I love finding homemade versions of things because then I don't have to leave the house when I have a craving. My husband was out of town, and the boys were tucked into bed, and I, of course, was having a massive chocolate craving. I thought of this recipe copied and stashed in my "Recipes to Try" folder.
The night I made this, I stirred it into milk to make chocolate milk. Oooooooooh baby. It got the chocolate craving all taken care of. It was a little sweeter than the good stuff in the brown squirt bottle, but I didn't mind.
Now that we've been using this for about two weeks to make chocolate milk for late night snacks, (which has saved us from the late-night Sonic runs) I think the sweetness has mellowed a bit, but you do need less than store-bought stuff.
from The Tightwad Gazette II
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the cocoa and the water in a saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve the cocoa. Add the sugar, and stir to dissolve. Boil 3 minutes. Add the salt and the vanilla. Pour into a sterilized pint jar, and store covered in refrigerator. Keeps for several months.