The Best Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

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The Best Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe. The syrup is rich and velvety smooth. It actually tastes like real chocolate, unlike many store-bought chocolate syrup varieties. Once you make it homemade you’ll stay hooked forever!

Use this tried and true recipe for hot chocolate or, cold chocolate milk, top your favorite ice cream, or make chocolate Tiramisu. Here is another recipe you will love Authentic Thick Italian Hot Chocolate.

chocolate syrup in Mason jar with drip.
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The Best Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Perhaps you don’t need a recipe for homemade chocolate syrup and you think Hershey’s chocolate syrup does the trick just fine. Raise your hand if you have a bottle of Hershey’s syrup 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. You will want to keep a container of this in your fridge at all times as we do. It is simply the best chocolate syrup recipe!

chocolate syrup in Mason jar with drip. Spoon inside jar.

Simple Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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Since there are only a handful of basic ingredients it is important to use quality products for the best result. We use all natural ingredients for this simple syrup recipe. My top choice is to use organic ingredients, if possible.

  • Water
  • Good quality cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fresh ground cinnamon
  • Salt

See the recipe card for quantities.

How to Make The Best Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe (step-by-step)

The process is simple. All you need is a small saucepan and a good whisk. That’s it!

  • Boil hot water and set aside. Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together in a saucepan. Wisk to combine.
Making hot water.
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  • Add hot water whisking constantly over low heat until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer at a low boil (about 8-10 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir the vanilla and cinnamon (if desired) into the syrup. You will know it is done when it sticks to the back of a spoon.
  • Serve warm or store and refrigerate until serving.
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Best chocolate syrup

The result is a wholesome syrup made without artificial ingredients. This homemade chocolate syrup recipe is better than any of the store-bought versions. It provides a rich chocolate syrup that the whole family will love.

chocolate syrup in Mason jar with drip. Spoon inside jar.

Cacao Powder Recommendations

Here is the link to the Cacao Powder I love for this recipe and all other baking. Here is more information about why I love this specific brand (this is not sponsored).

Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder raw cacao powder adds a rich taste and bold chocolate flavor without the unwanted sugars and additives commonly found in processed cocoa products.

  • Rich Chocolate Flavor
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan
  • Non-Alkalized
  • Fairtrade

Take your chocolate syrup to the next level and use quality cacao powder! It is a game changer.

The best part about making your own chocolate syrup… no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. This is a good reason alone to make your own rich chocolate syrup recipe.

chocolate syrup in Mason jar with drip. Spoon in cup.

Substitutions and Variations

Chocolate Milk. This homemade chocolate syrup recipe makes great chocolate milk. You can make it with regular milk, or any milk alternative.

Use water. You can also simply add hot water and you are set for a cozy cup of warm cocoa, or a cold glass of chocolate milk.

Milkshake. Add a small amount to your next batch of milkshakes!

Coffee drinks. the creamy texture of this syrup is a great option for coffee drinks. Use it in your next mocha recipe.

Sugar. Control the sugar content in this recipe by adding a little more or a little less depending on your preference. Try coconut sugar, or white sugar (granulated sugar) if you want to mix it up a bit.

Sugar-Free. Try using monk fruit cup for cup to make this a naturally sugar-free chocolate syrup recipe.

Jordan’s Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe Story

How it started

My husband Jordan grew up on chocolate milk with Hershey’s 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 parent’s 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 flashback in time and the passing on of a special torch.

Glass of chocolate milk with with syrup jar in background.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Tradition

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.

I was already in bed reading, but I felt like a child in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I was ready to dive headfirst into whatever made that luscious chocolaty smell. Ever since that night, he makes the 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. This is one of my favorite traditions.

He loves it and my children share that same love for a big glass of chocolate milk before bed. If you love chocolate milk and have 15 minutes it’s worth making. After making your own homemade chocolate syrup you won’t go back to the

chocolate syrup in Mason jar with drip.

How to store and serve

How to store homemade chocolate syrup

Store chocolate syrup in a mason jar or air-tight container in the fridge. Or, try this convenient squeeze bottle. It will last about 2 months.

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Serve your easy homemade chocolate syrup recipe as hot chocolate and serve with these irresistible BEST Old Fashioned Cinnamon Snap Cookies.

How to serve homemade chocolate syrup

This simple homemade chocolate syrup recipe is so versatile. You can always find a new way to use it.

Cold chocolate milk or Hot chocolate. If making hot or cold chocolate milk add 1-3 tablespoons per 8 oz of milk. It depends on how sweet you like it! Adjust quantity to taste.

Homemade chocolate sauce. This syrup is great as a hot fudge sauce for a big bowl of vanilla ice cream, or your favorite ice cream flavor. Try it the next time you make an ice cream sundae.

It is an easy favorite dessert topping for a simple chocolate cake.

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup (hot or cold)

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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.

  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup hot water water
  • 3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Boil hot water and set aside. Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together in a saucepan. Wisk to combine.
  2. Add hot water whisking constantly over low heat until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and stir the vanilla and cinnamon (if desired) into the syrup. You will know it is done when it sticks to the back of a spoon.
  4. Serve warm or store and refrigerate until serving.

Notes

Store chocolate syrup in a mason jar or air-tight container in the fridge. It will last about 2 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! Serve over ice cream, or use it as the liquid for homemade tiramisu

 

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. My dear Elena, I had a bad day at work and needed a little sweet kitchen activity to take my mind off things. You sure came through with this syrup. My husband and I put a puddle of your sauce in the bottom of our small dishes and dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream right in the middle. Food heaven. Thanks my dear friend.

    1. Kelly,
      I hope work improves for you! This syrup does cure a bad day in an instant. I love that you had it with ice cream!
      – Elena