After way more procrastination than is necessary (hmm... am I seeing a pattern here?), I finally managed to make my own chocolate syrup!
Can I just say...wow!!??
I would have done this a long time ago if I had only known. In the end, inspired by a concern about some of the ingredients in Hershey's chocolate syrup, in addition to its less than stellar quality of chocolate taste, I found this recipe: Annie's Eats DIY Chocolate Syrup.
You have to go look at it to believe how easy it is.
Not only that -- it tastes like real chocolate -- rich, deep, sweet (but not too sweet), and not even slightly metallic. And for a 20-minute time investment (most of which is not too intensely supervised)?
I am only too happy to say...see ya store-bought chocolate syrup (or maybe not)!
P.S. I would post a picture of its beautiful, dark, delicious beauty in its super-cute glass bottle, but... I left my camera in New Hampshire (a story for another day). So go look at Annie's Eats if you want to make your mouth water. Believe me, it will.