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Tuesdays – Homemade Staples

Sometimes making something at home is just more fun.  It’s convenient to buy it prepared or packaged, but it’s easier for me to keep basic ingredients in the house and just to make our own.  Plus, that way we know all of the ingredients (for better or worse).  Some of my favorite staples are chocolate sauce, peanut butter, granola, tortillas and salad dressing.   I like making these things so that we have them on hand and they are as convenient as the store bought version but with the comfort of homemade.

To that end, here’s my basic chocolate sauce recipe.  Squeezing that brown bottle of chocolate sauce is so convenient, whether it’s a mocha flavored cup of coffee in the morning, afternoon snacks of chocolate milk or hot chocolate – chocolate sauce has that way of adding a little sweetness to the day.

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As hot chocolates go, really, the stovetop version off the back of Hershey’s Cocoa is maybe the best kind out there – way better than any packet of dried milk, cocoa and whatever else.  But, we don’t always have the time for stovetop.  Since I won’t give up the hot chocolate, or occasional cup of coffee with chocolate, my work around is to make some sauce that I can take out by the spoonful.

So take that basic stovetop recipe and just don’t add the milk.
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp

Bring to a boil and then simmer until it thickens – at least 5 minutes, as many as 15 minutes.  When you remove from heat, add 1 tsp vanilla.  Let it cool and store in the refrigerator.  Now the creative piece is you can add 1/2 tsp of mint extract for minty chocolate sauce or 1 tsp cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper for a more mexican chocolate flavor.

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To make hot chocolate, take 1 tbsp suace for 6oz (an average mug) warm milk.  Sometimes I’ll make a pot of warm milk and add more chocolate sauce.  Then of course, the girls in our house all add marshmallows!  Just make sure you enjoy!

Printable Version: Chocolate Sauce

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Homemade Staples

 

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