This incredibly easy homemade chocolate sauce is the perfect topping for all your favorite desserts! Make it without any corn syrup in less than 15 minutes! You won’t go back to buying store-bought ever again!
Don’t you just want to lick that spoon?!?!?
This homemade chocolate sauce is AMAZING!
It’s NOT to be confused with hot fudge, which is usually made with butter and cream. This chocolate sauce is like the popular syrup you would buy in a bottle, only MUCH BETTER!
It’s thick, but pourable!
It’s silky smooth!
It’s sooo delicious and rich in flavor!
There is absolutely NO corn syrup in it!
I’m not totally against using corn syrup in baking (because there is a difference between corn syrup and high fructose syrup), but I always prefer simple, easier methods, which include few ingredients and produce excellent results.
This recipe is one of them! Perfect, chocolate sauce with basic pantry ingredients!
Why you’ll love this homemade chocolate sauce recipe
- You know EXACTLY what’s in it! There are only 4 ingredients and NONE of them are artificial!
- It’s super inexpensive and remarkably easy to make!
- It tastes so much better than store-bought chocolate sauce or syrup!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
I use good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder. I prefer Dutch processed cocoa powder, but you could use natural cocoa powder, instead.
I use granulated white sugar. You could adjust the sugar by using more or less, depending on your preferences.
I use a pinch of salt to enhance the chocolate flavor.
I use it because I like my chocolate syrup on the thick side, but if you don’t want it too thick, you can omit it altogether.
I use water instead of cream or milk so that the syrup lasts longer.
HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE SAUCE IN 3 EASY STEPS
Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, water, and salt over medium high heat. Stir constantly until it begins to simmer.
In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
Add the slurry to the saucepan and stir until it thickens. If it gets too thick, just add a few teaspoons of water and whisk together.
- Add a shot of your favorite liquor.
- Use light or dark brown sugar for a more caramel flavor.
- Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- Make it spicy! Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a Mexican twist or a dash of black pepper for an ancient Greek twist. Yes, you read that right! (Check out my post where I explain it!)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does it take to make?
It takes about 10 – 12 minutes to make this chocolate syrup. Then you need to wait about an hour for it to cool down before storing it.
What can you use it for?
There are SO many ways you can use this homemade chocolate sauce. Here are a few of my all-time favorites:
- Stir it into hot or cold milk.
- Stir it into coffee.
- Dip cookies in it.
- Drizzle it over buttered toast topped with cinnamon. OMG! It’s one of my faves for breakfast!
- Drizzle it over your favorite desserts, like ice cream, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, or warm brownies.
- Drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
- Pour it over your favorite fruit salad.
- Impress your guests by drizzling some on a plate before serving your favorite dessert for a fancy, gourmet food styling presentation!
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Try and get the best quality unsweetened cocoa powder you can! I use Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a more intense flavor. Check out my post here to learn about the difference between Dutch-processed cocoa powder and natural cocoa powder.
- Make sure you stir it constantly to prevent it from burning.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE AMAZING CHOCOLATE RECIPES YOU MAY WANT TO TRY:
Let me know how this Homemade Chocolate Sauce turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce (Vegan + Without Corn Syrup)
- 1 cup (110 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 1 cup (250 ml) water
- a pinch of salt
For the slurry
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons water
- In a saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and the cup of water over medium heat.
- Stir constantly until it begins to simmer.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
- Add the slurry to the saucepan and stir until the syrup thickens. If it gets too thick, just add a few teaspoons of water and whisk together.
- Serve warm or allow it to cool completely (for about an hour) and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.