The only negative I can really think of is the alarming number of dirty dishes I can generate during a cooking marathon. I've started to take care of that problem by brain-washing my two-year-old son into thinking dishes are a super fun privilege he gets to help with.
Next up on the processed food chopping block: chocolate syrup. Now we'll never have to buy a bottle of too-expensive, cocoa-flavored corn syrup ever again!
What you need:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup sugar
- sprinkle of salt
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla (oops, I left this out of my cute ingredient pic)
Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. If you need to, reduce heat to low. You want your syrup gently simmering, not boiling. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until thickening. Stir every few minutes so it doesn't burn to the bottom of the pan.
|Too many bubbles = burnt. Too few = takes forever to thicken|