Homemade chocolate syrup is so easy to make and then you know what's in it!
Homemade chocolate syrup may not be something you've thought of whipping up in your kitchen, and I only did it out of necessity, but our normally somewhat picky son said this is even better than the organic kind we had been buying for years! The kids all like it in raw milk, and we also put it on homemade vanilla ice cream for a treat.
However lately I haven't been able to find that organic kind anymore. Our store used to have it, Amazon used to have it, but who knows why it's so much trickier to source now. (So many weird things are difficult to find nowadays, lately there's a cream cheese shortage?! At least it's not toilet paper again…)
“Back in the day” (before my food conversion) we regularly had Hershey’s Syrup in our fridge. Gross! That stuff has high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives, and other fake stuff that can't be good to put into our bodies, or into our kids!
So I decided to try my own version of homemade chocolate syrup, and it's less expensive too!
Now I know exactly what's in it and can decide how much sugar to use. We all know we should limit sugar in our diets, but we still indulge now and then around here, and just try to do so in ways that are at least a little better than we used to. (Here are all of my dessert recipes in one place, they're still a sweet, but homemade is almost always at least a little better for us!)
I also love slipping in some superfoods that either have no taste or give it a better taste!
Here’s what I came up with, and the kids love it… (See more photos below!)
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- 1 3/4 cup organic cane sugar or palm/coconut sugar, I use a little of both
- 1 cup organic cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 scoop grassfed collagen, optional, but there's no taste and it adds nutrients for hair & nails, extra protein, and boosts gut health.
- 1 heaping Tablespoon grassfed colostrum, also optional, but adds a bit of a sweet creamy flavor and has SO MANY health benefits, especially for your gut.
- Stir together sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add water, then bring to a light boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring rapidly, until sauce just begins to thicken. Keep stirring so it doesn't burn and also don't let it cook too long or it'll be too thick and more like a hot fudge than a sauce.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and optional collagen until dissolved.
- If you're using the colostrum, cool the chocolate syrup in the pan on a rack. While it's cooling, use a hand blender or just whisk well the following: 1/4 cup water in pint jar or water glass + heaping Tablespoon of colostrum. Once the chocolate syrup is mostly cooled--when it's no longer hot but still a little warm, then mix the colostrum/water into the syrup. (Cool to about 115* or so if you're usng a thermometer, it takes about 35 minutes, if it's still a bit warm it'll dissolve easiest that way. Even though the colostrum still has health benefits at a higher heat, it's best to keep it raw when possible to preserve the most nutrients.)
- If you see any lumps, pour it through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass jar to finish cooling, and you could just store it right in that jar.
- Or, once totally cool, use a funnel to pour into your container--I reuse a 22 ounce chocolate syrup bottle from the store and it fits perfectly. (It's plastic, which is why I cool it completely first.)
- Makes almost 2.5 cups. Use with milk like any chocolate syrup or on ice cream!
If you try this homemade chocolate syrup, please let me know in the comments!
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