Don’t you just I love it when something homemade turns out just as good and cheaper than the store-bought kind. In this case, it’s bye-bye, Hersheys and hello Chris’ homemade chocolate syrup! This do-it-yourself syrup has a rich chocolate flavor and has a nice smooth texture. It is fat-free and does not contain any high-fructose corn syrup. It does contain a couple of tablespoons of corn syrup to prevent the crystallization of the sugar. So not only does it taste great, but it’s also healthier, too! If only I could think of healthy items to drizzle it on, but I digress….
Obviously, this syrup is perfect for making chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Chris wisely stored the syrup in squeeze bottles so it is perfectly easy to drizzle some on ice cream, bananas, strawberries, and other fruit. Best of all, it is great for making my morning mocha!
While the recipe called for Dutch-processed cocoa powder, Chris used natural cocoa since it was what we had in the pantry. If you’re curious about the difference between the two, David Lebovitz does a great job of explaining it in this post.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Yields 5 cups
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder (natural cocoa works just fine)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small pot. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and corn syrup and whisk until cocoa powder is dissolved. Reduce the sauce until slightly thickened. Strain and cool to room temperature. Pour into squeeze bottles.
Adapted from a recipe from Alton Brown.
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This looks amazing! I have to avoid corn syrup in my diet, though. Would Chris have any substitutes he’d recommend for this recipe?
I googled this recipe that does not contain corn syrup, but we haven’t tried it. Give it a whirl and let me know how it turns out.
Hope this helps.
Literally, took me just a few minutes, if not 5, to whip this syrup up. It’s gorgeous, it’s smooth, it’s very intense in Hersey’s flavor, but I like it. Thanks for sharing such a perfect recipe. 🙂
I have never liked Hershey’s syrup. I’m sure this is much better.
Your photos are fantastic!
Thanks, Lottie! I hope you come back.
beautifully composed, simply gorgeous!
How fabulous! I already have homemade raspberry sauce in my fridge, so clearly it needs a friend to keep it company…
The first thing I thought of was to scoop some good ol’ vanilla ice cream and smother it with raspberry and chocolate sauces. Sounds really good.
Great substitute for Hershey’s. My husband loves using the Hershey’s to make chocolate milk, can’t wait to surprise him with this version! Being homemade I’m sure it will be better =)
Love it… I am going to print this recipe and give it a try! Thanks for sharing.
Bookmarked! My son hauled out a stale bottle of chocolate syrup.. I can’t wait to try this one! btw great food styling in your photos, I love that you caught the chocolate drip!! xo Smidge
I will definatlly have to try this. It looks yummy… Love your photography details and how you display your products.