Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

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Making your own chocolate syrup is a simple process of combining five basic ingredients that most people have in their pantry.  Let’s briefly talk about the benefits of making our own, take a look at the recipe, calculate how much we save by making our own, then watch a video of how simple it is!

Why make your own chocolate syrup?

You may have your own reasons, but this is why we do it:

  • It increases our sustainability and self-reliance skills.
  • It saves us money.
  • It allows us to regain control over the taste and ingredients (no high fructose corn syrup!).
  • It serves as another loving homemade gift that we can give others.
  • It makes us feel good!

All of these factors come together to create an awesome feeling whether you’re eating the chocolate syrup on your ice cream, giving it away as a gift, or sharing the recipe with others.

Recipe for homemade chocolate syrup

Chocolate Syrup Recipe


Don’t be afraid to adjust these amounts to your liking!


Pour all ingredients except vanilla into a saucepan and stir until dissolved over high heat, bringing to a boil. Simmer for several minutes, stirring constantly. (Be very careful to continually stir and watch the mixture as it heats because it can easily boil over if you turn away even for a few seconds.) When the syrup coats a spoon, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow syrup to cool. As the chocolate syrup cools it will thicken more, so if it is already thick enough then bottle it, seal it, and stick it in the fridge. You can store the syrup in a pint mason jar, an old store bought chocolate syrup container, or any other container you like.

This recipe will yield approximately 10-12 ounces of syrup depending on how long you reduce the mixture over the heat.

Cost savings vs. store bought chocolate syrup

This is a rough calculation based on our costs… yours may differ so plug in your numbers for precise savings.  To reduce our costs we buy organic cane sugar in bulk, make our own vanilla extract, and only buy cocoa – in bulk – when on sale.

  • 1 cup of sugar = $0.25
  • ½ cup cocoa = $0.40
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract = $0.04
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt = $0.01

This puts our total cost of production at $0.70 for 10 ounces or $0.07/ounce.  Comparing that against an 18.5 ounce bottle of Hershey’s for $2.95 at $0.16/ounce gives us a net savings of $0.09/ounce.  Plus we feel really, really good about making it ourselves… and you can’t put a price on that!

Please enjoy this video of Betsy and I making our own batch of homemade chocolate syrup using this exact recipe!

Homemade chocolate syrup video

(If you cannot see this video in your email you can click this link to watch.)

Update: We now only boil the mixture for about 4-5 minutes. This results in a more syrupy consistency…not so fudge-like. You can also mix in about ¼ tsp. of baking soda while the mixture is cooling. This prevents sugars from crystallizing if the syrup is going to be stored in the fridge for more than a few weeks. It will foam a bit at first, but returns to normal during refrigeration.

Questions and comments

Share your questions, additions, subtractions, and variations in the comments below and be sure to share this recipe with others.


photo by eandlilsmom

About Matt Jabs

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  1. Leah says

    Can you make this with maple syrup or raw honey? Both are low glycemic so I’d prefer them over cane sugar…

  2. Mari says

    Hi all.

    I have just found this post and would like to know what you class as cane sugar? Is it ordinary white sugar, or a brown sugar or raw sugar? I am a Kiwi so not familiar with a lot of your products.

    PS, I love your blog and avidly read your postings. Cheers.

  3. Janine Jorgensen says

    I have been a Hershey syrup junkie my whole life but resent the fact that they use high fructose corn syrup. I use natural cane sugar in all my baking and any use for sugar and really appreciate your recipe. Thank you!

  4. diane says

    You guys so rock! I am going to make this very soon. We drink chocolate milk very seldom in my house so I don’t buy syrup to keep in the house but since my little 3 year old godson loves chocolate milk (he calls it Co-Milk) I will make this special syrup just for him and keep it here for when he comes to visit which is quite often 🙂

  5. Preeti says

    Can I use white or brown sugar instead of cane sugar . If yes, how do I adjust the quantity ? Pl. reply soon. Thanks.

    • Matt Jabs says

      Sure, but pure cane sugar is much higher quality, we recommend always using it. Not positive on the conversion but I’d say you’re safe using the same amount of white sugar.

  6. Ruth says

    Besides this chocolate syrup recipe being a good substitute for something my family really goes through, it has been great hearing the voices of the two of you! You never get the real sense of what people are like when reading their blog. You both are very down to earth on your video. I have learned alot from subscribing to your blog. God Bless and keep up the great work :o)

  7. Kerry Lowe says

    This sounds very tasty. I was wondering if there is a way to preserve the chocolate sauce that would not require refrigeration?

    • Matt Jabs says

      Considering none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated you’ll probably be fine keeping them out for awhile but I have no idea how long it will last. Perhaps you can try it and let us know.

  8. Shari says

    I was thinking of trying this with agave nectar rather than the cane sugar. Any thoughts?

  9. janice says

    We are trying to cut sugar out of our life. If we were to make this without sugar, would we decrease any of the other ingredients?


  10. Mona says

    This looks like a great, easy recipe. Do you know if it can be preserved? I make my own jam & salsa & can them. Things like this make great gifts for others also but it’s hard to do in bulk if it has to be refridgerated. I’ve been wanting some “cannable” syrup recipes for gifting but I don’t know if they exist.


    • Matt Jabs says

      Considering none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated you’ll probably be fine keeping them out long enough to go in gift baskets; I would just instruct the recipient to store it in the fridge when they get it home.

  11. Martha B says

    This syrup is so good and easy. I just made some, except I added another 1/4 cup of cocoa, because I like it dark. I did a side by side comparison with Hershey’s syrup, using 1 tablespoon of syrup in 4 oz of milk. The homemade kind was so chocolatey, I had to add another 2 oz of milk. I love that I can control the amount of sugar and cocoa, and there is no high fructose corn syrup. Next time, I plan on cutting back on the sugar a bit and seeing how that turns out. Thanks for a great recipe.

  12. Carla Poorman says

    You guys rock!! I just so happened upon your website last fall when looking for a homemade laundry soap recipe that my neighbor friend was using. I love making my own products too. The soap works fantastic and is so cheap. Plus I know what is in it. This chocolate syrup looks yummy!! I’m a Type 2 diabetic and was wondering if I could use Stevia in place of the sugar? I think you two are awesome and high fives to you for your self sustainalbe efforts. I love this website and if I ever need a recipe for anything I want to make myself, you’re my “Go To” place. Keep up the fantastic work!


    • Matt Jabs says

      Thanks Carla, your encouragement means so much to us! We have not tested stevia, but I’m guessing it would be harder to thicken since you have to use so much less of it and it’s not “syrupie.” If you try it let us know how it turns out. God bless and thanks again.

  13. Anna says

    Great recipe! I can’t wait to try it. It looks yummy! And I am all for eliminating the corn syrup, too. I was cringing at the use of the non-stick pan, though. I just learned about the extreme dangers of using those and now find my self cringing as I toss my barely used set out while I get new-used ones at the flea market. The dangers are so extreme, it isn’t worth keeping the set I have. I strongly suggest googling the dangers of teflon.
    Also, just a hint, when measuring the organic/unprocessed sugar, I have found that it weighs heavier than white sugar. That would explain part of the reason of having to use less. Mine takes approximately 2/3 of a cup to equal, by weight, the same as the weight of 1 cup of white sugar. I would also mix the salt, sugar, and cocoa together, then slowly blend in cold water to form a smooth paste, then very gradually add the water, stirring each time until it is smooth. I mix my hot chocolate like this and it comes out oh so smooth.

  14. kesondra key says

    Hey! i just made this but im waiting for it to cool down right now :] but i watched you video and i have an idea for you to use or tell people about on the funnel. you can just cut a bottle in half and use the opening as one 😀 it’s what i did! i am making your laundry soap tomorrow (i have an HE washer) i really love this site, ive been looking for one for a long time! thanks for being there.

  15. Milissa says

    This recipe is great! I made it today and it was taste tested and approved by my 2 nieces (ages 9 & 3). I LOVE chocolate milk and it certainly passes my test. I look forward to saving money and making something for my family that I know exactly what the contents are. Thanks so much!

  16. Klondike says

    Thanks for the great recipe. We just made it, and it turned out swell. One more reason to make our own: we can control where the cocoa comes from. We saw a movie at our church about the slavery conditions under which a lot of chocolate is grown and harvested. Now I always buy fair trade cocoa and feel a lot better about it, but I didn’t know how to make syrup from it until now!

    • cindy says

      I was looking to see if anyone was going to mention this ‘slave farm’ thing with the cocoa industry. We only buy Fair Trade chocolate and cocoa, and I can’t wait to try this recipe with my FT cocoa! (Btw, I did a lot of research, wrote letters and most Western candy manufacturers just look the other way when buying from their sources. M&M/Mars and Hershey are the worst offenders..zoiks. )

  17. Angie says

    Thanks so much for your fantastic at home version of foods, and detergents. I’ve been wanting to try this for some time, but couldn’t find a blog dedicated to it, incase of questions or helpful hints along the way…I’m glad that I ‘accidentally’ found your site! can’t wait to try this! I just ran out of the herseys so its a perfect time to make my own!

  18. Deaf258 says

    I just made this recipe twice. I used raw cacao nibs in a Magic Bullet blender with 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder to help reduce the caking of the ground nibs. It’s SOOOO good! I actually prefer the nibs than using straight-up cocoa powder.

  19. LavandulaLady says

    Here’s a tip for easier blending: stir the sugar & cocoa powder together till evenly blended, then stir in the water and begin to heat. You won’t need a whisk! 🙂

  20. Christina says

    Wow, great job!!! You guys make a great team!! Was very impressed with this video! I think I will have to try this recipe out! 🙂

    • Matt Jabs says

      Yeah, it will keep longer in the fridge but I suppose you can keep it outside of the fridge if you want, we haven’t tried that yet. It’s basically just sugar and cocoa… both of which are normally kept outside the fridge.

  21. Karthik says

    Great job Betsy. You are a natural. 🙂

    Matt, save some syrup for me. Miss those sundaes, you two make the best.

    • Matt Jabs says

      Ha ha… come over anytime K-man! Betsy said thanks and that she didn’t even have any formal training or anything. 🙂

  22. Bethany says

    I have a recipe almost like this one! Just a quick tip – if you want to make up a bigger amount and store it for a few weeks the sugars can crystallize sometimes, so I have found that adding just a bit of baking soda helps. It makes it foam up a lot though, so I make my chocolate syrup in a pot that’s a bit bigger than you’d expect. I like to store it in a canning jar… easy peasy!

  23. Mom says

    Wow! Betsy is star material! Great first effort! And that is a GREAT looking stove you are using in there! 🙂 I loved the last shot of the ice cream sundaes! That really motivated me to make my own chocolate syrup just so I could have a sundae! Love you both!

    • Matt Jabs says

      Isn’t she though. 🙂 Yeah, that stove has been such a blessing to us – thanks again for the gift mother. I love you!

  24. Matt says

    Just in time! About to break out my ice cream maker for the summer. I’m guessing this will get put to memory before too long. Georgia summers are impossibly hot.

  25. Chris @cfcents.com says

    Great job on the video Besty! You too Matt 🙂

    My mother used to make a similar chocolate syrup as a kid and I loved it.

    The only question I have is, when are you going to invite me over for a ice cream sundae!