Run out of Hershey’s syrup? No problem! You can make your own with this homemade chocolate syrup recipe. It calls for just four ingredients and comes together on the stove in just about ten minutes, making for a quick and easy sweet treat!
Use this chocolate syrup recipe to add great chocolatey flavor to your next Iced Mocha or Triple Chocolate Sundae. It’s also delicious stirred into hot or cold milk for hot chocolate or chocolate milk or used to dress up a simple Chocolate Banana Marble Cake.
If you grew up with the brown plastic squirt bottle as a regular feature in your fridge, you know the value of Chocolate Syrup. It’s delicious on so many things — milk, coffee drinks, ice cream, and even cake.
What you might not know is how incredibly EASY it is to make your own homemade chocolate syrup!
Why Make This
This Chocolate Syrup Recipe requires just four ingredients. Yep, all you need are water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Pretty much a line-up of standard grocery staples you likely have on hand all the time.
It’s cheap to make! At just 77 cents for a big batch of homemade chocolate syrup, this recipe is a bargain, less than what you’d pay at the store and without the preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
Make just what you need. If you’re not a big user of chocolate syrup, you can make just as much — or as little — as you need. Cooking from scratch is a great way to avoid food waste. Simply scale the recipe on the card by changing the number of servings.
Here’s what you’ll need to prep this Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe:
sugar – I use a fine grind raw sugar, but you can use regular white sugar as well. If it’s important to you to make the syrup vegan, pay attention to what kind of sugar you use.
cocoa powder – Be sure to use baking cocoa or cocoa powder, not hot chocolate mix. The latter has creamers and sweeteners added.
water – As in simple syrup, for this chocolate syrup recipe you need half the quantity of water that you use of sugar. For a coffee-flavored version, see our recipe for Mocha Sauce in which we use coffee instead of water.
salt – Salt helps bring out the flavor of the chocolate in this chocolate syrup. You don’t need a lot.
Variations – Feel free to vary the flavoring of this chocolate syrup recipe, by stirring in one of the following with the salt: ¼ teaspoon mint extract, vanilla extract, raspberry extract, orange extract, or ground cinnamon.
Here’s how to make Homemade Chocolate Syrup:
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. Add the water and whisk until the sugar and cocoa are completely dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a low boil and allow it to boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat as necessary so that it doesn’t boil over.
Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the salt and allow it to cool before transferring to a jar. Once cool, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For longer storage, transfer the syrup to a freezer-safe container with a lid and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and whisk to recombine before using.
FAQs & Recipe Costs
Homemade Chocolate Syrup is made with just four ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, water, and salt, all of which are naturally gluten-free.
Homemade Chocolate Syrup will harden or crystallize if it is cooked too long or too hot. You want to simmer the syrup for three minutes at a low boil. Do not go longer or you risk something harder than syrup.
You can use chocolate syrup wherever you would use a sweet sauce, such as on desserts like cake or ice cream, in Italian sodas or coffee drinks, or in chocolate milk.
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- sugar – $0.44
- cocoa powder – $0.32
- salt – $0.01
While your costs may vary depending on where and how you shop, you can expect to pay about $0.77 for a big batch of Homemade Chocolate Syrup, about 5 cents/ounce, at least half what you’d pay for Hershey’s Syrup!
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Chocolate Syrup Recipe
- 2 cup sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. Add the water and whisk until the sugar and cocoa are completely dissolved.
- Bring the mixture to a low boil and allow it to boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat as necessary so that it doesn't boil over.
- Whisk in the salt and allow it to cool before transferring to a jar. Once cool, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.