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Chocolate Peppermint Syrup

My little girl refuses to drink milk. I’m okay with that since she’ll drink water and loves to eat cheese, smoothies, and yogurt, but kids are supposed to get lots of calcium, right? So I’d like it if she’d drink milk now and then.

I saw some organic chocolate milk at Whole Foods the other day, and it occurred to me that I could just make our own chocolate milk to get her started on a food she’s not crazy about. How easy is that, right? Chocolate syrup and milk.

Here are the ingredients in Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, as stated on their website:

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP; CORN SYRUP; WATER; COCOA; SUGAR; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE); SALT; MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES; XANTHAN GUM; POLYSORBATE 60; VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR

I was fresh out of diglycerides and polysorbate, so I went in a different direction, one that only uses four ingredients. It takes less than 10 minutes, makes 2/3 c. of syrup, and costs a lot less, too. This recipe doubles easily. I wouldn’t say that this is a “healthy” recipe, but it’s certainly healthier than store-bought – and for a special treat, I think it’s great. And it’s super easy, too.
Printable Version Here!

Chocolate Peppermint Syrup
1/3 c. water
1/3 c. sugar plus 1 T. 
1/3 c. cocoa
1/8 tsp. peppermint extract (or vanilla)
In a small sauce pan, bring 1/3 c. water to a simmer. Add 1/3 c. plus 1 T. sugar, and whisk to dissolve. Reduce heat and add 1/3 c. cocoa powder, whisking constantly to dissolve. Let the mixture thicken a little over low heat, whisking so the cocoa doesn’t burn. 
Pull the syrup off of the burner and add 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract. (Or substitute vanilla, if you prefer. Vanilla brings out chocolate’s natural flavors). 
Makes about 2/3 cup of chocolate syrup. And it’s awesome over ice cream or simply stirred into milk. And yes, she will drink milk now, as long as it’s chocolate. 
Bon App├ętit!

   

3 Responses to “Chocolate Peppermint Syrup”

  1. Nate and Molly August 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Looks yummy!! I wonder how the calorie content compares? I’m not as concerned about preservatives as I am sugar, though I suppose you could make it with as much or little as you want. The peppermint looks fun to try!

    • anne August 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Molly! I just used an online calorie calculator. If I calculated it correctly, there are 10 1 tablespoon servings in about 2/3 c, yielding 32 calories per tablespoon. Based on several website comparisons, bottled syrup has 50+ calories per tablespoon, depending on the brand.

  2. Nate and Molly August 25, 2012 at 2:57 am

    thanks! good to know! I’ll let you know when I try it. :)

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