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My son, A.J., really wanted some ice cream today, but the only ice cream I’d let him have is just plain old vanilla (and no sugar added, too). He really, really wanted to smother it with some Hershey’s chocolate syrup. I didn’t have any. I buy it occasionally (maybe once or twice a year), and when it’s gone, it’s gone. There’s no telling when I’ll buy it again. So it’s interesting that he would latch onto the idea of Hershey’s syrup like a dog with a stick.
I could have told him, “Tough luck, sweetheart,” but I didn’t. I decided to be “nice” mom today and turned to my friend, Google, to find a knock-off recipe online. I found one on food.com (here) and tried it out. I followed the recipe exactly as written, so I’m not going to post it here. Feel free to follow the link if you have a hankering for chocolate syrup.
It took less than 10 minutes from start to finish, so it was super simple to make. I was a bit worried after making the syrup, because it was a lot thinner than Hershey’s syrup from the store. (Next time I’ll simmer it a little longer to let it thicken up.) But, once I tasted it, I could not tell one lick of difference between it and the original. I give it an A+ for flavor and a B for similarity in consistency.
Plus, it’s much less expensive than the Hershey’s syrup I buy at the store which goes for about $3 for a 24 ounce bottle. It made about 12 ounces of syrup and cost me a grand total of 66 cents! 42 cents for the cocoa, 16 cents for the sugar, 7 cents for the vanilla, and less than 1 cent for both the salt and the water. So, it costs me $1.32 for 24 ounces of the homemade knock-off Hershey’s syrup. I’m pretty happy about that! I can save money AND get my chocolate fix. Win-win!
Sound like something you want to make? Take a gander at my photo step-by-step to learn how.
One thing I really loved about making this syrup is that it didn’t require any special equipment. Just a spoon, a pan, a measuring cup, and a measuring spoon. Very few dirty dishes + delicious chocolate = happy me.
After seeing how easy this is, will you make it?