It is being called "Snowtober" by the local news. A wild early winter storm that left it's mark here in New England. We were without power for 100 hours and there are many around us who are still waiting for the power to come back on. This is just a glimpse of some of the damage in our yard.
All the snow (almost a foot!) put us in the mood for some hot chocolate. While I love the powdered mix (a recipe I will be sharing soon), my favorite hot chocolate is made with milk and chocolate syrup. One of the things I dislike about store bought chocolate syrup is they are mostly made with corn syrup, something we try to avoid in our house. Here is a quick and easy recipe with just a few ingredients!
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla
Place cocoa powder, sugar, salt and water in med. saucepan. Whisk together to combine. Bring to a boil over med. heat, boil for 3 minutes*, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
*if a thicker syrup is desired, boil for 5 minutes.
To make a thick fudge sauce, after 5 minutes of boiling, turn the heat to low. Add 6 Tbsp. of butter or margarine and cook until thick, shiny and smooth. Add 1-2 tsp. vanilla, to taste.
Tomorrow I will share one of my favorite recipes using the homemade chocolate syrup--think chocolate syrup, cherries and whipped cream!!!