Simple Homemade Chocolate Sauce

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You only need a few ingredients to make this Homemade Chocolate Sauce and it tastes better than any chocolate syrup you can buy at the store. Smooth, sweet, and incredibly chocolate-y, this is the chocolate sauce I tried for years to make.

Along with all the ice cream that everyone is making, this copycat Hershey’s syrup has become one of the most popular recipes on the website over the past few months. It’s been fun to see what we can make from home instead of immediately running to the store.

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Homemade Chocolate Sauce

When I first made this, I wanted a simple homemade chocolate syrup similar to Hershey’s syrup; something that I could use to make chocolate milk for my boys or use as an ice cream topping.

Over the past few years, I’ve made numerous chocolate sauces: rich creamy hot fudge sauces and basic melted chocolate sauces (i.e. Homemade Magic Shell).

I ran across this recipe many years ago and tried it within a few days of finding the recipe. This was exactly the chocolate sauce that I wanted!

This chocolate sauce is not overly sweet and it is smooth and rich in flavor. This is better than the Hershey’s syrup that I remember. I am excited to have this in the refrigerator now and I can hardly wait to make a treat with it after dinner tonight!

How To Make Chocolate Syrup

When I found this recipe for homemade chocolate sauce, it was almost too simple to believe. No fancy ingredients, no dairy, just sugar, cocoa powder, and water. A pinch of salt and a tiny splash of vanilla finish it off perfectly.

This sauce tastes like Hershey’s syrup, only better. The fact it’s so incredibly easy to make means there is almost always a jar of this chocolate syrup in my refrigerator.

Ice Cream Recipes

Pour this over the best and easiest Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Cherry Ice Cream, or Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

This Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Pint Sized Baker is begging for some chocolate sauce and I can’t wait to drizzle some chocolate sauce over this Take 5 Ice Cream Pie by Beyond Frosting.

Pictured here is our much-loved Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, not to be confused with Oreo Ice Cream, which is a completely different kind of awesomeness. I recommend you try them both and pick your favorite.

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Chocolate Syrup Recipe

  1. In a cold saucepan, whisk together the cocoa and the sugar until all lumps are removed.
  2. Add the salt and the water and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce to a simmer; stirring constantly. Simmer for about 30 seconds and then remove from heat.
  4. Let cool and then add vanilla. Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate until needed.

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Simple Homemade Chocolate Sauce

4.87 from 123 votes
Recipe slightly adapted from and with thanks to Cate Linden
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 7 (2) ounce servings


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • In a cold saucepan, whisk together the cocoa and the sugar until all lumps are removed. Add the salt and the water and bring to a boil over medium to medium high heat. 
  • Reduce to a simmer; stirring constantly. Simmer for about 30 seconds and then remove from heat. Let cool and then add vanilla. Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!


The chocolate sauce will be very thin when it finishes boiling, but it will thicken quite a bit as it cools. The chocolate sauce may be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Simply reheat before serving. 
This recipe makes 14oz of chocolate sauce and can easily be doubled if desired.


Calories: 127kcal · Carbohydrates: 32g · Protein: 1g · Sodium: 43mg · Potassium: 93mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 28g · Calcium: 8mg · Iron: 0.8mg
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{originally published 4/20/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/18/20}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Zalora says

    Holy cow! This chocolate sauce is fabulous!! I thought I was more a “caramel person” but this recipe might change my destiny! : )5 stars

  2. Sarah Haney says

    Can’t believe how quickly and simply this came together with ingredients I have on hand always. I used Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa and it was incredible!!5 stars

  3. ILA Audet R.D.N. says

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I’ve been making large batches, four times the recipe, for over two years now after an exhaustive search for a pre-made, simple syrup without added gums or stabilizers. I add a little extra water to make a thinner product for easier pouring. As a registered dietitian, I can recommend it can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to two months, possibly longer. The only problem with long term storage is that some of the coco solids will settle to the bottom of the container. They can be easily mixed back in by stirring or gently shaking or by heating slightly after stirring. This happens as no gums or stabilizers are added so that’s the price you pay for a more natural, simple product. I’ve been making home made iced mocha coffee with it, chocolate milk, and added to ice cream occasionally as well as giving it as gifts in a fancy jar with ingredients listed on a tag. Everyone loves it, and I do too!5 stars

  4. Jeff says

    Great recipe! I had ruined a previous attempt at chocolate sauce and needed another one right away. Tastes amazing and loves that it doesn’t immediately harden on buttercream when frozen.5 stars

  5. Kelsey B says

    This is a fantastic go-to sauce. I halved the sugar, but otherwise the recipe stands. Simple, easy to use, and I imagine easy to riff on if you wanted to add spiced alchohol.4 stars

  6. Danielle Griffin says

    Delicious! Thanks!
    I HATE the store bought chocolate syrup even the name brand ones like Hershey just taste nasty so I’m super glad I found this recipe!5 stars

  7. Dalia I Torres says

    Absolutely DELICIOUS! & Healthy Then The Store Bought Brand. Super Quick And Easy To Perpare.

    Thank Y O U😊
    Dalia5 stars

  8. Mo says

    I love this, taste and looks good. But Immediately after preparing the sauce, can i use for my cake? Or do i need to refrigerate before applying?5 stars

  9. Suby says

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful receipt.
    I want to give it a try, but do you know how much the cup size and teaspoon size in gram?
    Or can I buy the measurement cup and teaspoon somewhere? What size of cup should I get?

    Thanks5 stars

  10. Randy Esterley says

    EXCELLENT syrup, I made it for a Birthday cake 9bundt type)YESTERDAY. I poked holes in the cake, and delivered it within an hour and it tasted soooooooo YUMMY!!!!! I WILL make this recipe again. Thanks so much for sharing it!!! TEN STARS**********

    –Randy E
    Sumter, South Carolina5 stars

  11. Hera says

    Super easy to make and love the sauce 🥰 . Was never a fan of the store bought ones. Thanks for the recipe 👍🏼.5 stars

  12. Marcella Maki says

    I think this is an great recipe my husband love Herseys but not he love this over his ice cream more. I put it in a large squeeze bottle to store in the fridge easier to squeeze on ice cream and in drinks . Thanks5 stars

  13. Nakigirl53 says

    Where have been all my life Mary!!!! This is the BEST EVER, easiest and fastest chocolate sauce AND delicious!!!5 stars

  14. Ella says

    THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!!!! My mom stopped buying me chocolate syrup because it’s apparently “too unhealthy,” and I could no longer satisfy my craving for a glass of cold, chocolate milk before bed (she’s probably right but I couldn’t resist anymore). Upon discovering this recipe, I can satisfy my cravings (quartering the batch), and using ingredients that we have on hand! To close, I would like to thank you once more, and I hope that my mom doesn’t stop buying white sugar upon discovering the mess I may-or-have-may-not have made in the kitchen while concocting this recipe.5 stars

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