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.   We like Hershey’s plain, unsweetened cocoa for good flavor.
They intended this recipe as a make-ahead for parties, but we 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
1 1/4 cups
40 Servings
1 1/4 quart
Total Syrup
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.      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.
2019 Cost:  35¢ per serving with milk
Myrna Says:
  My Favorite way to use this cocoa mix is simple to make and you can vary it with how ever much coffee you want.
 1. About ¼ of your cup of already made coffee
 2. Stir in 2 Tablespoons of cocoa mix
 3. Add milk or ½ and ½ to top of cup. 
 4. Stir to mix and heat in Micro for a great Mocha drink. 

 5. Optional: Top with whipped cream and drizzle some chocolate syrup over       the whipped  cream

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