Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Why do You Run?

Great Grandma Helen’s Chocolate Syrup

Have I mentioned that my husband is a marathon runner?

He probably wouldn't tell you himself unless it came up in conversation. He is too humble for that. This accomplishment is one of the many things that I love about him.

His reason for running....

"...because I can".

And if you ask me if I will be joining him in this personal journey of new distances and times beat, my reply will be…

“I only run if it's raining or I am being chased”.

However, I will join my Mr. Marathon for an after run snack.

And according to runners, drinking chocolate milk and eating a banana after a run is really good for you.


It helps replenish the nourishment that the body has lost during the run.

Maybe I should rethink my stance on not running.


This leads me to this month’s Great Dollar Store Challenge. When I was chosen as a co-host, I knew right away which dessert I would make.

This isn't a dessert on its own. 

However, once you make this,
you will never want store bought chocolate syrup again.


The only rules for this challenge….at least half of the ingredients had to be from The Dollar Store.

I found all of them except for the cocoa. I searched....for a long time. I wanted to get all of the ingredients there, but some things are just not so.

Great Grandma Helen’s Chocolate Syrup Recipe


½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
A small palm full of salt {small}

To make:

Use a tall pan and put in the cocoa powder and cold water
Stir over direct medium heat until cocoa is dissolved

Add 2 cups of sugar

Bring to a rolling boil and let it continue to boil for 5 minutes and continually stir.

{It will rise to the top of the pan while boiling. Take it off the heat if needed until it goes down and then return it to the heat. I had to do this many times.}

Take pan off heat after 5 minutes of boiling and add salt and vanilla.

Store in the refrigerator.

*If it is stored for a long period of time the syrup may need to be dissolved again before using. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat as needed.

This syrup is amazing in milk, but it is doubly amazing on frozen yogurt.

I will leave the running to my husband.

The chocolate syrup...that is all me! 

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A special thank you to my Great Grandma Helen {may she continue to rest in peace}...this is her recipe. I do not know if it is original to her, but in our family it will forever be known as her syrup.

Also, a special thank you to Barbara from The Everyday Home, for letting me co-host this month's challenge!

This month's co-hosts are:
Sondra Lyn at Sondra Lyn at Home
Please visit each of these blogs for some great dessert ideas, as well.
Now it's your turn.
**Please make sure you link back to The Everyday Home
or one of the co-host blogs.**
** Please make sure at least half of your ingredients came
from The Dollar Store.**
Thanks for sharing your sweets!



  1. This sounds delicious -- poured over ice cream, stirred in a glass of milk, spooned right out of the jar into my mouth!

    I think I'll make some of this soon and give my son the treat of some delicious homemade chocolate milk.

    So happy to be cohosting with you.

    1. Thank you, Amy! I have been known to eat it straight out of the jar. Shhh, don't tell anyone! ;)

  2. It's fun to be co-hosting with you! This sounds amazing!! I love anything chocolate... and if it can go over ice cream, all the better!!

    1. Thank you, Sondra! Chocolate is my weakness. It's fun to co-host with all of you gals too!

  3. I LOVE that you can make this without all the preservatives and bad-for-you chemical stuff. And I bet you can keep it in the fridge for quite a while. I am saving this to make as gifts. Perfect. THanks for joining me this month as a co-host.

    1. Thank you, Barb! This will actually last for a long time in the fridge {well, if it isn't eaten first}! Thank you for having me...this was a fun challenge!

  4. Trina -- my Dad would have loved this! Any excuse for ice cream. Heck, I love any excuse for ice cream. I think co-hosting the Dollar Store Challenge is an excuse for ice cream and chocolate sauce, don't you?

  5. I would take up running for a bowl of that ice cream!

    xo, Tanya

  6. How yummy! I'll take some on mine too please! Great job! ~Tammy

    1. Thanks, Tammy! It is so easy. And although it doesn't show it in the photo, after the syrup cools off it gets thicker which totally adds to the yumminess!


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