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Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup is made with just 5 simple ingredients and is perfect for topping ice cream and other desserts, making chocolate milk and a whole lot more!

Velvety smooth, glossy, sweet, rich and perfectly chocolaty, the flavor of this chocolate syrup made from cocoa powder is so good that, once you try it, you may never go back to the grocery store kind ever again!

Plus, you’ll love that you know exactly what’s in it and, maybe more importantly, what’s not. There’s no high-fructose corn syrup here or any other stuff that maybe you can’t pronounce or aren’t familiar with.

It’s less expensive too, so you’ll save money by making it at home.

That’s a win-win-win to me!

So, when I was a kid, one of my favorite pre-bedtime treats was a small bowl of vanilla or chocolate ice cream topped with Hershey’s syrup. I also enjoyed dipping bananas into it as an after-school snack.

I still enjoy both, but now I make my own homemade version of chocolate syrup instead. It’s like Hershey’s…BUT EVEN BETTER!

Plus, it’s very quick and easy to make.

All of the ingredients are pantry staples that you probably already keep on hand (plus some water), and the syrup comes together in 10 minutes or less. Then you just have to wait for it to cool and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Chocolate Syrup vs Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate syrup is generally made with water and does not have any added dairy or fat. As such, the consistency is on the thinner side.

Besides being great for drizzling on ice cream and other desserts, chocolate syrup pours easily straight from the fridge and quickly incorporates into cold liquids like milk or iced coffee.

Hot fudge sauce (or chocolate sauce), on the other hand, is made with milk or cream and butter, which makes it much more thick, so it usually needs to be heated before serving. We’ll make this one another time!

I use less water in my chocolate syrup – about half the amount you might find in other recipes – which helps to make this version slightly thicker and to keep the chocolate flavor a little more intense.

easy homemade chocolate syrup in a white bowl with a spoonful of syrup being held over it

Ingredients You Need

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (find it in the baking aisle; use your favorite brand)
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Note: Ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the end of the post.

How to Make Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

  1. Place the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and free of lumps.
  3. Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a gentle boil.
  4. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. Transfer to an airtight container with a lid (I like to use a glass jar such as a mason jar).
  8. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  9. Enjoy!
3 numbered images, number 1 is of the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepot, number 2 is of the mixture in the pot being whisked until smooth, and number 3 is of the mixture coming to a gentle boil while being stirred with a whisk
3 numbered images, number 4 is of the cocoa mixture simmering in the pot, number 5 is of vanilla extract being added, and number 6 is of the pot of chocolate syrup cooling on a pot holder
3 numbered images, number 7 is of the chocolate syrup in a mason jar, number 8 is a graphic of a refrigerator, and number 9 is of the chocolate syrup in a white bowl with a spoonful being taken out

Recipe Tips & Tidbits

  • Be sure to use a pot that has plenty of room above the mixture. As it comes to a boil and simmers, it can expand quite a bit, and we don’t want any boil-overs.
  • At first, when you start stirring the mixture together in the pot, it will seem as though the cocoa doesn’t want to combine with the other ingredients. Just keep stirring. As the mixture warms up, the cocoa will dissolve and the mixture will become smooth.
  • After the syrup has simmered for the 3 minutes and is hot, it will be quite thin and just slightly thicker than what you started with. As it cools down, it will thicken up a bit, and it will thicken up to the perfect consistency as it sits in the refrigerator.
  • I recommend storing the chocolate syrup in a glass container or jar. Plastic containers can sometimes hang on to smells from the last thing you had in them, which could affect the flavor of your syrup (and probably not in a good way).
  • You can use the syrup warm if you’d like (heating it in the microwave is the fastest and easiest way); just remember that it will become thinner as it heats up and is not as thick as a hot fudge sauce.
  • This recipe makes about 1 cup of chocolate syrup. If you need more, just double the recipe.

Storage

Keep your homemade chocolate syrup in an airtight container (glass recommended) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How to Use Homemade Chocolate Syrup

You can use your yummy homemade chocolate syrup in so many different ways! Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Spoon it over ice cream (try it over my homemade no-churn vanilla or chocolate ice cream or my no-churn coffee ice cream).
  • Use it to make chocolate milkshakes, egg creams, smoothies, chocolate milk (stir it into cold milk), and hot chocolate (stir it into hot/warm milk).
  • Add it to hot or iced coffee to make a mocha (try my Quick and Easy Iced Mocha Latte).
  • Drizzle it over desserts (like warm brownies à la mode or cheesecake).
  • Use it as a dip for fruit like bananas and strawberries or snacks like pretzels or potato chips (yes…try this!).
  • Pour it on pancakes or waffles.
  • Mix it into or use it to garnish cocktails (like a chocolate martini).

What other ideas can you think of? I’m sure there’s lots more!

I hope you try this Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup recipe and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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homemade chocolate syrup in a white bowl with a spoonful being lifted out

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup is made with just 5 simple ingredients and is perfect for topping ice cream and other desserts, making chocolate milk and a whole lot more!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Cooling Time (approximate): 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 (1 tablespoon each; recipe makes about 1 cup total)
Estimated Calories: 51

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar, white granulated
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • teaspoon salt, I use kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat (I use a 3-quart saucepan).
    Be sure to use a saucepan that has plenty of room above the mixture. As it comes to a boil and simmers, it can expand quite a bit…and we don't want any boil-overs.
  • Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and free of lumps.
    At first, when you start stirring the mixture together in the pot, it will seem as though the cocoa doesn't want to combine with the other ingredients. Just keep stirring. As the mixture warms up, the cocoa will dissolve and the mixture will become smooth.
  • Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a gentle boil.
  • Immediately reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
    At this point, the syrup will be quite thin and just slightly thicker than what you started with. As it cools down, it will thicken up a bit, and it will thicken up to the perfect consistency as it sits in the refrigerator.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
    It's okay if the syrup is still slightly warm after this amount of time.
  • Transfer the syrup to an airtight container with a lid (I like to use a glass jar).
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

  • Keep your homemade chocolate syrup stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
    • I recommend using a glass container or jar, such as a mason jar. Plastic containers can sometimes hang on to smells from the last thing you had in them, which could affect the flavor of your syrup (and probably not in a good way).
  • You can use the syrup warm if you’d like (heating it in the microwave is the fastest and easiest way); just remember that it will become thinner as it heats up and is not as thick as a hot fudge sauce.
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Recipe adapted from food.com.

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