Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Let’s get back to basics with this rich, chocolate-y, and seriously delish Homemade Chocolate Sauce! Made with simple ingredients, ready in less than 10 minutes, and also has TWO kinds of chocolate. Yes, really. It’s so simple, but truly so delicious. Perfect for mixing into your morning cup of coffee, spooning over some ice cream, or just make yourself a glass of chocolate milk! There’s really no limit to what you can do with this deliciously simple chocolate sauce. SO. GOOD.

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About The Recipe

We’re calling all the chocolate lovers! This recipe is for YOU!

As a self proclaimed chocoholic, I can tell you that this is the only chocolate sauce recipe you’ll ever need. No more going out and having to buy it. No more kinda chemically flavors. Just real, extra delicious chocolate for all your chocolate-y dessert needs.

chocolate sauce in small jar with spoon

My mom and I have been been mixing this chocolate sauce into almost any dessert we can find! From using it to top ice creams, to mix into ice cream pies, and even into our coffee’s! There’s been so many chocolate-y desserts around our house that I think I might actually be in heaven.

Trust me though, this chocolate sauce recipe is the finishing touch you’ve been looking for! It’s SO good.

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Small Pot

Ingredinets

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Pieces
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Heavy Cream
  • Corn Syrup
simple syrup, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and heavy cream on marble counter

Instructions

Combine sugar and water in a small pot. Place over medium low heat and cook until sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly.

Pour the simple syrup over the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. Set aside.

In a clean pot, heat milk and corn syrup over medium low heat until it starts to bubble around the edges. Pour over the chocolate pieces and let stand for 2 minutes. Mix together.

Stir in the cocoa mixture.

Chocolate Sauce vs Hot Fudge Sauce… What’s The Difference?

This recipe is for a chocolate sauce. The difference between the two are the ingredients and the thickness. A hot fudge sauce is generally made from cream and butter, whereas a chocolate sauce is made from water and sugar (simple syrup!). This recipe thickens slightly as it cools, but it doesn’t need to be heated up to enjoy like a hot fudge sauce.

What Kind of Chocolate Should I Use?

With so many types of chocolate on the market, I’m sure it’s easy to get overwhelmed. No worries! We’ve tested and found the best. We highly recommend finding a chocolate that is a semisweet chocolate. This should read about a 64% on the packaging.

If you’re unfamiliar with what that means, the percentage on chocolate tells you how much of the bar is made from pure cacao beans. So, a 64% means that 64% of the chocolate has been made from ingredients found in the cacao bean. The rest of the bar is sweetener, fat, etc.

The next thing you need is a higher quality chocolate. I promise, it’ll make all the difference!

Chocolate Sauce Troubleshooting

Chocolate Pieces Didn’t Melt: This could be one or two things. Either the milk wasn’t as hot as it should be or you didn’t let it stand for a few minutes before stirring. This can be remedied by placing it in the microwave for a few seconds to re-heat.

My Chocolate Sauce Is Lumpy: Again, this could be a few things. Was all the chocolate melted? Was the cocoa powder fully incorporated into the simple syrup? If not, try sifting your cocoa powder beforehand to try and reduce the risk of lumps.

The Chocolate Sauce Thickened After Refrigerating: This is gonna happen and isn’t actually a problem! If you feel like it’s a little to thick to use, try microwaving it for a few seconds!

chocolate sauce with a spoon pouring sauce into the jar with chocolate curls, a white napkin, and glasses behind

What To Make With This Chocolate Sauce

The better question is what NOT to make with this! But, here are a few of our favorite things.

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Pouring it over ice cream (specifically vanilla!)
  • Turtle Ice Cream Pie
  • Drizzled over hot chocolate

How To Store

Once you’ve made the sauce, you can store it in a jar and keep in the fridge, or you can even store it in about 2 tablespoon servings! Whatever works best for you. Just remember it will thicken.

jar of chocolate sauce with spoon in it and chocolate curls around

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you let the chocolate stand for at least 2 minutes in the heated cream.
  • Don’t whisk the chocolate and cream mixture! Only use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir them together.
  • Don’t overcook the simple syrup!
  • This recipe will thicken in the refrigerator. If you would like a thinner consistency, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Use a high quality semisweet chocolate for this recipe. Anything darker may make this recipe too bitter. Anything sweeter might be too sweet.
  • This sauce also works as a dip for fruits!

When you make this Homemade Chocolate Sauce, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

chocolate sauce with a spoon pouring sauce into the jar with chocolate curls, a white napkin, and glasses behind

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Traci
Easy, simple, extra chocolate-y and SO delicious! This Homemade Chocolate Sauce is so much better than anything you can buy and it's the perfect addition to all your favorite desserts.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate pieces
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup

Instructions

  • Put cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Put chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour over cocoa powder.
  • Whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream and corn syrup until it is just starting to bubble around the edges.
  • Pour over chocolate pieces. Let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Stir together using a spatula or a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in bloomed cocoa powder.

Notes

  • Make sure you let the chocolate stand for at least 2 minutes in the heated cream.
  • Don't whisk the chocolate and cream mixture! Only use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir them together.
  • Don't overcook the simple syrup!
  • This recipe will thicken in the refrigerator. If you would like a thinner consistency, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Use a high quality semisweet chocolate for this recipe. Anything darker may make this recipe too bitter. Anything sweeter might be too sweet.
  • This sauce also works as a dip for fruits!

Nutrition

Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 3mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

When you make this recipe, remember to tag @abakers_table or hashtag it #BakersTable!
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