Easy, delicious, and made using ingredients you likely have on hand already. Make some homemade chocolate syrup and you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff again. Guaranteed.
I made that.
“No, you didn’t,” he said in disbelief. “Wait. Did you?”
He tastes it.
“Wow. You did. It tastes so much better.”
Otherwise known as … How to Impress Your Teenager in Fifteen Minutes.
Just make homemade chocolate syrup.
Although I next-to-never use the stuff, chocolate syrup is a staple in our home because Nick is a fan of chocolate milk and ice cream sundaes.
To be quite honest, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of things you can make from basic pantry staples … mayonnaise (will never go back to the store-bought stuff after this), ketchup, and a myriad of other things. And, of course, chocolate syrup.
Have you ever read the list of ingredients on a bottle of chocolate syrup from the grocery store? Filled with unpronounceable junk. Although you are still making something with sugar (read: not exactly clean eating), this is most definitely a better version of it for you. Just a few regular ingredients, fifteen minutes of your time, and you will be rewarded with pure deliciousness.
For awhile I have just been keeping ours in an old Nesquick bottle, which compounded Nick’s confusion about whether or not I had made it, but after a recent trip (and sale) at Cost Plus World Market (love that store!), I found a cute glass bottle that I have been using instead. Although the bottle was likely originally intended for pancake syrup, it works just as well for this chocolate syrup … and I love being able to SEE what’s inside.
Homemade chocolate syrup. I daresay, you need this in your life.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a medium pan, combine the sugar and cocoa powder and whisk briefly to break up any clumps. Add in the water and salt and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and let it simmer until slightly thickened, about five minutes. Remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Store in the refrigerator.