Turn This Classic Childhood Drink Into a Decadent, Chocolatey Treat

BY Olivia Mack McCool, TIMEJanuary 30, 2022 PRINT

A cold glass of chocolate milk is hard to beat. Sure, you can buy a bottle of the pre-made stuff or even chocolate syrup. But for the chocolate milk enthusiast looking to level up, this recipe is for you. It makes a big batch of seriously delicious chocolate syrup that can be kept on hand for whenever a craving for your favorite childhood beverage strikes. And it’s leaps and bounds better than the store-bought stuff.

How to Make Chocolate Milk

This chocolate milk is made by mixing a homemade chocolate syrup into a cold glass of milk. The syrup comes together quickly in a saucepan and is decanted into a lidded jar that will live in the refrigerator until you’re ready to whisk it into the milk.

What to Make With Chocolate Milk

A glass of chocolate milk straight-up is a treat in itself. But it’s also great poured into either hot coffee or iced coffee, and it really elevates a milk-and-cookies moment.

Breaking It Down

This chocolate milk has very simple ingredients.

The syrup: The syrup is made from granulated sugar, water, Dutch-process cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a little bit of salt.

The milk: The ever-important milk is the last ingredient. You can choose any kind of milk your heart desires. Just know that the more fat content, the creamier your chocolate milk will be.

Chocolate Milk

Serves 16 (Makes about 2 cups)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cold milk, for serving

Place the sugar, water, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and kosher salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is smooth, 2 to 4 minutes. The syrup will coat the back of the spoon and will thicken as it cools.

Transfer the syrup into a jar with a lid and let cool, uncovered. Refrigerate for up to three months.

To make a glass of chocolate milk, place 1 1/2 cups milk and 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup in a glass and stir until combined. Enjoy!

Recipe Note: Rewarm syrup slightly in the microwave to loosen before using.

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