Last night Rhiannon asked for some chocolate milk. I went into the fridge to procure the jar of milk and then into the cupboard to obtain Ovaltine.
The container of Ovaltine was empty! How do you reason with a toddler when Mommy just twenty seconds ago promised you a glass of chocolate milk, but now she can no longer give you any? Those big eyes just tear a hole through you.
So I was on a quest. After quickly tearing apart the cupboard looking for any "hidden" stash of Ovaltine and not finding anything but hot cocoa mix (does NOT work in cold milk.....trust me), I ran to the computer to look up a homemade recipe for chocolate milk powder.
Although there didn't seem to be any suitable powdered recipes, I did find a chocolate syrup recipe that would work great in cold milk.
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/4 Cup Water
Dump everything into a pot and bring to a boil for about 3 minutes, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn on the bottom. Let cool and pour into container; I used two pint jars. Store in fridge.
So in less than twenty minutes, we had our glasses filled with chocolate milk. And all was right in Rhiannon's universe.
I always have cocoa and sugar on hand. So not only am I saving money (that jar of Ovaltine costs close to $5) but it's one less product I have to buy and one less container I have to recycle or find a use for.
Technically there was nothing necessary about this, nor did I personally invent anything, but the saying still holds true. And now I'm thinking about how good that chocolate syrup will taste on ice cream!