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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This Homemade Chocolate Syrup takes absolutely no time to whip up! It’s amazing served warm over ice cream and it makes the perfect chocolate milk just like your favorite stand-by chocolate syrup does.

But without all of the preservatives and artificial stuff.

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 My baby is turning 3 years old in a couple of weeks! So far, we’ve bought a Rapunzel dress, a Sleeping Beauty dress, a Snow White Dress, and a Belle dress. And matching shoes for all. Plus a miniature Ariel and Eric (the wedding set!). Never mind that we already have an Ariel, we didn’t have an Eric, and he only comes in a pair.

And all of that is just for her California party, on her actual birthday.

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Oh, that’s right my friends.

There are TWO parties. We’re having another one here in Virginia with my family and her friends before we take off for California! So she’s also getting an adorable pink tricycle. And, of course, a purple princess helmet. And a purple princess bell to go on the trike. And a big box full of goldfish crackers.

But let me tell you what the real kicker is: my husband’s 30th birthday is 11 days after hers (with Father’s day mixed somewhere in there), and I still have NO clue what I’m going to do for him. I don’t have any ideas for the gifts, for the celebration… nada.

Worst wife award. Right here.

I’m wondering if he’d accept a pitcher full of homemade chocolate syrup in lieu of birthday gifts?

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I was really, really wow’d by this chocolate syrup recipe! There are a lot of recipes out there, but I ended up going with this one from Sugar Bananas. I loved the simplicity of the recipe– you really can whip it up in a flash! And it seriously tastes like the real deal. Like, really really.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup


  • 3/4 C Water
  • 1.5 C Sugar
  • 3/4 C Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 T Corn Syrup


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a sauce pan over medium heat until smooth and shiny. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour into a jar or bottle for serving.
  2. Using a whisk instead of a spoon will cause LOTS of air bubbles (like mine!), but this doesn't affect the taste or texture at all.







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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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33 Responses to “Homemade Chocolate Syrup”

  1. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 am (#)

    First off…yum. Second…gorgeous photos! I love your posts! You are absolutely one of my favorite bloggers! What lens do you use?

    • Ashton posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:16 am (#)

      Oh my gosh, Mandy! You are way too sweet!!! Seriously.

      I use a 18-55mm. It’s just the stock lens that came with the camera :)

  2. carrian posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:14 am (#)

    I never buy chocolate syrup but my hubby and kids love chocolate milk. I totally want to surprise them now

  3. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:33 am (#)

    Your daughter sounds like a girl after my own heart with all of that Disney stuff! I love this recipe- it’s so simple and it looks and sounds amazing!

  4. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am (#)

    Yum! I love how dark and rich this looks! I’m like that with my gift-giving as well. My hubby can be tricky, but I can always think of a million things to get for my daughter. The real problem is narrowing it down to a reasonable amount :)

  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    This looks fabulous Ashton! I want this BAD!

  6. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm (#)

    Wow, that looks great! I’m definitely going to try it :)

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm (#)

    I love it! And you sound like me with birthday gifts for girls…

  8. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on May 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm (#)

    Girl, your photos are so awesome! And I’m definitely making this for my kiddo. YUM!

  9. Heather @ French Press posted on May 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm (#)

    AMAZING!! love this idea…my kids are going to love you too when I make it:)

  10. Aimee @ See Aimee Cook posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:16 am (#)

    Oooh, that looks delicious!

  11. Jennifer posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:44 am (#)

    I can’t get corn syrup here in Tunisia. Is there something else I can use instead?

    • Ashton posted on May 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm (#)

      Google how to make your own– I think it’s just a combination of sugar and water :)

  12. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm (#)

    What a great idea. I use the bottled chocolate syrup at my work all the time and I always think about making one from scratch- this is fabulous!

  13. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on May 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm (#)

    I am guilty of having a bottle of the chocolate store bought syrup in my fridge (hangs head sheepishly)! But I love the idea of making my own to have in a jar! And these are crazy awesome pics girl!!!

  14. kristi | ishouldbemoppingthefloor posted on May 19, 2013 at 12:27 am (#)

    We have a family friend who makes a similar syrup for us. Is there ANYTHING better? Your photos are gorgeous! YUM.

  15. Liz Fourez posted on May 19, 2013 at 8:03 am (#)

    I’ll take a giant glass and a straw please! Now that’s how you should make chocolate milk!
    xoxo Liz

  16. PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad posted on May 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm (#)

    Are you serious?? My kid goes insane for chocolate milk and you’re telling me I don’t have to buy that crap anymore? This looks too good to be true. Too easy. It’s getting done!

    Also, I found it funny how your daughter turned 3 and your husband turned 30 a few weeks later. My son and I are on the same cycle. He turned 3 in March and I turned 30 in April. Find something good for your hubs! If he’s like me, the big 3-0 will take an emotional toll on him. Happy Birthday to the little one!

  17. Andrina posted on May 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

    This looks so wonderful and I’m so glad I don’t have to drink chemicals anymore! I was wondering how long it keeps in the fridge?

    • Ashton posted on May 28, 2013 at 12:34 am (#)

      I don’t know yet. It’s been a couple of weeks and mine is still good :)

  18. Desiree posted on June 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#)

    I’m making this now…. Do I store in the fridge after? And how long do you think it would be good for?

    • Ashton posted on June 2, 2013 at 1:22 am (#)

      I like keeping it a room temperature! I’m not sure how long it’s good– ours has been in the pantry for 3 weeks now…

  19. Tilly posted on June 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm (#)

    I was wondering if we would be able to can this.


  20. Kim posted on June 4, 2013 at 4:25 am (#)

    I just made homemade chocolate syrup or the first time yesterday! I used a similar recipe – the only difference was no corn syrup. I love your photographs on this post!

  21. Joan posted on June 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm (#)

    ARGH! I just bought two bottles of the stuff – my daughter LOVES chocolate milk or hot chocolate. I cannot wait to try this instead! It will make great gifts as well. Can you please update when you figure out how long it can be stored (either refrigerated or not). Thanks!

  22. dakota posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Your photography is STUNNING!! I have been a photographer for thirty years and the first thing I noticed about this article was the incredible photography. Maybe a new career is ahead for you??

    I was just looking to make a chocolate syrup to go with my mochas every morning rather than using powder. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious posted on September 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm (#)

    How have I never made homemade chocolate syrup before?! That is changing very very soon!

  24. Elise posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm (#)

    Do you know if you can can this for long term storage?

  25. Cheri posted on October 6, 2013 at 10:45 am (#)

    This looks ahh-mazing!! Can you tell me approx. how many oz. or cups this recipe yields? Also, did you ever find out the approx. expiration or was it gone before it went bad? ;) I’m trying to decide if it would be possible to can it in order to extend the shelf-life. I’m a little leery of canning things with a low acidity because I only have a standard canner, not a pressure canner. I’m just thinking though, what great Christmas gifts this would make!

    • Ashton posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

      I fill an old Hershey’s Syrup bottle, and usually still have about 1/4-1/2 cup that won’t fit in the bottle…. sorry, that’s the best I can tell you! And we’ve yet to have it go bad yet! We keep it in the fridge. But I imagine it lasts for a looooonnnnnggg time, just based on the ingredients. There’s really nothing there to “go bad” anytime soon!


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