homemade chocolate syrup

April 15th, 2010

homemade chocolate syrup

I got the idea to make homemade chocolate syrup a long time ago from my friend Lynn. I found an old Hershey’s Syrup bottle in her fridge stripped of its original label and bearing a sticker that said, “choc. syrup.” Naturally this piqued my curiousity, so I asked her about it. She laughed and said, “It occurred to me that I could probably easily make chocolate syrup at home for less money, and it wouldn’t have high-fructose corn syrup in it. So I looked online and found a recipe and made some.”

At the time, I had a brand-new bottle of store-bought chocolate syrup in my fridge. I figured when it was gone I’d wash the bottle and fill it with a homemade batch. I failed to share my plans with Troy, though, and the bottle got recycled when I wasn’t looking. Then my mom helpfully bought us another bottle of chocolate syrup on a trip to the store while she was visiting. And being my father’s daughter, I couldn’t just throw away a perfectly good bottle of chocolate syrup, so we used that one up. Then it was almost time for us to move, so there was no point in me making a batch of homemade syrup we’d just have to give away before we moved.

chocolatey goodness

A week or two ago we had a heat wave here. It was almost 90 degrees and sunny. We turned the A/C on and wore shorts and grilled hot dogs for dinner because it was too hot to turn the oven on. And my thoughts turned to a delicious SAJ-style iced coffee. But I didn’t have any chocolate syrup! So I made some.

still life after making chocolate sauce

It was super easy and it smelled absolutely divine while it was cooking. I had to keep reminding myself that it was boiling hot and I couldn’t just stick my finger in for a taste. And when it was all done, it made an absolutely delicious iced mocha for me and cold chocolate milk for Annalie. Now I just need to get a squeezy bottle for it so I can work on my swirly art.

you could eat it with a spoon yum!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Note: In place of the vanilla extract, I used a 6-inch vanilla bean. Once all the other ingredients were thoroughly combined, I cut the bean in half crosswise, cut each piece in half lengthwise, scraped the caviar into the saucepan and dropped the bean pieces in, letting them cook with the mixture. I fished the bean pieces out before pouring the slightly cooled syrup into a jar.

  • 1 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, and salt till there are no lumps. Add water and stir well.

Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, till syrup has thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly before stirring in vanilla extract. Store in refrigerator.

14 Responses to “homemade chocolate syrup”

  1. Natasha A. says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful!! How long do you think it would last in the fridge for?

  2. Madge says:

    Uhhhhh…YUM! That sounds really good, will have to try soon.

  3. BeachMama says:

    Oh yummy. I made some at Christmastime time to serve with the Croquembouche. It was divine, I had half a bottle left and it somehow disappeared from the fridge, not sure where it went ;)

  4. Kuky says:

    That sounds yummy. Is chocolate syrup what people put over ice cream? And yes how long does it last in the fridge? I rarely ever have chocolate syrup in the house (obviously since I don’t know how people eat it).

    And how do you make chocolate milk with it? Just mix it with milk to taste?

  5. Natasha & Kuky, I think it would last a long while in the fridge, at least a couple of months. I know I’ve made simple syrup (just sugar and water) before that lasted at least three months.

    And yes, you can eat it on ice cream…cake, pie, french toast, waffles, crackers, whatever. :-) You can also stir it into hot or cold drinks (like milk) to taste.

  6. Jenna says:

    LOL…I didn’t even wonder how long that might last in my fridge, because I knew it wouldn’t be an issue!!! Kinda like when I bought a friend a wine stopper and she looked at me like, really you don’t finish the whole bottle in one sitting??? I might have a slight chocolate “problem.” ;-)
    Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  7. Katrina says:

    Woah!! We just used up the last of our chocolate syrup and I was thinking to myself “I wonder if they make this with out the high fructose corn syrup or if it would be hard to make” No joke!! This is spooky that you wrote this! Anyway one question: (since I don’t consider myself a cook) what is good quality unsweetened cocoa powder? Oh and thanks for answering if it would last. :) That was my other question. Sweet!

  8. Katrina, you could really make this with ANY unsweetened cocoa powder, but the better-quality the cocoa, the better the syrup will taste, since this is pretty much just sugar and cocoa powder and water. :-) So if all you have in your cupboard is Hershey’s baking cocoa, use that. If you wanna splurge, you could get some Ghirardelli or Valrhona or some other fancy-pants brand. (I used Rapunzel Organic Cocoa, which happened to be what I had in my cupboard.)

    Rapunzel organic cocoa powder

  9. Deborah says:

    This would go great on those Ritz crackers with p-nut butter we were just talking about the other day……

  10. karen says:

    Note: this is also great with rum stirred in at the end, in place of the vanilla. I have a Mr. Yuck sticker on that version in my fridge, to keep the kids away from it. :)

  11. Katie says:

    About how long do you let this simmer? We made some tonight and it tastes great but my husband was not patient enough to reeeeally let it thicken up! Silly goose! Anyways, thanks for the recipe!

  12. Beth A. says:

    Made this this morning and I am fairly certain I will never need to buy a bottle of chocolate syrup again. Thanks for passing it on!

  13. Dominic says:

    I love the photo of it being eaten straight from the jar :)

  14. Yara says:

    finally making this… it smells SO good!