This week we have something simple and fun that I have always wanted to try: chocolate syrup brownies.


As a kid (and as a child-like adult) I enjoyed chocolate syrup chocolate milk and pouring the syrup on my ice cream.  But I always wondered, was the syrup chocolate-y enough on its own to make brownies?

Chocolate Syrup Brownies
Author: Kansas City Newspaper, 1960
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • one 16 oz can chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 6 T margarine
  • 6 T sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream together sugar and margarine. Add eggs, chocolate syrup, flour and nuts. Stir well.
  2. Pour into 13×9 pan (greased and floured) and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  3. For Frosting:
  4. Stir sugar, margarine and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat until sugar dissolves and bring to a full, rolling boil. Cook 30 seconds.
  5. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir well to dissolve chips and pour on cooled brownies.



Yes, they still sell syrup in 16 oz cans!



So, I was really excited when I saw that this recipe included icing. I love brownies with icing. However, on my third or fourth reading of the recipe, I realized that I was going to have a little problem.

When you cook the icing, it calls for the whole chocolate chips to be thrown into the boiled mixture to make the icing. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I have ruined a lot of chocolate chips in my life by seizing them up. Nestle brand, which I was using, is particularly prone to seizing up and ruining a good batch of icing. But, it is what the recipe called for, so I went with it.


And ended up with a slightly separated, grainy icing thanks to seized up chocolate chips. But it still tasted great. So, I would recommend either melting your chocolate chips before adding them to the icing or just add them at the beginning when everything is still cold.


You can really see how crumbly the icing is in this photo. Ah, well.


No chocolate for babies!

Tom TastesIMG_2306

“Interesting texture. These are supposed to be brownies?”

“Yes, why?”

“They taste more like cake. Good cake, but still cake.”

The Verdict: Tastes Like Cake

From The Tasting Notes:

These are good, but are very cakey. The texture is actually halfway between a cake and a cakey brownie. They are very soft, but are also moist and delicious. And they taste a LOT like chocolate syrup. If that is a taste you enjoy, then you will love these. The frosting was, not surprisingly, full of large, crunchy sugar crystals. But it still tasted good, so if you melt the chocolate chips before you toss them in everything should turn out fine.