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Silky smooth homemade chocolate syrup is the perfect topping for all your favorite desserts. It’s quick, chocolatey, and delicious!

We have a recipe for Chocolate Fudge Sauce (a thicker dessert topping), Chocolate Gravy (even THICKER to pour over breakfast biscuits), and now this smooth chocolate syrup!

Chocolate syrup in a glass jar with a spoon.

Gotta Love Chocolate!

If you’ve never made a chocolate syrup recipe, now is your chance!

It’s SO easy to make at home. I always have some homemade chocolate syrup recipe in the fridge for sundaes, cakes, pies, and more!

Here’s why we LOVE it:

  • So easy! Just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to make it.
  • Decadent. This recipe is 100% better than any store-bought alternative found at the grocery store.
  • For desserts and more. This amazing chocolate syrup is just the perfect consistency for desserts or pancakes!
Adding cocoa powder to melted butter in a saucepan.

Simple Ingredients!

  • granulated sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – Any plain unsweetened chocolate baking powder will work. Cacao powder and cocoa powder can be used interchangeably. You can also use Dutch process cocoa.
  • cold water
  • butter
  • vanilla

How to Make Chocolate Syrup

  1. PREP. Whisk together the sugar and cocoa in a medium pot until all lumps are gone.
  2. BOIL. Add water and butter and turn to medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  3. COOL. Remove from heat and add vanilla once the mixture is cooled. Stir until combined, place in a glass jar, and refrigerate. Reheat when ready to serve.

Quick Note:

The chocolate sauce will seem too thin, but it will thicken as it cools. 

Storing

STORE the homemade chocolate syrup in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

Serving Suggestions

This DIY chocolate syrup tastes great with a variety of treats that pair well with chocolate flavor.

  • Ice cream sundae topping.
  • Make chocolate milk or hot chocolate.
  • Dip for bananas, strawberries, and other fruit.
  • Dip for graham crackers or cookies.
  • Drizzle on cakes, brownies, or even pancakes, and waffles.
Homemade chocolate syrup recipe poured over vanilla ice cream.

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5 from 11 votes

Chocolate Syrup Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Silky smooth homemade chocolate syrup is the perfect topping for all your favorite desserts. It's quick, chocolatey, and delicious!
Servings: 1 14 oz. jar
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Whisk together the sugar and cocoa in a medium pot until all lumps are gone.
  • Add water and butter and turn to medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla once the mixture is cooled. Stir until combined, place in a glass jar, and refrigerate. Reheat when ready to serve.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 995kcal, Carbohydrates: 226g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 118mg, Potassium: 655mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 201g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it is delicious! Had all the ingredients & though I’d give it a whirl on my vanilla ice cream.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the chocolate syrup! Ooh and especially on homemade ice cream. I bet that was amazing!