Since we are starting a sustainable organic farm, I feel it is necessary to cut out processed foods as much as possible from our diets. I used to think that making food from scratch was time consuming, expensive and just wasn't worth it because it wouldn't taste as good. Thankfully, this is not the case! It ends up being cheaper, tastier, and much healthier. Although I would not call this a health food, I think it makes a great treat! Perfect in a cold or hot glass of milk or over some yummy vanilla ice cream.
Last week I ran out of store brand chocolate syrup and didn't want to spend the money to buy more, plus when I looked at the ingredients on the back, I knew we shouldn't be eating it. There was so many ingredients and I could not pronounce most of them. I take that as sign not to eat it. I remembered I had pinned a recipe on Pinterest (love it for recipes and great gardening tips) that was simple and quick. I decided to try it out. It tastes just like the store bought name brand syrup! The fact that it contained 5 ingredients that I have in the cupboard made me a happy girl!
If you want to make your own, check it out here or I've added it below as well. If you click the link they break down the cost for you and have a video showing how to make it. When I make it next time I think I will boil it longer, it was a bit runny for my taste, maybe it will thicken up over time (update: I boiled it for about 8 minutes and it was much thicker and better consistency in my opinion, but this does make it almost fudge-like).
- 1/2 cup cocoa, packed
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
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