February is the perfect month to talk all things chocolate! As a matter of face, I propose we rename Valentine’s Day “Chocolate Day”, since that’s the best part! Even though I’ve never had a big sweet tooth, I’ve always been a fan of chocolate! And apparently passed that onto The Maestro, who loves his chocolate milk especially!
As a matter of fact, most Sunday mornings I can find my husband and son at the table, each with a mug. Hubby’s has his precious coffee, and my son has his precious chocolate milk. The picture is adorable, and also made me realize exactly what is in most chocolate syrups they sell in the store, plus how expensive it is. So I decided to see if I could find a way to make my own syrup that was just as good as the store bought.
And I did! This syrup is rich, smooth and has a depth that comes from adding cinnamon. Don’t worry! You won’t taste the cinnamon, but it does bring out the smoky taste in the chocolate. If you don’t like a darker chocolate taste, omit it and it will taste more like the traditional store-bought syrups.
This recipe is great because it thickens, but doesn’t harden, which makes it perfect to make ahead and keep on hand. I store mine in a squeeze bottle in the fridge, but you can also use a mason jar or any other container. So gather your ingredients and let’s get chocolatey!
Sweet and Simple Chocolate Syrup
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
In a saucepan, mix the water and sugar and dissolve over medium heat. Add the salt and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla and stir until blended. Keep the heat on low while the sauce thickens, then remove from heat.
Let the sauce cool, then transfer to a bottle or jar and store in the fridge. This syrup can be used to mix with milk, top ice cream and so much more! I would advise using it within four weeks, if it lasts that long!
Enjoy and happy Chocolate Month!