Monday, January 21, 2008

Condiment of the Week: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup


This weeks condiment, brought to you from my fridge, is inspired by an old duffer who lurks around my pastures from time to time. A few of us were discussing the assets of a certain celebrity, and his wonderful performance in Chocolat. Therefore, I selected Hershey's Chocolate Syrup as Condiment of the Week.

Some people might think that chocolate really doesn't qualify as a condiment, but more of a food group in itself. (Whenever Aunt Flo makes her monthly visit to my ranch, chocolate-covered anything is a staple of my diet.) However, chocolate syrup is more of a condiment because it accents the main dish. Chocolate syrup doesn't make the meal--it simply makes the meal better.

Consider the humble glass of milk. It is creamy and delicious, and definitely nutritious. But adding a few teaspoons (or 17) of chocolate syrup, and it is more than a wholesome beverage, it is an experience worth savoring. Warm that milk a bit, add some of that syrup and a dash of cinnamon on top and it is an incredible taste sensation that should be repeated again and again. The essence of the drink (both hot and cold) is the milk. Chocolate syrup simply enhances milk's succulent creaminess.

I drown vanilla ice cream with syrup and peanuts. I dip strawberries and bananas in it. I add it to brownie mix for extra-gooey yumminess. I even squirt in a little syrup in my red chili--no kidding.

There are very few desserts that don't benefit with a little chocolate syrup drizzled on top. Strangely enough, I don't like chocolate syrup on apple crisp a-la-mode. I prefer caramel sauce instead.

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup also bring memories of childhood. I remember my mother made chocolate milk for me on hot summer days. I remember my father and I pigged out on sundaes, drowned in syrup and peanuts, while watching made-for-TV movies at night. I even remember when Hershey's Chocolate Syrup was sold in a can. (Of course, not 8 lb cans as pictured to the right. Just tiny little pint-size ones.)

Plus, who could forget Messy Marvin?

13 comments:

Rybu said...

and Fat Free to boot!

Heifer said...

...sometime this week I'm going to post Betty's grandma's chocolate pan cake recipe...ummm... and That-Certain-Celeb from Chocolat...has anyone seen his latest movie?

Cowgirl Betty said...

No, afraid not. I hear he's great in it.

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Cowgirl Betty said...

Ignore the above post, folks. The blog troll has been safely sedated.

Just checking if the comment moderation is in order or not.

Gotta pay the toll, I guess.

Shinade said...

I wanted to comment on this yesterday. but it was my birthday and things were simply nuts on the net and here at home.

I love chocolate milk. But, my husbnd simply has to be the champs of all champs...he is absolutely devoted to the stuuf.

And he manages to always stay sooooo skinny!!
~Jackie

70steen said...

That little Marvin looks like a body double for the Milky Bar Kid.... :-0

Cowgirl Betty said...

I didn't realize Marvin's doppleganger was so strong and tough!
tee hee!!

(Confession: I looked up the Milky Bar Kid on youtube. Very funny.)

I wonder if there other nerdy kids peddling chocolate in various countries in the world. I wonder if they hold conventions, and what they talk about. Hmmm . . .

70steen said...

yes and 'only the best is good enough, the creamiest milk the whitest bar the goodness that's in Milky Bar !! (don't you just love You Tube lol)& oh how brain washed was I with that saying lol
These nerdy guys will be peddling their wares all over the place today talking about the colours of chocolate and how they had a tough life as kid etc :-) (but I bet they got a few $'s & £'s along the way )

Kimchihead said...

Messy Marvin! I remember him! I wonder where he is now. :-D

Cowgirl Betty said...

Perhaps he and the Milky Bar Kid went on a rampage, handing out Pop Rocks and RC Cola to unsuspecting youth--only to leave stomach 'splosions in their wake . . . starting with Mike (he eats everything).

Onknees (not_onknees at the moment) said...

Well, I have to confess that chocolate was not my favorite food group growing up...but....then I hit menopause (notice how many of our problems start with the letters "men"? Anyway....I have become a chocolate coinasseur (is that spelled right?) but still love jusy a ice cold glass of milk and hersheys syrup....its the best

Anonymous said...

WE love the product--used since i was small-now grandchildren---however --can't stand the new top-pop off-it fall back under syrup as you squeez--and easly breaks off-hard to keep clean-PLZ go back to the twist cap !!!!!!