March 31, 2010
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Usually, the luxury items of life, cost us the most on our grocery bills. I am not only trying to become more sustainable and more healthy, but I try to keep all of it in a $70 a week budget (actually closer to $65). And in doing that, the "luxury items", either have to be left off the grocery list or we have to pay the price... I also think there is a WONDERFUL third option... Make it yourself! Like chocolate syrup! Mmmm! Chocolate syrup is wonderful in milk or on top of ice cream...
So, I found this recipe, I guess it is originally by the Tightwad Gazette. But you will find people (like me!) re-listing it all over the Internet... The only problem that I have with the recipe (or recipes LIKE this), is there is so much sugar!!! The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, and I also read about 152 lbs a year!!! So, I try to reduce our sugar intake as much as I can. And the thing I try to replace sugar with (in the NEEDED cases!), is honey. We use raw, natural honey. So, in the recipe listed below, I have replaced one cup of sugar with honey...
1/2 C. cocoa
1 C. water (I reduced the amount of water to 1/2 C. using honey)
2 C. Sugar ( I used 1 C. sugar, 1 C. honey)
1/8 tsp. salt (sea salt!)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Whisk cocoa into water until dissolved . Heat on high, then add sugar. Stir well while syrup starts to boil. Turn down a little bit, but keep a rolling boil. Boil 3 minutes. Add salt & vanilla. Stir well. Cool and store in refrigerator for several weeks.
Adding this to your milk for chocolate milk, you won't need to add much and you need to stir it a bit more, but oh my!!! It is good! I haven't had it on ice cream but have tasted it on it's own, and hubby says it tastes like fudge! It is a DELICIOUS alternative to the store bought!