Sometimes you just don’t want to spend cash on chocolate syrup, or you forgot to pick some up, or you just want some in the middle of the night. Sometimes you want to avoid the fillers in most brands of chocolate syrup, or you want a flavor you can’t get readily. Luckily, making it is a fairly fast and quite simple project.
Swap out the mint for another extract to customize the flavor, or leave it out entirely. You could use raw sugar if you wanted but I would stick with some form of granulated sugar. I’m afraid honey or another liquid sweetener would have too strong a taste and overwhelm your syrup.
Modded very slightly from this recipe from Is This My Real Life?.
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup baking cocoa
salt (couple shakes)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp mint extract, or to taste
In a saucepan over medium heat, add cocoa, sugar, salt, and water. Bring to a light simmer and pull from heat. Mix in the extracts and store in the fridge. This batch gave me about 3 cups, but output will depend on how far down you simmer your syrup. Simmer longer for a thicker syrup but be careful-if you simmer too long you’ll end up with the beginnings of hard candy. Also, don’t bring to a boil for the same reason.
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