Growing up, I had a carton of white milk every day at lunch. It was 10 cents a carton and a good way to get our calcium. However, after so many years, I’ve learned that I don’t really care for white milk. Still, I know I need my calcium so I drink chocolate milk now. I figure the extra calories are okay since I am drinking milk.
Normally, I buy a chocolate mix but those can be pricey. When I ran out last time, I played around with making some mixes of my own. First, I tried a Nesquik type powder adapted from a recipe I found at Sugar Bananas. It was okay. It worked but I had trouble blending it into cold milk. It was decent, but after I made this chocolate syrup recipe, I knew that I didn’t want to make the powder again.
The homemade chocolate syrup is much superior in taste. It is creamy and blends well into cold or hot milk. It has a rich flavor so a little goes a long way. Plus, it is very frugal. That’s always a plus! This recipe is from Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette.
As I like with my chocolate recipes, it is simple to make and comes from every day pantry ingredients. There are no artificial ingredients, just four ingredients that make combine to make chocolately goodness.
My first batch is almost half gone and I will continue to make this recipe for my chocolate milk.
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the cocoa powder and the water in a saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve the cocoa. Add the sugar, and stir to dissolve.
Boil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Be very careful not to let it get too hot and boil over! It is surprising how quickly it will boil up in these three minutes.
Remove from heat. Add the vanilla. (Add more vanilla, if you choose. I used close to a teaspoon, as I like the vanilla flavor of my pure, Mexican vanilla.) Let cool. Pour into a clean glass jar, and store in the refrigerator.
This recipe yields two cups. It will last for several months in the refrigerator (if you don’t use it all before then).
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