WARNING: If you are on a diet, or if you gave up Chocolate for Lent, you might want to skip this post. It’s dangerous.
For the last two years, I’ve been trying to learn to make things myself so I don’t have to buy them. It’s been a fun little adventure to see what I can produce out of my kitchen in order to keep pennies in my wallet.
And for the last 38 years I have been a big fan of chocolate. In my book, anything in the form of chocolate is good. Very good.
Therefore, it is my pleasure to introduce you to a very simple recipe that saves money, uses items I already have in my pantry, and involves chocolate.
Be still my heart.
Here is the recipe for Chocolate Syrup from Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette (which you can get from the library).
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
? teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
– Mix the cocoa and the water in a saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve the cocoa.
– Add the sugar to the saucepan and stir to dissolve.
– Boil for 3 minutes over medium heat.
– Add the salt and the vanilla.
– Let cool, then pour into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator.
Makes two cups.
The whole process takes less than ten minutes (not including the cooling).
If you like pictures, I attempted to document the process… Not my best shots, but it’s hard to focus when there’s chocolate involved.
Put the cocoa in the saucepan with water, then whisk it up until it dissolves
Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves
Let it boil, but keep a close eye on it since this will boil over quickly. Keep stirring to prevent scorching (it’s only three minutes).
Add salt and vanilla, stir and remove from the heat.
Let it cool down to room temperature and then transfer it into a good storage bottle. Store it in the fridge.
(I got this idea from Rachel and I’m totally stealing it. How cute is this? You can find these flip bottles at craft stores, The Container Store or the beer cooler – some beers are sold in these flip top bottles!).
Serve it over ice cream or for chocolate milk (with bendy straw optional)