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. Gabby says

    First off let me say this is delicious. Will be my go to recipe for ice cream topping.
    Question – made my first batch and it came out wonderfully. Second batch made one week later, it developed a skin on the top. What did I do wrong?4 stars

  2. Jackie says

    I do not have a jar to use, so had to use a hard plastic container, is there issues I should know about by doing that?5 stars

  3. Julia says

    Made this last night to try over ice cream. It is absolutly delicious and better than store bought and so easy to make. Thank you5 stars

  4. Claudia says

    Great recipe, easy and quick! We actually use it to make hot chocolate on cold, busy school mornings. Based on ingredients, I just store the glass jar in the pantry. We use it within 1-2 weeks though.5 stars

  5. judith says

    Oh my goodness this is soo easy and delicious! Why did I buy Hersheys syrup all these years when I could have had fresh and natural syrup instead? So easy and so good. thanks for the recipe5 stars

  6. Robichaud says

    Wow this is the best chocolate syrup recipe I have come across. Taste like Hersey’s syrup cold or warm I could drink this recipe it is so good.
    Try it for yourself. No regrets5 stars

  7. Sue VV says

    I’ve been using this for several years now, and it’s hard to believe something so easy can be so delicious. Just a quick note – it’s perfect for making a mocha, too!5 stars

  8. Mary says

    Needed some chocolate sauce for a sundae bar that I am setting up. Found this and made it. Delicious!! I scarped the pot clean. So good warm and have it the fridge getting ready to serve. Thanks for an easy recipe.5 stars

  9. Abbie says

    Can I use this sauce to mix into homemade ice cream (like a fudge swirl ice cream)? Instead of just using it as a topping? Will it harden too much in the freezer?

    • Mary Younkin says

      I haven’t tried that myself, Abbie. I don’t “think” it will harden too much, but I haven’t tested it that way myself. It won’t work the same way as a thicker hot fudge though, as this particular recipe really is a syrup and isn’t very thick at all by comparison. If you want to try a fudge swirl, I’d probably start with this easy hot fudge recipe: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/hot-fudge-sauce/

  10. Amanda says

    This recipe is delicious! I found that after a couple of days, the sugar does start to crystallize again but just reheat and stir and all is well!5 stars

  11. Jennifer says

    This just popped up on my Facebook feed. 🙂We have been making this syrup for over 45+ years. My grandma made it, my mom makes it, my sister makes it, I make it all the time..my daughter makes it. Family ” recipe “. We have actually only ever used it as a syrup for pancakes, waffles and French toast. I add a little butter to mine. It becomes fudgier…and so good you want to lick the pot clean. 😀5 stars