I'm SO excited to share this idea with you!
I've been experimenting for months. First, I started making homemade chocolate milk with cocoa powder and maple syrup but my kids never went for it. The grittiness of the powder never seemed to go away even if I simmered the milk to incorporate.
I thought they would get over it but they didn't. So I pondered ways I could make it more like store-bought chocolate milk using ingredients I had at home.
Then it hit me! Why not first combine the cocoa powder AND the syrup together and then add it to the milk instead of trying the blend all three cold.
It worked like a charm! I was seriously shocked how good my first small experimental batch came out. I kept dipping my finger in it, tasting in disbelief.
So I set out to make a larger batch and after a few tries I nailed the consistency, put it in a saved chocolate syrup jar and asked the kids if they wanted chocolate milk.
NOT A WORD.
They happily drank away.
The 3-Year-Old asked for seconds!
That's when I knew I had a winner!
Here's what I did...
- 1 cup maple syrup (335g)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (80g)
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
Put all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
Bring to a light boil.
Let simmer for about 1-2 minutes.
Cool and store in your favorite chocolate syrup bottle!
(If you are sneaky like me, make some and add to a half empty bottle of the store bought stuff. You'll be transitioning them to your new recipe without them ever knowing. )
Here's a video of the process.
I'm not kidding, I don't think I'll EVER buy store bought again!
My current obsession is slicing up a banana and topping it with a drizzle.
It makes something so simple really decadent!
Nutritional information for this was tough for me so I depended on my math skills so, umm yeah, you may not want to trust me. Here's what I calculated per tablespoon.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup That WILL Fool Your Kids!
- Put all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla, Pinch of salt
- Bring to a light boil.
- Let simmer for about 1-2 minutes.
- Cool and store in your favorite chocolate syrup bottle!1 cup maple syrup
- If you are sneaky like me, make some and add to a half empty bottle of the store bought stuff. You'll be transitioning them to your new recipe without them ever knowing.