Homemade Chocolate Syrup

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 1, 2012

Chocolate syrup is one of those pantry staples that we just never seem to have in the house. Perhaps because it’s just too much temptation. Those graham crackers begging to be smothered in a thick layer of chocolate. The salty pretzels demanding to be drizzled in warm chocolate for an afternoon snack. Don’t get me started on the apple slices, calling out to be covered in rich, luscious chocolate sauce.

Mmmmm, chocolate sauce.



There are enough other forms of chocolate in the house, I don’t need one more temptation. Want, yes. But need, not really.

Yet every once in a while I need chocolate syrup for a recipe. For those magical Hershey’s syrup brownies. Or homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream (recipe coming next week). And there I find myself, stranded and not able to make the treat that I had been dreaming about all day long.

Sure, sure, I could drive to the store to buy some, but really, that’s way too much work.

Well, this time when the need arose, I was prepared ahead of time. With a little help from Alton Brown, my forever favorite chef and TV personality, I whisked up the tastiest, easiest, richest, darkest chocolate syrup in the world.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

It’s so good. So, so good that you can actually just eat it from the spoon. No graham crackers, pretzels, apples or even ice cream required.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Although, it’s really best served on top of ice cream. Brownie and cookie dough ice cream to be exact.

But then again, what isn’t best served over ice cream?

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

An easy, dairy-free homemade chocolate syrup recipe. You will never buy chocolate syrup again.


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


  1. In a small pot whisk together the water, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk in the cocoa powder and salt slowly. Continue whisking until the cocoa powder has completely dissolved (this can take a few minutes).
  3. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  5. Lower to medium heat. Whisking occasionally until it has reduced and is slightly thickened. There isn't a set amount of time as it depends largely on the heat and pan/pot and. Just watch closely.
  6. Pour through a strainer.
  7. Pour into a glass jar or squeeze bottle.
  8. Store in the fridge. Warm slightly in the microwave before using, it will thicken in the fridge.


Adapted from Alton Brown. I strongly suggest that you watch his step by step video.


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1 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 2, 2012 at 5:37 am

I love homemade chocolate sauce, and this one look perfect. Happy Friday!

2 Pamela / Pamela's Heavenly Treats March 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

loving this recipe, I will have to try this for my boston cream pie cupcakes next week. thanks

3 Jocelyn March 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

That is homemade chocolate sauce? It looks fantastic…I just want to eat that entire jar like now:-) Thanks for hosting the sweets!!!

4 Mrs. Jen B March 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

I LOVE Alton’s recipes – and I love the way he breaks things down so they can be better understood. Sometimes it’s difficult to “get” a recipe, why certain things work a certain way, why certain ingredients just don’t make for, well, good eats. 😉

5 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Looks like the best chocolate sauce I have ever seen! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!!

6 Run DMT March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

i would have never thought to make my own choclate syrup! That sounds silly, doesn’t it? But it’s true.

It’s been awhile since I’ve linked, because I haven’t had anything sweet to share. Today I finally do! :-)

7 Christa March 3, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi! Found your party on Picture Perfect Cooking. I’ve linked up my Mini Choc Cups with PB Frosting and added your blog to my Friday list of linky parties on my Places I Party page. Stop by and visit me sometime. Thanks for hosting!

8 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

Great idea! I’d rather let my little guy have this than the packaged stuff. Found your site from Sweet as Sugar’s Sweets for a Saturday.

9 Winnie March 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

Hi Allison
I’ve never made chocolate syrup at home and I think it’s about time, so thanks for sharing your recipte :0
I’m sharing today my “Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse”
Thank you for hosting this great party, and I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend

10 Jo-Lyn March 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

This looks/sounds amazing! Adding to my ziplist recipe box! Thanks!

11 Heidi @ homeingreece March 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

wow, thank you so much for this! chocolate sauce is not sold where I live (Greece) so I long ago gave up on having it around… never realized it was so easy to make – I have all those ingredients in my kitchen, I could make this RIGHT NOW… I’m bookmarking this. I may post about it if it turns out well for me, I hope that’s okay, I’ll definitely link back to you!!

12 Miz Helen March 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

All these goodies look so good! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Miz Helen

13 Jackie @ Nosh & Norge June 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Great recipe! So glad to have a homemade – and delicious – version of chocolate syrup! I’m sure I’ll be using this often :)

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