I saw homemade chocolate syrup online and figured, No, this can’t possibly work. But it does. I stopped buying Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup because of the high fructose corn syrup which is like the first or second ingredient. I have another recipe from “Baked: 10 Simple Ingredients” for homemade chocolate syrup if anyone wants to try it out. I’ll post that one below as well. I haven’t made anything from their recipe books as of yet, so I can’t tell about their reliability. I’ve noticed that some restaurants that make “at home” cookbooks change the recipe drastically when making it at home.
The Verdict: We all LOVED it. William thought it made awesome chocolate milk. I don’t think I could eat with a spoon (I don’t care much for chocolate a lot anyway), but thought it was delicious on our vanilla ice cream or anything else we could dip into the homemade chocolate syrup.
Why make it? Well, you won’t have nasty stuff in your syrup. It is SLIGHTLY cheaper to make your own. If you use good quality cocoa, you break even. If you use cheap, Aldi cocoa powder, then you’ll save about $1. *Update* Per one reader, this is 34 calories per tablespoon per myfitnesspal.com – which is a lot less than Hershey’s. It is more than the sugar free version, but that one has a ton of preservatives.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
yield about 2 cups
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Put your saucepan on the stove and dump in the sugar, cocoa and salt. Mix that up a bit.
2. Add your water. Stir.
3. Boil the mixture and stir once in a while while it comes to a boil.
4. Turn it down to medium/medium-low and cook 1 minute. It should be at a simmer.
5. Take the pot off of the burner and add the vanilla. Cool and put in the fridge.
**Some people had problems with crystallization and added light corn syrup to the recipe. I stored my syrup in the fridge in a glass jar and had NO problems with crystallization at all. I shook up the jar before serving… just for kicks. But really that was it. **
Here is what was in the “Baked” recipe book: Add 1/4 cup dark cocoa to 1/2 cup water on medium heat to dissolve. Whisk in 1 cup sugar and raise temperature to medium-high. Boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 tsp. salt. (I have an inkling this would taste better with vanilla???)
Original recipe from Glorious Treats
sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more says
yum, I think this is great.
Lillian Anderson Mahoney says
I ran this through the recipe calculator on “Myfitnesspal.com” and it came up with 34 calories per tablespoon; Hershey’s said it was 100 calories per tablespoon. and it was so easy to make
Mary Ellen says
That is AWESOME!! That is a little more than the sugar free, but hey, look at the ingredients in the sugar free and I’m pretty sure 15 calories is worth it: WATER; COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI; ERYTHRITOL; GLYCERIN; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SODIUM ACID SULFATE; NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR; XANTHAN GUM; SALT; POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE); SODIUM BENZOA TE (PRESERVATIVE); ACESULFAME POTASSIUM; SUCRALOSE; ZINC SULFATE; VITAMIN E ACETATE; NIACINAMIDE; CARAMEL COLOR; BIOTIN
Lillian Anderson Mahoney says
That’s why I make as many things from scratch as I can. Thanks for your posts.
I’ve been making this exact recipe for probably a year now and keep it in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. It’s been great substitute for Hershey’s – we use it for chocolate milk mostly, but also for anything that needs some chocolate syrup.
This is sooo good! I made it this morning and stirred some into my coffee.