Friday, March 27, 2009

Chocolate Sauce

Last year, the little guy next door was in a school play, taught Mark his song, and the two little guys ran around our houses and yards singing something to the effect of "Is it fresh, is it new, blah, blah, blah, or is it full of stuff you can't pronounce?" Well, even our junk indulgences don't have to be full of stuff we can't pronounce, do they?

I found a recipe for chocolate syrup which promised to taste just like the "name brand" syrup now appearing at your local supermarket, and my little boys assure me it lives up to that promise and then some. Best of all, there's no "stuff you can't pronounce" in it.
So feel good about feeding your children or your inner child chocolate milk and sundaes! And, best of all, do it using only the microwave and the jar in which you plan to store your chocolate syrup - no dirty dishes (except for the whisk or spoon).

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 cup hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the sugar, cocoa and salt in a jar, put the lid on, and shake to combine. Add the hot water and stir well, so there are no dry pockets in the jar. Microwave for a minute, until the sugar is dissolved, stir, and microwave for about 2 minutes more, until the mixture boils. Let it cool slightly, and add the vanilla extract. Serve hot over ice cream, or chill for use in chocolate milk.

And you can see that this really dresses up James Beard's Praline Ice Cream, at least in the opinion of the boys, although I ate mine straight, without topping.

Sinfully delicious, and as healthy as chocolate can get. Who could ask for more?


Christo Gonzales said...

so simple - it doesnt dry out or get crystally?

Naptime Seamstress said...

thank you!! I am anxious to try this recipe. I have been looking for a syrup recipe. All the ones I have tried seem to either get too runny or too thick. Or maybe it's me!!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's the coolest thing in the world! Yum! All I'd have to do is make Ben that and give him a loaf of your bread and he'd be thrilled.

Natalie Rush said...

YUMMY!! Will have to try that!

jesse said...

@_@ I so need a good, heaping spoonful... no, ladleful of that.

Paula said...

Oh, you've done it now. My family will official abandon me and head for your house! This is a great idea! Even better because I actually have all of the ingredients on hand! I suspect that mine will want their servings in both milk and as a topping! :-)

pam said...

I just made a homemade caramel sauce and it was wonderful. I am so eager to try this!

noble pig said...

Chemical free sauce? I love it.