Thursday, October 20, 2011

Grown-Up Chocolate Syrup

Every so often I find myself really, I mean really wanting chocolate milk. I don't know, maybe it's the time of year. The time of year when oh so many years ago, I would get off the bus from school and sit down with a PB and J and a glass of chocolate milk...right before homework, during "Power Rangers".
And before I knew any better, when chocolate syrup came all sugary and not at all chocolaty enough, I chugged it, and savored every last drop and smacked my lips in delight. Tonight, I really wanted some chocolate milk because, oh you bet it was one of those days and a stiff drink wouldn't cut it and I made my own chocolate syrup. I could, just because I'm a grown up now, add a little shot of coffee liqueur, or raspberry liqueur, or maybe some whiskey!

Grown-Up Chocolate Syrup        Makes 8oz of syrup

5oz          Milk Chocolate, chopped and melted
1/4 cup    Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 cup Water
2+ tsp      Sugar (You can add more sugar, but I like it a little less sweet. You can also use raw sugar.)
1/2 tsp     Vanilla Extract
pinch        Salt

1.  Bring water to a boil.
2.  Place cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup of boiling water to the dry ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
3.  Add the remaining water, melted chocolate and vanilla extract and continue whisking until smooth.
4. Cool to room temperature.

To make chocolate milk (kind of silly, I know!)
Mix 2 tablespoons of syrup with 4oz. of milk.
**My preference is almond milk, the kind found in the dairy case not in the stuff in the box.

 The syrup will blend better if it is at room temperature, and will keep for a week in the fridge.

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