, sugars and cocoa until they are combined and there are no lumps. Add water and whisk to combine.  Turn heat to medium and bring a boil, whisking frequently.

Reduce the heat to medium-low whisking occasionally.  Allow the mixture to simmer until it has slightly reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour into a mason jar and allow to come to room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate.

Enjoy!
  

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2012 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved. 

40 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, i think i could drink that sauce!

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    1. I know Caralyn. It is so good on everything. Even in my coffee.

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  2. Oh those popsicles looks so inviting... Yes, kids, they make us creative...:)

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    1. Indeed they do. Thanks for coming by Marina!

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  3. The chocolate syrups looks luscious. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. She keeps me thinking. The syrup is incredible on everything too!

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry you had such a hard time getting her off the bottle! I know how it feels, although both my kids did fairly well (son, better than daughter) and were off by 12 months. We did have a period where our daughter was not drinking much milk either and it drove me CRAZY! But finally, after about 2 weeks she took to it and has been fine every since.

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    1. Now if we can conquer a few other things that she is stubborn about, I would be very happy.

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  5. I'm also familiar with the struggles of a toddler, as my daughter is 4 now. Glad she's adapted.

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  6. You're timing is perfect, I'm needing a chocolate syrup today, can't wait to try this out!

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  7. Oh YUM! Why would anyone buy storebought when they can make this?!!?! My sister refused to drink milk also when she was a baby, but she loved chocolate milk. So that solved that problem. :) Great ideas for getting that calcium and protein to your young one.

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  8. I hated milk growing up too - I would drink chocolate though! I hated even having milk in my cereal!

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    1. I hated milk until I found I could drink it over ice. I guess the milk was never cold enough, but I love it now that I drink it with ice -- just like iced tea. Made such a big difference - but don't let the ice melt! Hope it works for others.

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    2. I hated milk until I realized I could add ice to my glass of milk! It was a perfect solution for me, and I will love it. Still cannot drink it without ice.

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  9. I cannot thank you enough for posting this recipe. My daughters love to drink chocolate milk as their treat. I stopped giving it to them, b/c I could not stomach some of the chemicals/ingredients listed. This is wonderful! Thank you again and many blessings to you and yours! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  10. I get sick from chocolate milk in the store and Hershey syrup but this homemade chocolate I don't its weird.

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    1. Not weird at all, you could have a reaction to any of the "other" stuff in the prepackaged syrups.

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  11. I have to tell you that I stumbled on this recipe by accident while googling copycat Hershey syrup recipes. Let me tell you that your recipe, by far, makes the best tasting syrup for chocolate milk or ice cream that I ever put in my mouth. I have made it 3 times aleady and today I am making it again and doubling the recipe! Thank you so much for coming up with something that truly IS better than Hershey's syrup! - Karen

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  12. Oh, I forgot to tell you. I pinned your recipe on Pinterest too. The world needs to know there are much more delicious alternatives to the syrup in the store!! :) - Karen

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  13. How long is the life of syrup if refrigerated correctly?

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    1. I believe the proper answer is 2 weeks in the fridge.

      However, I personally have kept it for months. As it is made with sugar, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla, I feel safe keeping it as long as I need to. Hope that helps.

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    2. Any idea on calorie count as opposed to Hershey syrup???

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  14. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. My 3 years old son is very happy with the results and Daddy is happy for this chocolate alternative syrup. We use it with milk, over ice cream, mocha capuchino and evrything in between so it last for almost two weeks. Well I guess you get it, we love it!
    Happy cooking from my kitchen to yours!

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  15. Thank you so much for this recipe. My 3years old son love it and Daddy is happy with this alternative of chocolate syrup. We use it to do chocolate milk, over ice cream, mocha capuchino, with waffles well I guess you got the idea. It last us not even two weeks, we are a family of six.
    Happy cooking from my kitchen to yours!

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  16. My kids love it it's wicked simple to make

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  17. Thank you for sharing these recipes and making it easy to print them.

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  18. Great recipe. It took me about an hour start to finish (a lot of simmer time lol) and I was a little disappointed by the yield...didn't even fill up a half-pint jar. This will probably last my boys 3 days tops, but if I make it again I will probably quadruple the recipe. At any rate, thanks for sharing!

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  19. For years I have just taken the recipe for fudge on the side of the can of cocoa powder and just not cooked it as long so it was a syrup instead of a candy. I have always loved the flavor of real fudge. I did this more to make my own hot fudge sauce for ice cream because the sauces you buy in jars are so sub-par. I learned the technique from my mother in the 50's. This also makes the most heavenly hot cocoa you will ever taste!

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  20. I really like the idea of homemade chocolate syrup with simple ingredients. However, I would like to know if it would work using less sugar? I prefer my chocolate less sweet, but am not certain if using less sugar would mess-up the consistency.

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  21. I have another question, too: how much of the syrup do you use, say in an 8 ounce glass of milk?

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    1. I use about a teaspoon for my 4 year old. Hope that helps! Enjoy.

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  22. I made this today and tried it in my milk. Pretty tasty. After it was cool it was a bit thick so I added some water and warmed it up. I slso then added the vanilla thst I forgot earlier. Now it is the consistency of syrup. I would make it again

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    1. The longer you cook it - the thicker it will become. next time just boil it for a minute. It will look thin - but it thickens as it cools.

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  23. Oh I just made this and it's amazing!!! In my opinion it takes exactly like the name brand!! YUMM I was able to get a full pint mason jar of it.

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  24. Perfect timing. We will begin milking our goats tomorrow and my youngest takes a while to get used to the taste so we put chocolate syrup (a little less each day) in his milk.
    I'll do the strawberry one too.

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  25. This is a brilliant idea! Sometimes we have to out smart our little ones. I love this! :)

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  26. That chocolate syrup just became very addictive and I've just made it for the first time. It can be one of those things that you could crave all the time. May have to get a lock and key for it if I'm not careful.

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  27. I have made this and LOVED it. I have taken the liberty of sharing it on my blog - http://notsosecretwomensbusiness.blogspot.com.au/ - with all credit to yourselves, as something this good should not be kept a secret! As I said in my post, I don't usually do dessert every night but I have made an exception with this in my fridge! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

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  28. Do you think this recipe would work for canning? I make this regularly! Great recipe!

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  29. Can you post the calorie/nutrition info for this recipe? I'm looking to replace Hershey's syrup in my life (mostly due to the first ingredient being HFCS) but want to be able to record this alternative in my Fitbit food log. Thanks!

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