This easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup recipe — made with five simple ingredients in about five minutes — is a scrumptious topping for ice cream and makes perfect chocolate milk. And not only is it economical, but it’s also lacking the additives and preservatives found in many store-bought brands!
In case you’ve never noticed, I’ve got quite a thing for making my own kitchen staples. There are dry mixes for the pantry, of course, from chili mix to pancake mix to cornbread mix. But I also like to stock my refrigerator with natural, homemade versions of what I used to buy at the grocery store, from barbecue sauce to honey mustard to coffee creamer. So it’s only expected that l I should add a delectable Chocolate Syrup recipe to the list, dontcha’ think?
Awhile back, I shared a recipe for my to-die-for Homemade Caramel Sauce that whips up in just FIVE minutes with only FIVE ingredients.
And guess what?
Today, I’ve got a 5-ingredient, 5-minute Homemade Chocolate Sauce recipe for you. It’s reminiscent in flavor and consistency to the classic brand that’s sold in those famous dark brown bottles and cans…but without any of the crazy ingredients!
Now this is not a thick fudge sauce, mind you. It’s a thinner chocolate syrup that you can stir into milk to make chocolate milk or drizzle over ice cream for that perfect banana split.
Why Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup?
I stopped buying the “traditional” brand of chocolate syrup several years ago in an effort to feed my family real foods made with simple and natural ingredients.
Over time, we’ve tried a few organic brands of chocolate syrup, but they never tasted quite as good as our old standby. And they could be quite expensive.
But this chocolate syrup recipe? Not only does it taste better than the original, but it’s also economical. It’s totally cost effective to make in small batches or big batches. And best of all, you know exactly what’s in it.
I love being able to control what goes into my chocolate syrup. And you can’t get much more straightforward than five simple ingredients!
- Water. The base.
- Sugar. Combines with the water to form a simple syrup.
- Cocoa powder. You’ll want to use a regular cocoa powder here, not Dutch-processed. As far as the brand, go with Hershey’s cocoa powder if that’s the brand of syrup you’re trying to imitate, or a “fancier” cocoa powder for a more gourmet outcome.
- Vanilla. I recommend using a good-quality pure vanilla extract, since the flavor will shine through.
- Salt. It might seem counterintuitive to add salt to a sweet recipe, but just a tiny bit makes the chocolate flavor pop.
How to Make Chocolate Syrup
I think you will love having this easy recipe (that can be ready in mere minutes!) in your arsenal. Here’s how to do it:
- Make a simple syrup. Dissolve the sugar into the water and cook for a few minutes while occasionally stirring.
- Stir in the cocoa powder and salt, and cook for a couple more minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Your chocolate syrup will be pretty runny at this point, so you’ll need to refrigerate it in order for it to thicken further.
- Enjoy it warm or allow it to cool for a bit and then transfer to a jar and pop in the fridge until chilled.
And please keep in mind that this is Homemade Chocolate Syrup — not fudge sauce. So while it will set up a bit more once chilled, it is never going to turn overly thick or gloppy.
This recipe makes about a pint and should keep in the refrigerator for three to four weeks…if it lasts that long!
The next time you’re craving some yummy chocolate syrup to top that vanilla ice cream…or stir into that tall glass of milk…or sneak straight out of the jar with a spoon…I hope you’ll remember this recipe and give it a try! This is one of those EUREKA-type recipes that makes me wonder why I didn’t try it sooner.
It’s a cinch to make, it’s all-natural, it’s economical, and it’s delicious. You can whip it up in minutes with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, and your family will deem you brilliant.
But the best part is — let’s be honest here — it’s CHOCOLATE SYRUP. Because at the end of the day, what’s better than that? 😉
More Sweet, Made-From-Scratch Kitchen Staples
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- 1¼ cups water
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a small pot set over medium-high heat, mix water and sugar until dissolved. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Stir in cocoa powder and salt, and continue stirring and simmering for about two more minutes or until cocoa powder is all dissolved and mixture is smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Store chocolate syrup in a jar in the refrigerator.
- This syrup will thicken as it cools and should have the consistency of store bought chocolate syrup once chilled. It is not supposed to get thick like a fudge sauce.
- It will keep in the refrigerator for three to four weeks.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com.
Originally published March 10, 2014.