Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chocolate Syrup Update

In one of my earlier posts I attempted to make chocolate syrup. I've made two other batches since that post (yes, I go through the syrup quite quickly), and I used a different recipe for each one. The first batch had too much vanilla in it, the second batch didn't have a very strong taste of anything (I call it my neutral batch), and my final one almost came out perfect. I don't have any complaints, I can taste the chocolate, and it thickened nicely unlike my second batch. The key is to make sure that it boils enough. I've learned to take it off the burner after it initially boils up and the bubbles have come down about halfway from their maximum height, about 10 minutes?

Anyway, I said I wouldn't post a recipe until I found one I like. I think I finally have found one so here it is.

Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt

Mix the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt together in a 3-4 qt pot. Stir constantly until boiling (as to not burn the sugar), and let it boil down for about 10 minutes. Be careful though because it may want to overflow during the first few minutes, so continuous stirring will help keep the syrup in the pot.

Allow to cool some before adding the vanilla. Cool some more, transport to glass jar and refrigerate. I'm not sure how long it can last in there since I'm usually done with mine in a week and a half. Enjoy!

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