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A cinch to make (and you can pronounce all the ingredient names), this Homemade Chocolate Syrup is delicious and versatile!
Step-by-step photos and instructions are below!
I love to make pantry ingredients from scratch. Mainly because I can, but also because I like to know what is in the things we consume. No high fructose corn syrup here!
This Homemade Chocolate Syrup recipe has evolved to being an everyday item used anywhere we’d usually use store bought syrup!
This particular recipe is my favorite because it’s quick and easy to make, and isn’t a huge batch. Since it’s so easy, I can make it whenever I run out! It’s a great recipe to impress your kids!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Homemade Chocolate Syrup is awesome because you probably already have the simple ingredients!
- This is a super easy recipe that will take around 10 minutes from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Drizzle on desserts. Use a squeeze bottle to put on ice cream as sundae topping, or to make your own chocolate milk! You can also use it to make hot cocoa!
A great idea is to put the syrup in a mason jar, add cold milk and microwave. Then just put a lid on and shake it up!!
Nope! Chocolate sauce (aka fudge sauce) contains chocolate and cream, and syrup contains cocoa powder and cornstarch
We use cornstarch here, if you like it a little thicker, add a little more to the slurry.
Do you have to refrigerate syrup? Yes – store it in a tightly sealed container. It won’t go BAD per se, but will last much longer if you take care of it.
I have included step-by-step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
Here’s my sweet son doing a little recipe testing. He’s generous like that. This pic is also about 5 years old. He is 5 in that shot!
Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Sugar. Plain white granulated sugar works best, but raw sugar can also be used.
- Cocoa Powder. I use unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Salt. I use kosher salt in this.
- Vanilla extract. To flavor up that syrup!
- Cornstarch. This will help to thicken the syrup.
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar in a saucepan
Whisk the water in to make it smooth.
Heat and stir over medium heat until boiling. Turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes.
Remove about a tablespoon of the mixture, and mix with the corn starch.
Blend the corn starch mixture back in the saucepan
Then, add the vanilla extract, and simmer for a few more minutes, whisking constantly until slightly thickened. Be careful not to burn, keep it low!!
Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature. The syrup will thicken as it cools.
Cover and refrigerate, and use as needed.
For a SUPER chocolatey syrup, add a half teaspoon of instant coffee powder. You won’t taste it, but it will amplify the chocolate flavor.
How to store homemade chocolate syrup
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
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Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe
- Whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan, then whisk the water in to make it smooth.
- Add salt, and heat over medium heat until boiling, then turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes.
- Remove about a tablespoon of the mixture, and mix with the corn starch.
- Blend the corn starch mixture back in with the vanilla, and simmer for a few more minutes until thickened – be careful not to burn, keep it low!!
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
Update: This recipe was originally published in October of 2016. It was republished with updated photos in September of 2021.