In an effort to eat a little healthier/know what we are eating, I found a few recipes and decided to make our own chocolate syrup. My husband is a chocolate milk fiend and I am a hot cocoa fiend, so I thought this would be a good processed product to start making at home. I have tried two recipes so far.
Here is the #1 recipe I tried: http://savingcommoncents.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-chocolate-syrup.html. The first time I made I followed the recipe exactly and boiled it for a long time (because it does not say how long in the recipe) making it very fudgey. The second time I made it I cut the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. The third time I made it I used coconut sugar. I think the best results were the third results because coconut sugar has more to offer than regular sugar and it was a good thickness.
The #2 recipe is this one: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-chocolate-syrup/. This recipe was very simple and I used coconut sugar in it. I also added salt like in the first recipe. The result was a very thick, strong syrup.
The verdict: I like first and third version of the #1 recipe best. The #2 recipe was too bitter for my liking and was really only good for hot cocoa. The first recipe is good for hot cocoa, chocolate milk, ice cream, etc. I enjoy the thick consistency, but the more syrupy recipe is better for chocolate milk.