Edible Gift Recipe: Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

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On a recent oil and vinegar tasting, my sister went wild for a chocolate balsamic vinegar. It had a sweet, tangy, and slightly bitter taste. And it made me want to make some for her as a gift (and a little for myself, too!). Here's how:

You can start with an inexpensive balsamic vinegar. Just cook it until it is reduced by half and has become thick enough to coat the pan. The rest is quite simple, producing a special vinegar that's thick, slightly creamy, and perfect for drizzling over ice cream or warm fruit.

Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Yields 16 fl. oz., or (4) 4 oz. gift bottles

For the balsamic vinegar (yields 1 cup)
2 cups balsamic vinegar

For the chocolate syrup (yields 1 cup)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the balsamic vinegar
Reduce the vinegar by half (from 2 cups to 1 cup) over low heat. This will take approximately 20 minutes, stirring often. The vinegar will thicken and coat its pan. Set aside to cool once reduced. If you start with a better balsamic vinegar, you can skip this step and simply use 1 cup of balsamic straight from the bottle.

For the chocolate syrup
Dissolve sugar and salt into water. Bring to a boil in a small sauce pan. Reduce the heat to low and add cocoa, stirring until a syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside to cool.

Once completely cooled, mix the vinegar and chocolate syrup thoroughly and divide among four 4 oz. sterile glass bottles. I corked the bottles shut and hand-printed labels on adhesive strips to stick on over the top of each bottle for gift-giving.

Related: Recipe Review: Improvisational Cherry Vinegar

(Images: Regina Yunghans)

Per serving, based on 2 servings. (% daily value)
Calories
489
Fat
3.9 g (6%)
Saturated
2.3 g (11.6%)
Carbs
110.3 g (36.8%)
Fiber
9.5 g (38.1%)
Sugars
88.8 g
Protein
6.9 g (13.7%)
Sodium
360.8 mg (15%)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.