Uh oh, it's Valentine's Day again. Did you forget? You don't want to go home to your special someone and admit that you spaced out. But how can you make this day a special one he or she will love, with only a moment's notice?
I'll tell you. Chocolate syrup!
Chocolate syrup can make an ordinary day extra special for your special someone. Use this syrup to adorn sundaes, thicken it up to make a dipping sauce for fruit, or make your significant other the best cup of cocoa they've ever had.
Start with a large sauce pot. You'll look at the ingredients list and think you're safe with a small pot, but trust me. A medium- or large-sized pot is your friend. Once the sauce is boiling, it bubbles, and you don't want a hot, sugary chocolate mess all over your stove.
If you were planning on adding other flavorings, now would be the time. Liqueurs or other extracts (like almond or citrus) would be nice. Or you could use actual citrus zest and a little juice.
Once your sauce has cooled a bit, you can pour it into whatever container you like. I poured some into a squeeze bottle and some into a small, widemouth jar (I'm planning on sharing with our neighbors.) The sauce will thicken as it cools. I can't wait until it cools--I'm looking forward to a glass of chocolate milk later today!
Recipe: Chocolate Syrup For Your Sweetie
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 c. water
1 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large pot, combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt, water, and corn syrup. Whisk together. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Let boil for 4 minutes (longer, if a thicker sauce is desired.) Remove sauce from heat and add vanilla.