Chocolate milk is a childhood staple for so many people. Not only is it a sweet treat that feels so delicious and mischievous, but it also just plain tastes good too. That said, what is the number one of this American staple that reigns supreme above the rest? What is the one sweet treat beverage which rises above the rest and can claim a spot on the throne as the best chocolate milk that you can get your hands one? What is the chocolate milk to rule them all? Well, believe it or not, it’s the one that you make yourself! If you can find it, chocolate milk is something that you can make at home without the hassle and bustle of having to go to the store and choose for yourself. So here are a few ways that you can get your hands on the best of the best guaranteed to your liking.
Getting the Ingredients
The first thing that you’re going to have to figure out is just how much money you’re willing to drop for this fantastic experience. Sure, technically, you could make chocolate milk with just some regular milk and Hersey’s syrup, but at that point, you might as well just have gone to the store without thinking about it and bought your own. No, if you’re going to do this, you’re going to do this right. Pick up some good organic whole milk, and the favorite chocolate of your choosing. You’re also going to want a few spices like vanilla bean and perhaps cinnamon if you’re going to take it a bit further. Maybe cocoa powder as well. You want something that’s high grade with few additives, though I’m certainly not going to be one to stop you if you’re going to add in a bit of raspberry jam with your delightful concoction, for your first go at this it’s probably best to keep it simple. Another plus side to making your chocolate milk at home is that you’ll be able to have it lactose-free if you are vegan or lactose intolerant. Also, the fact that you’ll know exactly what goes into it is a plus too.
Figuring out the Recipe
So the first thing you have to do is make the chocolate milk syrup, this is probably the hardest part you will do, but after you’ve made a full batch, you’ll have enough to last you for a while, just so long as you keep it fresh in your fridge. Now this recipe can be as complicated and involved or hands-off and relaxed as you like it, but the main thing you’re going to want to keep in mind is that this is going to be suited to your tastes, so be sure to taste it as you go. Yes, you can lick to spoon. Licking the spoon to taste as you go is encouraged, be sure not to double-dip. Another thing to keep in mind during this step is the additives. Perhaps you were to add a bit of coffee into the mix and make it into mocha syrup. Maybe you could add a bit of caramel and get a swirl in that. The possibilities are really up to you.
Putting it Together
So you’ve made your chocolate milk syrup, congrats! Now all you need to do is mix a bit into a cold glass of milk, and you’re done. It’s that simple. And that’s not including all the other things you can use your new-found talent for making chocolate syrup. You can have your ice cream sundaes, and you can add it to popcorn for a sweet and healthy snack, you could add it to hot chocolate, make a Nutella like spread out of it. Seriously, people underestimate just how versatile it can be to make your chocolate syrup and have it around for whenever you want it. Not to mention this is an excellent practice for all those trying to get into cooking at the moment but don’t want to waste too much money on expensive ingredients in fear of messing anything up with money being so tight as it is.
Of course, there are a few caveats to it. Suppose you don’t want the trouble of making your chocolate syrup at home. Especially right now, when things are a little weird in the world, it can feel much better not to worry about putting a handful of things on your shopping list when you could take what it is off of the supermarket shelf and not have to deal with it. So if that’s something you’re interested here is a brand that I highly recommend, especially if you’ve never had them before: Cadbury’s. Yes, you heard right, that chocolate Easter bunny company with the squawking bunny commercial has some fantastic chocolate milk mix. However, the reason you’ve probably never heard of this before is since Cadbury’s is based in England rather than America. So a lot of their products aren’t put on the market here like it is over there. Even so, if you ever have the chance to try some Cadbury’s chocolate milk, I recommend it.
When it comes down to chocolate milk, it’s just one of those things that are up to your personal preference. If you prefer Hersey’s syrup stirred into a glass of milk because of that sweet nostalgia factor, then that’s what you like, and I encourage you to enjoy it. If you’re looking for a way to expand your horizons and make it at home just for yourself, then that’s also good as well. If you’re looking for a quick middle ground between the two in something that you can easily pull off the shelf, but don’t want to have to go through the trouble of making, then no one is going to stop you either. At the end of the day, though, I’m sure we can all agree that nothing truly beats a refreshing, sweet, and delightfully cold glass of chocolate milk.