Basic Cocoa Syrup

We like to know what’s in our cocoa; and this syrup from "Farm Journal Thrifty Cook" takes just minutes to prepare, and blends with milk perfectly, without any grittiness.   I still like Hershey’s plain, unsweetened cocoa for good flavor.
They intended this recipe as a make-ahead for parties, but I make the smaller amount for us, that lasts us several days.   Myrna likes it with a little bit of coffee added.
Use a large enough pan, it boils up quite a bit.  It is not canned; it is just stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator until used.              

                     Basic Cocoa Syrup
10 Servings
40 Servings

½ cup
2 cups
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup
4 cups
1/16 teaspoon
¼ teaspoon
1 cup
4 cups
Boiling Water
1 teaspoon
4 teaspoons
Vanilla Extract
For One Serving
For Six Servings
Hot Cocoa
1 cup
6 cups
2 tablespoons
¾ cup
Basic Cocoa Syrup
1 ¼ Cups
1 ¼ Quart
Total Syrup

1.      Combine cocoa, sugar, sugar and salt in saucepan (a whisk works well for this).  Gradually add boiling water, stirring until mixture is smooth. (I microwave my water in the measuring cup).
2.      Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil 1 minute without stirring.
3.      Remove from heat and cool; stir in vanilla.  Pour into glass jar; cover and refrigerate until needed.
To make cocoa, heat milk until bubbles form around edges of pan.  Add Basic Cocoa Syrup, stirring until well-blended with milk.  Pour into hot mugs.   (Stir or shake the cocoa syrup before measuring into pan or cups to make sure chocolate hasn't settle to the bottom of the mixture.)
Alternately, mix as above, microwave in cups or large measuring cup, 1-2 minutes per serving or until as hot as desired.
2016 Cost:  35¢ per serving with milk
Myrna Says:
Lyle and I like this recipe a lot and often I add coffee flavoring to the syrup mixture, try about 1/8 teaspoon for the 10 servings recipe.  Frontier is the brand I buy or you could use a coffee flavored liquor if you are serving just to adults. The liquor I add to each cup when preparing it.


  1. This is Great. Hubby will appreciate this cause now he doesn't have to make a run to the grocery store to get some Hershey syrup for me seeing I needed some syrup in using in to make a cake.
    Was wondering how long this will last in the frig.

    1. I've kept it 2 weeks...the smaller amount, be sure you stir it up when you use it to keep the solids from settling to the bottom.
      It might keep longer, it just never lasts that long around here!

  2. This is great! I'm making this for our Christmas Eve celebration with the family including the grands! I love recipes you can make ahead and I'll bet everyone loves it! Thanks for another great one!

  3. Merry Christmas, both of our families enjoy this all winter...hope yours does too!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and all yours also! I am making some homemade marshmallows to go with this!

    1. I haven't made any marshmallows this year but have made them other years, They sure are better than the store bought ones.
      Should be great with the Hot Cocoa.

  5. Just made this and am having a mug of it now, very nice indeed, thanks for sharing the recipe


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