Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Let’s be honest. We’ve all been there, late at night, fridge open and Hershey’s chocolate syrup squeeze bottle in hand. Shameful, but oh so delicious.

Now, imagine that the chocolate syrup isn’t chockfull of artificial flavors, preservatives and processed sugars, but simple, quality ingredients and a whole lotta love.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

The flavor in homemade chocolate syrup, especially when made with good quality cocoa powder (I recommend Valrhona), is much more intense than any store bought variety. It’s fantastic drizzled on everything from fresh fruits to desserts like my Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding, Cream Puffs, Tiramisu or Vanilla Crepes.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Have a little fun and try this velvety, rich chocolate syrup for yourself – or rather, for your next dessert – sometime! It’s decadent and delicious, and so satisfying to know that you can make this popular pantry staple at home with a handful of basic ingredients and just 5 minutes of your time!

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Yield: Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine cocoa powder, water, sugar and salt. Whisk until cocoa is dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Be careful not to let it get too hot and boil over! Whisk in vanilla extract. Let cool.

The chocolate syrup will keep for several months in a squeeze bottle or glass jar in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Small Notebook

      

57 Responses to “Homemade Chocolate Syrup”

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    Blog is the New Black — March 21, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Beautiful and delicious!

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    Teresa, foodnfifth.com — March 21, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Your chocolate syrup looks beautiful, smooth and silky. This is a great easy recipe that I will definitely be making. Thanks. for sharing.

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    Pacheco Patty — March 21, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    This would be a fun recipe to make with kids to serve on their ice cream for a special family dessert. The easy recipes are the best, thanks for sharing a good one!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — March 21, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    This is great, Georgia! I much prefer to make things like this from scratch, rather than buy them from a store. I bet it tastes so amazing, too. Looks lovely!

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    Monet — March 21, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Strawberries are about to be just perfect here…and I can’t wait to make this syrup to adorn a pint! Thank you for sharing sweet girl. Let’s get together soon for lunch. Have you heard of Hillside Farmacy? Maybe we can check it out?

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    Laura — March 21, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Sayonara Hershey’s. This looks wonderful, and so versatile!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 21, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Hi Monet! Yes, I’d love to get together soon. I’ll email you.

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 21, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Chocolate syrup makes everything taste good. I can’t even imagine how much better homemade chocolate syrup is. This recipe is wonderful!

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    Val — March 21, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    I do believe that I could drink this like it was milk….

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    Paula — March 21, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Love chocolate syrup drizzled over just about well, everything! Thanks for this recipe and especially for letting us know how long it will keep (not that it will last around here though)

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    From Valeries Kitchen — March 21, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Where do you find that cocoa powder Georgia? I wonder if Whole Foods would have it? I always buy the gigantic container of Rodelle brand from Costco because I go through so much of it in my baking. It’s actually a really good quality one though. Nice and dark. This syrup would make even plain vanilla ice cream really special!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 21, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Hi Valerie – You can Valrhona cocoa powder on Amazon.com. I’m not sure if Whole Foods or any other stores would have it. Another great brand is Guittard, though! I think stores may carry that.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 21, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    This is something that my whole family (esp. kids and me? hee hee) can enjoy. Thanks to Valerie’s question I got more info on cocoa. I guess that’s the important ingredient so I should get high quality one! I feel a lot more comfortable if my kids use this rather than store bought brand for many reasons… :-)

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    the wicked noodle — March 21, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    I love making homemade chocolate syrup. It’s so much better than anything you can buy!

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    Bree — March 21, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    This is great–and your pics are gorgeous!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 21, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    So much better than the bottled sauce! Looks yummy!

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    MollyBGolly — March 21, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Does it mix well with milk?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 21, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Molly – Just as well as the store bought stuff would!

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    london bakes — March 21, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Oh I love this idea! And what a simple recipe – sometimes the recipes you see are so chock full of weird ingredients that it sort of defeats the point but this looks so good.

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    Pam — March 21, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    If we are being honest, I could probably just drink that chocolate syrup and be happy. Yum!

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    Tina — March 21, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    Since I used to get in trouble for drinking that syrup when I was a kid, no doubt the homemade version is pretty addictive. I will have to whip up a small batch for milk and ice cream. It looks amazing. Glad you posted this one!

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    Honey — March 21, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    the photos are gorgeous. and surprisingly not too unhealthy (sugar doesn’t count). where can i purchase the chocolate.. the grocery stores don’t carry the really good brands, I use Ghirardelli since that is all I can find. Should I try Whole Foods??
    Thanks!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — March 21, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Honey – Thanks for your kind words. I answered your question about the cocoa powder in a response to another comment, above.

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    Sandra — March 21, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Oh, yes! I can’t wait to make this. Looks fabulous and easy. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 21, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Beautiful syrup!! It looks so rich and decadent!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 21, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    Georgia, this is amazing!! I love it :) So easy and so freaking’ delicious!

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    Wendy Wofford-Garcia — March 21, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    Homemade is ALWAYS best! I’ve made caramel sauce before, but never my own fudge sauce. Dangerous for me, but I may have to jump in with both hips and give it a whirl!

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    {Epicurean Mom} — March 21, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Whoa! I didn’t know it was so easy to make chocolate syrup! So much better then the processed store bought stuff. Beautiful post my dear!! xx

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    Janell — March 22, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    I happened upon your blog at the end of last year, and I just LOVE your recipes! Thanks for all the fabulous ideas – my house is a big fan of you!

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    Baker Street — March 22, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    Love the way its dripping down the strawberry. Gorgeous post G! :)

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    chefindisguise.com — March 22, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    I love how silky smooth it is
    I had no idea it was so easy to make, it is kind of dangerous

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    Choc Chip Uru — March 22, 2012 @ 6:01 am

    Your chocolate syrup definitely beats any seen in store – it is so perfectly warm and drippy and delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

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    thecompletecookbook — March 22, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Homemade chocolate sauce is the best. I add a pinch of cream of tartar and a wee little bit of butter too.
    :-) Mandy

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    The Cooking Actress — March 22, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    I make a version of this that I adapted from Annie’s Eats! My bf loooves chocolate milk :P

    I also wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! :) You can check here for more details: http://cookingactress.blogspot.com/2012/03/awards.html

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    Erin @ Brownie Bites — March 22, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    OH yes, homemade is always better, regardless of what you’re referring to.

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    Reeni — March 22, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    Who knew it was so easy? We should all have this on hand! I bet it’s divine.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 22, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    Delicious shots of the chocolate syrup!! yum!

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    Becki's Whole Life — March 22, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Oh, how fun! I will have to give this a try very soon!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — March 22, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    This is decadent and right up my alley.

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    Cucina49 — March 22, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    You can always tell a good homemade syrup because the consistency is so different from the corn-syrupy Hershey’s. This looks amazing!

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    Jenn — March 23, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    I always shut the fridge door before I started squeezing that heavenly chocolate syrup in my mouth!!! lol
    Great.. just what I need, a never ending supply of homemade chocolate syrup… I’m going to have to add an extra two miles to my morning runs!!

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    Baking Serendipity — March 23, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    There is nothing better than homemade chocolate syrup. Yours looks fantastic!

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — March 23, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    i bet the homemade version tastes so much better than the store bought one.
    Lovely photos Georgia

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — March 23, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    Oh Georgia…you have some amazing stuff here. I love to make things from scratch…and this is a perfect staple to have on hands at all time. It looks scrumptious! : )

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 23, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    This is delightful! Love the look of that sauce. I would go wild for it!

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    yummychunklet — March 23, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I’m so excited for strawberry season! This dip looks so tempting right now.

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    Bakeaholic Carrie — March 23, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Oh this looks fantastic! I’m craving all things strawberry with spring finally here! I’ll have to try this syrup to dip ours in after we start picking.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — March 23, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Looks fantastic! Especially with the strawberries!

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    Scarlett — March 24, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    This is a great recipe! thank you….so true about settling for the bottle of chocolate sometimes. I have been there. I will have to whip some of this up next time :)

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    Gourmantine — March 24, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Ah, this is great, and no bottled stuff will ever replace the real thing :)

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    mr. pineapple man — March 25, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    Yum yum yum! Looking delicious as always!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 25, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    I love how easy this chocolate sauce is and I’ll bet it tastes so much better than anything that’s store-bought.

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    Magic of Spice — March 25, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Oh my, I am now in the mood for chocolate sauce…this looks fantastic!

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    mjskit — March 26, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful idea! Sometimes all I want for dessert is a spoonful of chocolate syrup. :) Perfect!

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    Kelbel — March 18, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    Hi, I made this tonight. Hot, it was just as you picture it above. But it cooled and got crystalized and really grainy. Is that right? The taste was still good when mixed in milk to make chocolate milk, I just wondered if I did something wrong.

    • Georgia — March 19th, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

      Sorry to hear you had trouble once it cooled! No, it doesn’t sound like you did anything wrong but just make sure you’re not using expired products.

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    Cathy — May 18, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    Has anyone tried this with a sugar substitute such as Truvia or Splenda?

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