August 9, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

In a perfect world, I wouldn't have to spend time reading labels in the supermarket before buying a product. I'm a stickler for so-called "natural" things, and it's discouraging how many grocery items that seem relatively healthy really aren't.  Like Nutella (sigh, we love that stuff, but must eat it in moderation).

One item I've avoided lately due to its inclusion of high fructose corn syrup, (something we try to avoid in our pantry), is chocolate syrup.  Recently I came across a recipe for making my own, and it couldn't be more simple.  While it does contain sugar (ie. calories), it has no HFCS or preservatives, and is great in chocolate milk (Soren approves) and over ice cream.
With only 5 ingredients, all of which I usually have on hand, this recipe is super-easy, tasty, and lasts for about a month.

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE SYRUP (makes about 12 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a medium sized pot, whisk together the sugar and cocoa to get out all the lumps.  Add the water and salt and cook on medium heat.  Be sure to stir the pot often, and let the mixture boil.  Watch that it doesn't boil over though, and if the bubbles are too much, lower the heat a bit.  Continue stirring until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat, let cool for 10 minutes, then add the vanilla and stir.  Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a month.


  1. That sounds amazing, Kathleen!!! And I do love that it's free of all that yucky stuff!

  2. Fantastic! And no questionable ingredients.

  3. That IS incredibly simple!! I've been feeling so guilty when I consume the HFCS infested chocolate syrup, so I just stopped it all together.

    This will be an amazing alternative, and I can't wait to try it :)

  4. Beats the heck out of the organic syrup I have bought in the past! Such a better alternative! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love making all my own stuff (syrup, pancake mix, cheese sauce, etc) but I've never done chocolate syrup. I think I must try it.


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