This Homemade Chocolate Syrup is overflowing with rich, delicious chocolaty flavor that you won’t get from the store-bought kind! It takes less than 20 minutes of hands-on time to make it!
This Homemade Chocolate Syrup will have you kissing a bottle of the store-bought stuff goodbye forever! After all, that artificial flavor doesn’t even begin to compare to the homemade taste of this syrup!
Stir this homemade Chocolate Syrup up with your favorite milk to make a tall glass of the best chocolate milk EVER! Or enjoy it as a topping on all of your favorite desserts!
Since a batch lasts for up to 2 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to figure out your favorite way to enjoy this chocolaty, sweet syrup!
Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
The two main varieties of cocoa powder are natural and Dutch. To bring the best chocolaty flavor to this homemade chocolate syrup recipe I used Dutch-processed cocoa powder!
Dutch-processed cocoa powder has a smooth yet mellow flavor profile. Allowing this syrup to have a rich, deep chocolate flavor with great color!
Whereas naturally processed cocoa has a sharp flavor profile that doesn’t provide the overall flavor we want in the syrup!
Therefore, I highly suggest using Dutch-processed to achieve the best taste when making this homemade chocolate syrup!
Tips & Tricks When Making This Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- Salt – This common pantry ingredient is an important ingredient! It balances out the sweetness in this recipe which allows the homemade chocolate syrup to not be sickly sweet!
- Vanilla Extract – To keep the taste of this chocolate syrup smooth, don’t skip the vanilla extract! Adding a tablespoon smooths it out while enhancing the chocolaty goodness in this recipe!
- Cooking The Syrup – When all of the ingredients are cooking in the pot, be sure to whisk often. This way, it doesn’t stick to the pot and burn. After about 10 minutes, the syrup should be nice and thick!
- Straining – I like to strain my syrup through a fine mesh sieve. That way, it removes any possible lumps to allow for the smoothest syrup possible!
- Cool Before Using – It may be tempting to enjoy this syrup right away. However, it’s best to wait for 1 to 2 hours before enjoying it!
Fun Ways To Use This Delicious Chocolaty Sauce!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using up this homemade chocolate syrup! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy it:
- Drizzle it on desserts like Classic Homemade Fudge Brownies, a warm Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookie, or a big slice of Peanut Butter Pie!
- Enjoy it as a breakfast topping along with Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream on a tall stack of Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes!
- Use it for homemade chocolate milk syrup! Your ice-cold chocolate milk is guaranteed to taste better when you use this homemade syrup over store-bought!
- Pour the finished homemade syrup into fancy bottles! Then add a homemade tag with a festive holiday ribbon and gift them away during the holiday season!
How Do I Store Chocolate Syrup?
Store this homemade chocolate syrup in an airtight container or tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator. The sauce is then good to enjoy for up to 2 weeks!
Can I Heat This Syrup Up To Enjoy It Warm?
Yes, you can pop some syrup in the microwave to heat it up before enjoying it. Instead of warming up the entire container of syrup, I’d recommend portioning it out into a small bowl.
That way, you only heat up what you plan to use.
Is This Chocolate Topping Similar To Hot Fudge?
While this topping does have a delicious chocolate flavor, the difference between it and hot fudge is the consistency. Hot fudge has a very thick consistency, while this one is thinner, like syrup.
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This recipe was originally published in December 2013 and was updated in November 2022 with fresh photos and content.
- Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.¾ cup water, 1½ cups granulated sugar
- Reduce heat to low and sift in the cocoa powder.¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- Then whisk in the vanilla, salt, and corn syrup.1 tablespoon vanilla extract, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- Continue to cook for about 10 minutes, whisking often, until it starts to thicken.
- Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any clumps.
- Let cool completely, about 1 to 2 hours, before using.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Nutritional information is an estimate per cup of syrup.
- Recipe from Alton Brown.