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.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce really is better than store bought! get the EASY recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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.

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.

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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).

Top your ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce for an awesome treat!

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

The sauce is not overly sweet and it is smooth and rich in flavor. This is even 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.

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.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup really is better than store bought! get the EASY recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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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Simple Homemade Chocolate Sauce

4.89 from 221 votes
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 7 (2) ounce servings

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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 3/9/23}

original recipe slightly adapted from and with thanks to Cate Linden

Homemade Chocolate Sauce is so much better than store bought! get the EASY recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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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. Emma Gordon says

    This was so easy and it used everything that we always have in our pantry! Thanks for the recipe, it tastes amazing!5 stars

  2. Stefanie says

    I want to make this as a drizzle for a self-serve cupcake station. Does this thicken to the point that it has to be warmed up? Or could it sit at room temp for a few hours and stay liquid?5 stars

  3. Chris Scarsella says

    Where has this recipe been all my life???? Was so easy to make and it tastes amazing! Will definitely make this again 🙂5 stars

  4. Sarah Hayes says

    So easy! Loved that my dairy free daughter could have it and my dairy loving son also did too! It’s hard to find something that they both like 😉5 stars

  5. Marybeth Hoover says

    Can you substitute carob powder for the cocoa powder? Also, can you add coffee to this recipe?

  6. Aly says

    So happy to have found this recipe. I was having a big family dinner and realized I didn’t have part of the dessert recipe, the chocolate sauce for the ice cream crapes. So easy and fast to make. And best of all, delicious! Thank you.5 stars

  7. Anat says

    Love this chocolate recipe and I go back to it whenever I make anything that requires melted chocolate that firms up! There’s no reason to buy chocolate chips, or chocolate bars for making desserts, as this recipe works perfectly for coating bars, truffles, etc. It’s so easy to make. It’s a perfect recipe, but can be customized with different flavors like orange/lemon zest, coffee, cinnamon, etc.5 stars

  8. Tim says

    I made this when the jug of Hershey’s ran out and am never going back, (to Hershey’s that is). I came up with a no cook method. I make a double batch, I boil a cup of water in the microwave. Whisk the water and cocoa together for a minute or so, until the lumps are gone. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk untll blended and you’re done. It’s important to whisk the cocoa first before adding the rest or you’ll end up with lumps.5 stars

  9. Lori Roth says

    I just made this chocolate sauce recipe for the second time and it’s absolutely delicious! One question though. The first time I made the sauce, after a few days in the fridge, something crystallized in the sauce and it became gritty. What did I do wrong? Taste was still great, just the texture was affected.5 stars

  10. Marlene Martinez says

    Oh My!!!!! I made some of this tonight for ice cream & it is by far better than the Hershey’s syrup. My grandkids were even saying how much better it was than the store bought. This will definitely be a keeper to be using regularly since we like our ice cream 😉5 stars

  11. Christy says

    So Simple but the proportions are perfect!
    I had a leftover cold coffee and only had confectioner’s sugar.
    BOTH worked fine.
    I had planned on making iced coffee that I make with a tsp of confectioner’s sugar so it will dissolve in the cold. You cannot taste the cornstarch in either the sauce or the iced coffee.
    I don;t know whether there’s a difference in standard measure between granulated and confection’s sugar. I didn’t make a change in that measurement. I was a nice thickness when it was finished!
    I didn’t get close to 14 ounces but it all fit into the recycled jar I had ready so I wasn’t very concerned about the volume!
    SO yummy,
    THANK YOU for sharing!5 stars