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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This homemade chocolate syrup is made with all-natural ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Make a batch and enjoy it on top of ice cream or use it to make chocolate milk or hot chocolate.

Chocolate – it’s the nectar of the gods, right?  Oh dear, that’s not right.  Please note:  though you might want to drink it by the gallon, it is not a drink – it’s chocolate syrup.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup in a jar

This chocolate-y velvet syrup is perfect for enhancing milkshakes and coffee beverages.  Plus, it goes great on top of ice cream – just look below.

chocolate syrup on ice cream

This stuff is really good.  I don’t make it often, because it is really good.  (I have to practice moderation, you know?)  What is great about it is that there are no weird chemicals in this chocolate syrup.  No binders, no emulsifiers, no HCF – that’s high fructose corn syrup.

To make it, simply combine 1 cup cocoa powder (the regular variety, not Dutch-processed cocoa) with 2 cups of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a medium-sized saucepan.  I use a nifty little whisk that I picked up from the Pampered Chef years ago.  Use whatever works best for you.  You want to make sure that there are no lumps.

Dry Ingredients for making chocolate syrup

Once you have all of the dry ingredients mixed well, add 1 cup of water and stir well.  Turn the burner on medium heat and stir occasionally.

Saucepan with homemade chocolate syrup

After about 10 minutes, the mixture will start to boil and will rise.  Keep a very close eye on the chocolate mixture.  You may need to turn the heat down a bit to keep it from boiling over.  Keep stirring and let it gently boil for about 2 minutes, turn off the heat, and remove the saucepan from the burner.

Allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.  Stir it well and then let the mixture cool for about an hour before bottling and refrigerating it.

making chocolate syrup in pan on stove

The longer the sauce boils, the thicker it will end up being.  It will also thicken some after it has been refrigerated.

Chocolate syrup being put on Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This homemade chocolate syrup is great on top of ice cream. It can also be used to make chocolate milk.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Additional Time 45 mins
Total Time 58 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 1 batch
Calories 120 kcal


  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  • Place cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a medium-size saucepan and whisk until blended, being sure to break up any clumps.
  • Add water and whisk well. Turn heat on to medium and stir often.
  • Once mixture begins to boil, boil for 2 more minutes or until it begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in vanilla and cool for about 45 minutes.
  • Pour into container and refrigerate.


Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25g
Keyword homemade chocolate syrup
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Ice Cream with homemade chocolate syrup

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
Charles M. Schulz

Want to see chocolate syrup being made?  Take a look at this video by Crouton Crackerjacks:

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