Welcome to the first of many of a new segment we call Kids Clean Up! It is here that I research, attempt and review clean recipes for all the foods our kids are begging for that are full of gross chemicals, additives, colorings, flavorings, fake food products.
Up first is a tasty item that my kids ask for all the time. They want to be like everyone else and have chocolate milk. I have to admit, I very fondly remember squeezing the chocolate sauce bottle into my milk as a kid. Pouring it in until my mom hollered “that’s too much!” Then stirring it up until the white milk turned that pretty tan color. When I asked my kids if they’d like to help me make chocolate syrup for chocolate milk, they about fell over. It was worth getting off the couch!
I also chose chocolate syrup because it’s a pretty easy clean recipe, and I don’t want to psych any of us out with labor intensive duties right off the bat. We’ll save that irritation for making clean Twinkies some other time. And chocolate syrup is so versatile! I mean we are going to need this component to tackle banana splits one of these days.
The ingredient list for the classic Hershey’s Syrup – “Genuine” Chocolate Flavor is well, gross. Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Cocoa, Sugar, Contains 2% or less of Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Mono- and Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Vanillin, Artificial Flavor
So let’s not eat that any more, okay?? I chose to try the clean recipe “Real Food Chocolate Syrup” from Hands On Learning 4 All because it is do-able with a short ingredient list. But did it work? Was it good? And did the kids approve?
Just cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla thinned with a little water! [For exact measurements the Hands On Learning 4 All people have requested that you click onto their site (you can do that through the recipe link).]
We found the recipe makes a little over a cup of syrup. Two teaspoons of syrup in 8 – 12oz of milk was the right amount for our chocolate milk. Any kind of milk can be flavored (rice, almond, soy, coconut)! My only recommendation would be to serve it chilled.
CLEAN CHOCOLATE SYRUP IS A GO!! This recipe is a total winner! It was absolutely as good (better?!) than the Hershey’s original (if memory serves) and SO easy to make. This is a great place to get some nasty chemicals out of your kids’ little bodies and still allow them a treat.
ADULT MAKEOVER: You could kick this syrup up a notch by adding in a few drops of almond extract or peppermint extract. Just think of the cocktail/mocktail possibilities of clean chocolate syrup.
What’s next? So many things to choose from! I’ve got a clean “Magic Shell” recipe queued up for this weekend – if it works, I will be a rock star mama around here for a while. I think in honor of summer we might take on s’mores soon. That’s going to be more work, but we get to learn to make marshmallows, and that is just RAD!
Feel free to let me know the foods your kids are begging for, so we can clean them up!