Homemade Chocolate Sauce

This homemade chocolate sauce is PERFECT for making chocolate milk! I’ve also used it to drizzle over muffins and homemade kettle corn!

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Sauce

First, you’ll want to combine your sugar, salt, and water in a small saucepan.

Bring this to a gentle boil over medium/high heat. Be sure to stir it constantly so it does not boil over or scorch on the bottom. Always be cautious when working with sugar on the stove!

Once boiling, stir in your cocoa powder. Break up any lumps as you stir.

Remove from heat and add your chocolate and vanilla. Mix well. The heat will melt your chocolate and you should end up with a smooth chocolate sauce.

Transfer to your storage container. I keep mine in a half pint mason jar. It perfectly holds the amount of chocolate sauce this recipe makes. I store mine in the fridge, which causes the chocolate sauce to thicken quite a bit. However, I find it still mixes into milk very well when making chocolate milk.

Spoon scooping homemade chocolate sauce out of a mason jar with the lid leaning against the jar.
Spoon scooping homemade chocolate sauce out of a mason jar with the lid leaning against the jar.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

I primarily use this homemade chocolate sauce for chocolate milk but it's also great for drizzling over desserts!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 ounces


  • 1 Sauce pan


  • 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 1/2 cup water**
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate*** bakers chocolate, chocolate chips, etc.
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a small saucepan combine sugar, water and salt.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil over medium/high heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
  • Once mixture is gently boiling, add cocoa powder. Stir well, breaking up any lumps.
  • Remove from heat. Add chocolate and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a storage container and keep in the fridge up to three months.


*Sugar: I usually use brown sugar. You can use whatever type of sugar you like.
**Water: You could also use milk or coconut milk. Just keep in mind a dairy product may cause the chocolate sauce to go bad faster but it would be delicious!
***Chocolate: I usually use chocolate chips because that’s what I have on hand. However, keep in mind this recipe has sugar and chocolate chips do as well. That will cause your chocolate sauce to be sweeter versus using an unsweetened bakers chocolate or dark chocolate. Whatever your preference!
Keyword chocolate, chocolate sauce

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