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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This homemade chocolate syrup comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you already have on hand. It’s delicious served warm over ice cream, like a hot fudge sauce. And it also makes perfect chocolate milk, just like the store bought stuff!

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This homemade chocolate syrup comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you already have on hand.

This homemade chocolate syrup comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you already have on hand.

This homemade chocolate syrup makes the BEST chocolate milk!

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • You will get some serious air bubbles in this chocolate syrup. Which doesn’t affect the taste at all, but it is frustrating when you’re trying to take pictures of it 😂 (just me?!). If the air bubbles irritate you as much as they do me, here are a couple of things I found to do that help:
    • Minimize whisking as much as possible. You’ll have to whisk some in the beginning to get those cocoa clumps smoothed out. But after that’s done, switch to a rubber spatula and gently stir.
    • Transfer the chocolate syrup to a gallon-sized ziplock bag (this is also useful for speed-cooling the chocolate syrup by placing the bag in an ice bath). Press all the air out before sealing the bag, and then simply press out air bubbles by working the bag with your hands.
    • Store the syrup in a squeeze bottle. The air bubbles aren’t as evident when you squeeze the syrup out (as opposed to spooning it out).
  • This syrup is really rich! A little goes a long way, which makes it especially cost-effective to make your own!
  • Use about 1 tablespoon of syrup to about 1 cup of milk for chocolate milk.

This homemade chocolate syrup comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you already have on hand.

This homemade chocolate syrup comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you already have on hand.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Delicious served warm over ice cream, like a hot fudge sauce. And it also makes perfect chocolate milk, just like the store bought stuff!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat until clumps have been worked out and mixture is smooth.
  2. Switch to a rubber spatula and stir constantly, scraping around the sides and bottom of the saucepan.
  3. As mixture gets hotter and starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium and continue to stir for another 1-2 minutes until mixture has thickened slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Store at room temperature for a few weeks, but store in the refrigerator if needing to store longer.

Calories 54 | Fat 0g | Saturated Fat 0g | Carbs 12g | Fiber 0g | Sugar 10g | Protein .5g

Nutrition approximated for 1 tbsp based on nutrition information for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

31 comments on “Homemade Chocolate Syrup”

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

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

  3. 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. 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. This looks fabulous Ashton! I want this BAD!

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

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

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

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

  11. Oooh, that looks delicious!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!!

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

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

    • 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…

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

    Tilly

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

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

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

  26. 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!

    • 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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