Okay! If you're a chocolate person, this is gonna rock your world. It is exactly like the "restaurant stuff", and is not even comparable to the Hershey's syrup, oddly enough. It's great for chocolate milk, desserts, and coffee.
The ingredients for this are crazy simple....the only thing you may have to run and get is some unsweetened cocoa powder. I use Hershey's, but you can use some fancier stuff if you have it (i.e. dutch process or whatever). I like Hershey's, it tastes great, is versatile, and you can get a monster thing of it at Sam's. :)
The only other thing you need is sugar, water, and vanilla. Pretty sure everyone has those! I'll give the amounts at the end.
Combine the sugar and water on the stove and bring to low boil over medium high heat, very much like making the simple syrup we made for the Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
add the cocoa power and salt and whisk to combine....let it boil for about another minute while whisking. (If you let it boil too long it will be more of a sundae sauce consistency and not squeezable out of a bottle).
*WARNING* It. Smells. Amazing.
Take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes on the stove.
Run it through a fine mesh sieve, just like before, to catch any sugar crystals.
You can see that the first batch I made only made a small amount. This, clearly, is not enough for me, so I made another batch right away with double the amount.
After we used what we wanted that night, this was all that was left for my bottle. So I made that other batch and it filled the bottle up. Be sure to let it cool before you put it in your plastic bottle if that's what you are using! It may seem thin at first but will thicken as it cools. I totally made this on the back burner while I was making dinner one night...it takes NO TIME at all!! It keeps in the fridge really well and squeezes right out. If you have any issues with it, you can just let it sit out for a few minutes.
This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown's chocolate sauce recipe from Food Network. These amounts can be doubled or tripled.
To make 3/4 cup:
1/3 c water
1/3 c cocoa
1/4 t vanilla extract
pinch of salt
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