I am a chocolate lover! Chocolate ice cream, chocolate milk, chocolate gravy, the list could go on. Whoever said, "Chocolate makes everything better" was on to something. Believe it or not, chocolate is GOOD for you. What is not good for you is all the sugar and additives that are included in all the tasty, chocolaty treats that are on the market.
HONEY SWEETENED CHOCOLATE SAUCE
An amazing substitute for store brand chocolate syrup.
Several years ago, I stopped buying Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. It was our staple for making chocolate milk and topping ice cream. Sadly, it is full of sugar and additives, things that we have cut way back on. I knew making homemade chocolate syrup would be possible, because I make Chocolate Gravy for biscuits. The two are very similar in making with a few differences.
When we returned from our trip with twenty pounds of honey, I knew I would be incorporating more honey by reducing the usage of sugar in my cooking. My BIG test with honey was making a chocolate sauce. Since this recipe doesn't really get thick like my syrup recipe, I think of it as a sauce instead of a syrup. Although, you could had a little thickener to the sauce to have more of a syrup. Saucy or syrupy either way it is so good.
I found this recipe HERE after searching if it was possible to make chocolate syrup using honey instead of sugar. I was excited about finding it and I knew I had to give it a try. I was a little leery while making this because I didn't want it to have the honey taste. The first thing I made with the syrup was chocolate milk. I knew if I was going to taste the honey, it would be in the milk. Yep, there was NO hint of honey in my milk. In fact, this glass tied with the best tasting chocolate milk I have had. The other best tasting chocolate milk came from a dairy in Florida when we visited St. Augustine years ago.
I did make a couple of changes to the recipe the second time I made this, like adding an extra ⅛ of a cup of cocoa ~ what can I say, we love chocolate. Another thing I changed was the amount of water from 1 cup to ¾ cup to help thicken it a little.
1 ¾ cup + ⅛ cup cocoa
1 ⅓ cup honey
¾ cup water
⅛ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
In a pan combine cocoa, honey, water, and salt. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Store in a sealed contain in the refrigerator.