Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Silky smooth homemade Chocolate Syrup —the most perfect topping for all your favorite desserts. 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 amazing Chocolate Syrup that’s just the perfect consistency for desserts or pancakes!

Chocolate syrup in a glass jar with a spoon

Easy + Delicious Chocolate Syrup

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

It’s SO easy to make at home. No need to buy it at the store because this recipe is 100% better than anything you can find at the grocery store. I always have some homemade chocolate syrup in the fridge for sundaes, cake, pie, etc.!

Homemade chocolate syrup is seriously the most simple recipe. Just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to make it.

You probably already have every ingredient in your kitchen that you need for this syrup:

  • sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • cold water
  • butter
  • vanilla
Ingredients for chocolate syrup recipe in a saucepan

How to Make Chocolate Syrup

WHISK. Start by whisking the sugar and cocoa together in a medium pot until all lumps are gone. Add the cold water and butter and turn the stove on to medium heat.

BOIL. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir constantly for about 1 minute.

REMOVE FROM HEAT. Remove from heat and add vanilla once the mixture is cooled. Stir until combined. Pour the chocolate syrup in a glass jar and refrigerate. Reheat when read to serve!

So simple right??

Note: The Chocolate syrup will seem thin, but it will thicken as it cools. 

What kind of chocolate powder should I use? Any plain unsweetened chocolate baking powder will work. Cacoa powder and cocoa powder can be used interchangeably so use whatever you have on hand. 

Homemade chocolate syrup boiling in a saucepan

Storing + Uses

Storage: Store the Chocolate Syrup in an airtight container. A mason jar would work well. Keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

Ideas to use it:

  • Ice cream topping
  • Make chocolate milk or hot chocolate
  • Dip fruit or cookies in it
  • Drizzle on cakes, brownies or even pancakes

Recipes to use Syrup with: Here are some of our favorites on the site we like to use this syrup with…

Homemade chocolate syrup poured over vanilla ice cream

For more sweet syrups and sauces, try:

Chocolate Syrup Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Silky smooth homemade chocolate syrup—the most perfect topping for all your favorite desserts. Chocolatey and delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 14 oz. jar
Calories 995 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna



  • 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 simmer, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla once the mixture is cooled. Stir until combined and place in a glass jar and refrigerate. Reheat when read to serve.


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  1. 5 stars
    This is the only chocolate sauce we use! It’s creamy & super easy! We use it on all kinds of desserts!

  2. 5 stars

  3. 5 stars
    Woah this was so good! I made an iced coffee at home and added a teaspoon of this chocolate into it and it was incredible. I still have some leftover in a jar, I am defiantly taking your idea and putting it on pancakes in the morning.

  4. 5 stars
    We love this chocolate sauce! It’s super easy to make, and it’s better than store bought.

    1. It helps to add the vanilla after cooling because the taste will remain stronger than if you add it before it cools. Vanilla has alcohol in it so it evaporates when it is heated and loses some of its taste. It shouldn’t be overly noticeable though. I hope it turned out for you! Thanks for trying it!

  5. 5 stars
    Considering making this in 2022.
    Do you taste the butter within, though?
    Thanks for reading.

    1. You bet. You can mix the chocolate syrup with some milk (just as you would with Hershey’s syrup) but it tastes even better since it’s homemade! 😉 And nope, once the ingredients boil together, it doesn’t have a strong butter flavor. It’s so yummy!!