Make Ahead

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

March 28, 2014
4 Ratings
  • Makes about 1/2 cup
Author Notes

I love chocolate milk and can drink it like a kid at summer camp. When I realized I could make simple, all-natural chocolate syrup at home, and that I could stir it into whole milk while my dairy-free husband stirred his into almond milk -- well, then there was no stopping me. Cheers! —Cara Eisenpress

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar, or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely-minced bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Milk (whole or dairy-free) for serving
  1. Combine the water, sugars, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the cocoa and sugars. When it reaches a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently, until syrupy. Turn off the heat and add the minced chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute, then add the vanilla and salt and stir until even.
  2. Let cool to room temperature, then stir into milk in your preferred proportion. (I recommend a lot of syrup to a little bit of milk, but that’s just me!)

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  • Jennifer Rinde
    Jennifer Rinde
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  • Cara Eisenpress
    Cara Eisenpress
  • Sarah Jampel
    Sarah Jampel
I'm the founder, editor, and head chef at the blog Big Girls, Small Kitchen (, a site dedicated to easy-to-execute recipes and stories from a quarter-life kitchen. I'm also the author of In the Small Kitchen published in 2011.

15 Reviews

Jennifer R. August 11, 2022
This recipe is simple, easy and so delicious!
Rachel February 8, 2022
This chocolate syrup was a life saver when I had to give my young son a bitter tasting medication. I crushed the pill and mixed it with the chocolate syrup. Perfect! We got through a couple of months of this awful medication as easy as can be.
elseeuw December 9, 2014
Or double sugar and added dried chilies. Very nice.
mbj913 April 4, 2014
interesting that you add some chocolate at the end. i make a similar recipe with just sugar, water, ducth cocoa and esresso powder, but hadn't thought about the chocolate shavings.
mbj913 April 4, 2014
espresso powder.
Cara E. April 7, 2014
It really helps bring out the chocolate flavor--and richness.
kara April 4, 2014
I love your pan..... Can you tell me the brand and if it is old or new?
Cara E. April 7, 2014
it's mauviel! maybe 2 years old, so I think that counts as new.
kara April 7, 2014
twinwillow April 2, 2014
Good bye, Hershey's.
Cara E. April 3, 2014
Maya April 2, 2014
I saw this recipe and practically ran to the kitchen to make it. I used a dark unsweetened cocoa, added an extra spoon of sugar and stirred it into lactose free milk, its Perfect. Thank you! :)
Cara E. April 3, 2014
Wonderful, just what I intended. You're welcome!
Heidi M. April 1, 2014
Perfect. How long will this last in the fridge, if it should be stored there?
Sarah J. April 2, 2014
One month in the fridge!