A classic homemade chocolate syrup recipe you don’t want to go without!

Perhaps you don’t need a recipe for homemade chocolate syrup and you think Hershey’s squeeze bottle does the trick just fine. Raise your hand if there is one in your fridge right now? Let me change your mind! This rich decadent syrup contains pure ingredients you can feel good about eating and the process takes a pinch of your time. We add a little sea salt and cinnamon to create a warm and deep flavor with a twist. Trust me, take an extra step and make your chocolate syrup. It takes 15 minutes and lasts for months in the fridge. The taste is unbeatable. Enjoy with hot or cold milk, milk alternative, and even as a topping for ice cream!

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Story: Jordan’s Chocolate Milk

My husband Jordan grew up on chocolate milk with Hershey syrup. He would make it every single night with his oldest brother, Tyler, and they would watch I Love Lucy reruns and fall asleep. When we were first married he kept the tradition alive and I always kept syrup and milk stocked for him. I even made my own rendition by putting the syrup and milk in the Magic Bullet to make it more frothy. I vividly remember the first time he made chocolate milk for our first child, Amelie. He sat on the floor of his parents kitchen floor with tears in his eyes as he watched her devour it. He proudly said, “my little chocolate milk buddy”. It felt like a flash back in time and passing on of a special torch.

The latest evolvement with the nightly chocolate milk is Jordan making his own syrup. It started late one night when he realized there wasn’t any syrup in the fridge. This was a National emergency. He got to work with sugar, cocoa powder, water and a saucepan. Shortly after the sound of clanging pots and utensils the house was filled with the strongest aroma of rich sweet sensational chocolate.

chocolate syrup and whipped cream

I was already in bed reading, but I felt like a child in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I was ready to dive head first in whatever made that luscious chocolaty smell. Ever since that night he makes he syrup in big batches and stores it in the fridge. He always makes it late at night, usually after realizing there isn’t any more syrup. I hear the whisk scraping against the side of the pan and I know I’m headed to chocolate coma dreams any minute. I love this tradition. I love that he loves it and my children share that same love for a big glass of chocolaty milk before bed. If you love chocolate milk and have 15 minutes it’s worth making.

Made with Amore,

Elena and Jordan

hot chocolate and cookies

Take your hot cocoa game to the next level and make your own syrup! It’s a homemade taste that can’t be beat.

The syrup is rich and velvety smooth. It actually tastes like real chocolate unlike many store bought varieties.

Hot Chocolate- cookies

Make with regular milk, any milk alternative, or just add hot water and you are set for a cozy cup of warm cocoa. Enjoy and share with LOVE.

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hot chocolate and cookies

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (hot or cold)

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American


This rich decadent syrup contains pure ingredients you can feel good about eating and the process takes a pinch of your time. We add a little sea salt and cinnamon to create a warm and deep flavor with a twist. Trust me, take an extra step and make your chocolate syrup.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together in a saucepan over low heat; whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat and stir the vanilla and cinnamon into the sauce. Serve warm or store and refrigerate until serving.


Store chocolate syrup in a mason jay or air tight container in the fridge. It will last several months.

*If making hot or cold chocolate milk add 1-3 tablespoons per 8 oz of milk. It depends on how sweet you like it! 


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