Homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

You can make Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup at home, it’s easier than you think. There is no need to go out and purchase chocolate syrup when you can make it in minutes.

overhead view of homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup and an ice cream sundae

Hershey Chocolate Syrup

Life is definitely sweeter with the time-honored taste of Hershey’s Syrup. Indulge yourself in this chocolate-flavored treat by making Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup at home – and it’s a lot easier than you think.

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is a favorite but not something you may keep on hand. With this simple recipe, you’ll have a Hershey’s Syrup that’s even better than the original and takes no time at all to make.

Whether you’re having chocolate milk or ice cream sundaes, this copycat Hershey’s recipe for homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is just what you need!

Is There a Difference Between Chocolate Syrup and Chocolate Sauce?

Yes, chocolate syrup is a bit thinner and basically consists of cocoa powder, sugar, and water. Chocolate sauce is made to be thicker by using sugar and cream.

Chocolate Syrup Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make the chocolate syrup:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
Homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup ingredients

How to Make Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

  1. Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan.
Ingredients for homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup in a skillet
  1. Add water, and mix until smooth. Bring this mixture to a boil.
  2. Allow it to boil for one minute, be careful this does not over boil.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Add the vanilla and stir until combined.
a bowl of homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup

How to Use Homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

It’s summer, and it’s hot! Your family needs ice cream! But not just plain old ice cream – you need all the fixings, including chocolate syrup. But, there are so many other ways to use chocolate syrup:

  • On desserts, waffles, and pancakes.
  • For making the best chocolate milk, chocolate floats, and chocolate sundaes.
  • For rich hot cocoa and coffee mocha drinks.
  • For dunking fresh strawberries. It’s also good on sliced apples, bananas, grapes, and even kiwis.
  • For giving poached pears a final flourish by drizzling chocolate syrup over them just before serving.
  • For dipping pretzels – salty meets sweet and crunchy.
  • For serving hot over buttered biscuits for real decadence!

And check out these ideas for using chocolate syrup.

homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup next a bowl of ice cream

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overhead view of homemade Hershey's chocolate syrup and an ice cream sundae

Homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Make homemade Hershey's Chocolate Syrup from scratch. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hersheys Chocolate Syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 36kcal


  • 1/2 cup cocoa Hershey’s
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Add water, and mix until smooth. Bring this mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for one minute, be careful this does not over boil. Remove from heat, when this cools add the vanilla.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Christine W.

    4 stars
    I’m looking for a copy cat recipe like this one because I’m less concerned with the fat/ sugar intake. And more so about all the micro plastics. Moderation sure. But I trust my own cooking & storage methods over mega corporations who need to cut costs in order to keep product quality standards the same. So that being said. Thank you again! I look forward to whipping this up for a treat for my family.

  2. Julie

    5 stars
    I just finished making this chocolate syrup. My husband, the chocoholic, raved over how much better this was than the bottled Ghirardelli syrup. This gets 5 stars and 2 snaps up. Thanks for an easy (and delicious) homemade version.

  3. Sharon

    5 stars
    Have made this many times and it so good. The only time it did not turn out well was when I let it boil for an extra minute or so…was too thick to come out of the bottle. I was still buying Hershey’s when I found the recipe so I recycled the Hershey bottle and that is what I keep mine in the fridge. Thanks so much for the recipe 😀.

    • Carlo

      Yeah, yeah, I’m 2 years late, but In the future, try boiling it longer. The water will evaporate which will make it less runny

  4. Karen Wengert

    I have made this before and it tastes like the real thing. Just make sure that you let it boil for the time it says and then let it cool completely before you put it in the bottle and it comes out great. I also store mine in the fridge, that helps to thicken it up too.

  5. Cindy

    I made this exactly as written but it seems too thin. Is there something I can do now that would thicken it?

  6. Howard K

    It’s really fun that there are "kopycat" recipes especially since eating out is sooo expensive! But, it’s all fat and salt, creams, sugars, etc; it’s not healthy food! Boomers are paying the health price for growing up and indulging on this kind of food. Like I said, it’s really a great site but, good things in moderation folks! That bypass is a cinnabon away!

    • Frederic E. Kahler

      Kopycat, like everyone else out there, from McDonald’s to Euell Gibbons, does not hold the spoon to your mouth and shout, “Devour!” And how many healthy foods require much of a recipe to copy? If you look at magazines during rationing years, e.g., WWII. and they will be replete with copycat recipes for name brand candy bars, but we were eating far fewer than these days. Most healthy or comfort foods are found in cookbooks already, so here they might appear redundant. And we can eat vicariously. We can read these dissections of name brand offerings for that pleasure alone, such is the Western fascination with answers. One thing we can take from copykat is that sugar can take the place of HFCS – that boomers and Millennials can eat a little healthier here.

      • Nicole R

        Well said, it always amazes me what people complain about. If you don’t want to eat that way then don’t. However a special treat meal of “high fat, salt, cream and sugars” once in a blue moon is not going to kill someone.

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