We use a lot of chocolate syrup. Although I am pretty sure any sugar you use is not so fabulous, somehow I feel better when it's not filled with high fructose corn syrup. This homemade syrup fits the bill, and packs a good chocolate punch!
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Adapted from Annie's Eats
1¼ cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 cup water
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cocoa powder and whisk briefly to break up chunks of cocoa. Stir in the water and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Store in the refrigerator.