Copy Cat Hershey’s homemade chocolate syrup is a thick, glossy, opulent but affordable luxury that’s easily made with a just few pantry items.
According to the calendar, Spring is a mere week away and yet the forecast promises temperatures on the 45th Parallel to hover right around the point of freezing on that day.
Happy Spring indeed!
While I’m not thrilled about the prospect of another month of snow on the ground, I’m also not one to dwell on things I cannot change. I mean, I can’t control the weather any more than I can control the amount of clothing that seems to reproduce like rabbits in my laundry bins. I know my limitations!
So rather than gripe about having to put on another sweater to avoid developing frostbite, I opt for taking a proactive approach to battling the cold.
I subscribe to the Add Chocolate Syrup to All the Things kind of approach when dealing with an inordinately long, cold winter. I’m practical like that. My family goes through a respectable amount of chocolate syrup year ’round, but our consumption increases dramatically when the cold weather hits. During the snowy months, it doesn’t matter if my boys are out in the snow for hours, or if they just ran out for a minute to fetch the mail–when they come in from the cold, they always want to warm up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.
After the cold weather abates, they switch to chocolate milk for refreshment. I like to drizzle a little homemade chocolate syrup into smoothies to mask the spinach or any other vegetables that might be lurking in the blender. Chocolate syrup is also wonderful when poured over a perfect slice of cheesecake, or oozing over a scoop of toffee ice cream. Obviously.
It’s like I always say, “When in doubt, add chocolate syrup!” No, really! I do say that because a dribble of chocolate syrup makes almost anything better.
Given the volume of chocolate syrup that my household can consume in any given season, it just makes sense to make it myself. I like that fact that I’m controlling the ingredients, and can add a little extra flair to the mix. There isn’t any high fructose corn syrup in my pantry, nor does my Homemade Chocolate Syrup contain any. Just real cocoa, real sugar, real vanilla bean extract, a little dark corn syrup, and and a touch of instant espresso powder to really drive that deep, dark chocolaty flavor home.
It’s that homemade richness that can bring comfort and joy to any day, regardless of the weather.
Here’s the recipe so that you can make yourself a batch of comforting, homemade chocolate syrup!