Homemade Chocolate Syrup

20 servings
10 min

While it's so easy to pick up some bottled chocolate syrup at the store, homemade is infinitely better!

There's not much better than a nice jar of homemade chocolate syrup. You know what's in it (aka no funky chemicals) and most likely you have everything already in your pantry.

Ok folks, this recipe is sooo easy. So easy. And it only takes five ingredients, yes five, and that includes water.


And it is sooo much better than the stuff at the store. Truly.

Growing up, we had Hershey's in a can, yep a can. That dates me.

And it was good. Much better than the bottled version. Most often, say 99.9% of the time, it ended up over ice cream.

Oh speaking of, be sure to drop by The Bake Dept for some excellent ice cream recipes plus lots of other tasty stuff too.

Right, this recipe. Whisk the dry ingredients in a saucepan. Easy!

Add the water and whisk that all around, breaking up any clumpy bits.

Then, just pop it on the stove for about five minutes and voila, tada, you have homemade chocolate syrup! I am not kidding!

I told you it was that simple!

It is a bit thinner than what you buy at the store but don't let that deter you. Pour it over ice cream, pour it in milk, use it anywhere you'd use the bottled stuff. It does thicken up a bit more once refrigerated.

Come on by the full post for more tips, info, and details!


What's extra cool about this is you can absolutely customize it too -- add some cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne for heat, other tasty spices or extracts like mint. How awesome is that?!

Make a batch (or several) as gifts! Wow, your friends will really love you then!

Recipe details
  • 20  servings
  • Prep time: 3 Minutes Cook time: 7 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 3/4 cup (149 g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (160 g) light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (84 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (237 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) vanilla

Combine the granulated sugar, light or dark brown sugar, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Whisk the ingredients to combine and remove any lumps.
Add the water and whisk until thoroughly mixed and all lumps have dissolved.
Place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove and boil while whisking occasionally.
Once the mixture has boiled, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes while whisking often.
Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir then pour the syrup into a heat-proof jar. Allow it to cool completely then refrigerate.
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  • Sandi Sandi on Oct 20, 2021

    I will make this for sure, we always had it growing up. BUT, what would happen if I add a little cornstarch slurry ? Would that thicken it up without changing the taste.

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    • Peggy belcher Peggy belcher on Nov 06, 2021

      I always add cornstarch. Works great.

  • Be Au Be Au on Nov 05, 2021

    How long will this keep?