Recipe by stuartbuck
This recipe comes from my grandparents, who were Arkansas farmers. Hands down better than the sugar-water model (i.e., Hershey's). The reason that a good chocolate bar tastes better than a mouthful of cocoa powder is because of the fat in it. Good chocolate needs "mouth feel," and that's what the butterfat in this recipe provides.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 -4 tablespoons cocoa powder (depending on how rich you want it to be)
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla
- 1 (15 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 cups of pure cream (again, depending on how rich you want it to be)
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix the cocoa powder, pinch of salt, and the sugar together evenly. Stir in the condensed milk (or half-and-half or cream, whichever one you choose to use). Put in a pan or double boiler along with the butter, and turn on the heat to medium. Bring to boil for a minute or so (the butter will obviously have melted by now). Be sure to stir constantly, or else it will get scorched on the bottom.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool. As the syrup is cooling down, stir in the teaspoon of real vanilla (hopefully you don't even have any artificial vanilla in the kitchen).
- Great on ice cream, but this stuff is delicious enough to eat straight. (The site is making me specify "servings" below, but don't pay any attention to that number. There's no such thing as a standard "serving" of chocolate syrup. If you're like me, you'll eat half a cup straight in one serving; if you're more restrained, you might put a few tablespoons on a scoop of ice cream.).