Chocolate Syrup

Everything is better when it’s made at home.  This Chocolate Syrup recipe is no exception.  Your chocolate sauce recipe doesn’t have to come from a bottle, it can come from your stove-top.
chocolate syrup

Learn to Cook Series

This recipe is part of my learn to cook series. My learn to cook series is where I am actually cooking out of my old home economics textbook from Junior high school. Chocolate syrup happens to be one of the recipes that the Pueblo, Colorado school district 60 thought was essential.

Uses for Chocolate Syrup

You can use the chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce recipe (whatever you like to call it) in many different ways.  Pour this sauce over ice cream or add it to milk to make chocolate milk. You can also make this wonderful Chocolate Pistachio Bundt Cake with it. So there are a lot of different ways to use homemade chocolate syrup.

Cocoa to use

So if you are trying to emulate Hershey’s chocolate syrup you may want to use their brand of cocoa powder. I personally have made this with several brands, but I typically buy whatever Costco has for sale. They tend to be a little cheaper, and I am always happy with their brand selection.

How to Store Chocolate Syrup

When I make this I like to store it in small bottles. This way it makes it easy to pour and easy to measure. Honestly, you may want to store this in a Mason jar. You could prepare some of this syrup and give it as gifts if you desire. As long as you store this in an airtight container it doesn’t matter what container you store this in.

I really encourage you to go ahead and make your own homemade chocolate syrup. It is very easy to make, and it tastes very good. You can easily make this recipe with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Chocolate Syrup Recipe

With only five ingredients and 10 minutes to make, this recipe is also extremely easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla

In a small pan, combine the water, cocoa, and sugar over medium heat.  Whisk until there are no lumps left and remove from the heat.  While it’s still warm, add the salt and vanilla.  Allow the sauce to cool completely before putting it in the refrigerator.

Other Recipes in the Learn to Cook Series

Homemade Biscuits

Twice-Baked Potatoes

French Toast

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chocolate sauce recipe

Chocolate Syrup

You can make chocolate syrup! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 98kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Over medium heat in a small pot combine water, cocoa, sugar. Whisk together until there are no lumps left in the cocoa.
  • When the sauce is warm add salt while continuing to whisk. Remove from heat and add vanilla syrup.
  • Allow sauce to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.



Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. CookinCanuck

    5 stars
    Homemade chocolate syrup is so much better than the store-bought stuff and I appreciate that there’s not a list of mystery ingredients in the homemade variety.

  2. Nat Lucas

    Maybe it doesn’t matter, but when you buy it, it’s not in clear vessel. If I store this in the fridge in a Mason jar (w/clear sides) will it affect it @ all?

    • stephaniemanley

      I don’t think it will make any impact, it is often dark in your refrigerator, so we should be fine in that respect.

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  4. kalynskitchen

    I love this idea. And for low-sugar people like me, you could use mostly sweetener with a little sugar for a low-sugar version!

    • stephaniemanley

      I should definitely come up with a sugar free version. I have some sugar substitutes in my pantry.

  5. A Family Feast

    We go through a ton of chocolate syrup at our house…this recipe will definitely come in handy! Thanks for sharing!

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