For most people who know me, they know that I have a big sweet tooth. I was craving jelly beans this weekend but I knew that I was going to be making some chocolate goodies so I had to stay away. The Dairy Queen is also my addiction. I honestly believe that I am addicted to sugar. For one or two weeks this spring I decided to go on a low sugar diet. I didn’t want anything with refined sugar like cupcakes, doughnuts or candy. I was very good during this time frame, but I still just craved the goodies. I knew that if I was to break down I would go on a chocolate/candy binge. This was right before vacation, so let me tell you it didn’t last long. I haven’t tried the low sugar diet since then, but I do know that it will require lots of determination.
One of the chocolate treats I made this weekend was chocolate syrup. There is nothing like a good chocolate drizzle on your favorite fruit, or ice cream. This was quite easy for the amount that it made. And pretty cheap. This is also a great gift for all of your foodie friends.
1 + 1/2 C water
1 C sugar
1/3 C cocoa powder
1/2 C chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1. In a saucepan on medium low heat, add cocoa powder to water and whisk together.
2. Stir in sugar and mix until dissolved.
3. Add chocolate chips and salt and stir until chocolate chips are melted. Add in vanilla extract.
4. Bring mixture to low boil and stir frequently. Boil down for approximately 30 minutes.
5. Store in the fridge.
If you store it in a cute glass container like in the photo, you have an instant gift. Just attach a gift card to the metal clasp and you are done.