Finding things for the kids can be a bit difficult. I discovered a gallon of milk that needed to be used up right away. Something happened and the rotation got messed up. The best way to get the kids to down a gallon of milk in a single day is to make chocolate milk. Only I didn't have chocolate syrup so I needed to improvise and make my own homemade chocolate syrup. Why make your own homemade chocolate syrup Making homemade chocolate syrup allowed me to save another trip out of the house to hunt some down. I hadn't thought to stock any ahead of time. Another great reason to make your own chocolate syrup is that you can control what is in it, Using higher quality cocoa like the Ghirardelli cocoa powder I had in the house from a sale I found on Amazon a couple of months ago. This is a great way to reduce the chemicals in your family's diet. You can even use alternative sweeteners for your family's needs. What you need to make chocolate syrup Making chocolate syrup is easy and doesn't take a lot of ingredients. Just simple clean staples. 1\/3 cup cocoa powder2\/3 cup sugar or equivalent sweetener1\/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract1\/2 cup water How to make homemade chocolate syrup Making your own chocolate syrup is easy and doesn't dirty a lot of dishes. I made enough to make a full gallon of chocolate milk but you can easily multiply this recipe if you need more. Place your dry ingredients into a saucepan. Add vanilla extract and water. Turn on low heat. Whisk until blended and lumps have dissolved. Simmer do not boil. Why add salt to chocolate syrup? A lot of people ask why salt is added to chocolate syrup. This may seem odd but adding a tiny bit of salt helps to bring out the sweetness without having to add a ton more sugar. What kind of cocoa do you use in homemade chocolate syrup? This can be made with any powdered cocoa you have on hand. For the classic taste use Hershey's. You can always step things up and use premium Ghirardelli chocolate like we did which would make an amazing ice cream topping. No ice cream? Make your own no-churn ice cream.