Chocolate Sauce

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Make your own homemade Chocolate Sauce to keep on hand for drizzling on your favorite desserts!

Chocolate Sauce in a jar

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Sure, you can buy chocolate sauce, chocolate syrup or hot fudge at the store.  It’s easy.  It’s right there on the shelf by the ice cream.  And you’ll probably be just fine with it.  OR, you can make homemade chocolate sauce (super easy to do), and you’ll discover how much better it tastes! This recipe makes 3 cups.  You can keep it around in the fridge for three weeks.  Or you can share some of it with friends or neighbors.  It’s delicious!

In the recipe below, I share that the serving size is two tablespoons.  That gives you enough to drizzle on your ice cream or another favorite chocolate-drizzling dessert.  Admittedly, I’d add more than two tablespoons myself… but that’s totally up to you.  It’s dessert… so it’s a special treat, right?  Add as much chocolate sauce as you want!

Chocolate Sauce drizzled on top of ice cream

What are some ways to use chocolate sauce in desserts?

My number one favorite way to use chocolate sauce is to drizzle it on top of ice cream, of course.  That’s the obvious choice!  But if you really want to be in on the best secret ever… heat up a brownie so it’s nice and warm.  Then top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  And top that with this homemade chocolate sauce.  You can thank me later.

Also consider drizzling chocolate sauce on top of a peanut butter pie or an ice cream pie.  Use it in a milkshake or a layered trifle.  Drizzle on top of cupcakes.  Stir chocolate sauce into warm milk to make hot chocolate.

Chocolate Sauce drizzled over a cupcake

How to store chocolate sauce:

This chocolate sauce will keep just fine in your refrigerator for about 3 weeks.  You can keep it in any kind of covered container.  Just take it out when you need some or crave some, spoon out what you need and put the rest back in the refrigerator.

If you’re one of those people who likes to store things like this in cute containers instead of plastic tubs, look for glass jars at your market.  Though they’re probably a little cheaper at places like Walmart or Target.  Or grab a few on Amazon and have them delivered so you don’t have to go looking for them.  Here’s a set of 12 jars on Amazon that have cute labels.  Then you can consider sharing some of this delicious sauce with others!

jar of Chocolate Sauce

Is this like hot fudge?

It’s pretty thick like hot fudge, so if you want to serve it warmed-up then I think you’ll be pretty happy with the results.  I do have a recipe for “actual” hot fudge here: HOT FUDGE

If you’re looking for more chocolate dessert recipes, you might like to try some of these:


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Chocolate Sauce

Delicious sauce to have on hand for drizzling on your favorite desserts!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 24 servings (3 cups-- 2 tablespoons per serving)
Calories 147kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate sauce recipe, chocolate sauce,, easy chocolate sauce recipe


  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • cups granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water); add the sugar, butter and cocoa. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved into the melted butter and chocolate. Add the cream and cook 10 minutes longer, stirring constantly, and then slowly stir in the vanilla. NOTE: the mixture will look really grainy just before the heavy cream is added. It comes together as soon as the heavy cream is stirred in.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. This can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks.



  • *If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of chocolate and vanilla that are known to be GF.
  • *When the cream is added, if it has the appearance of curdling- do not be alarmed! It will eventually become smooth.


Serving: 1serving (2 tablespoons) | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • Rhi wrote:

    This is so good!!! Definitely better than store bought! Thanks for the recipe! I can toss the other chocolate sauce recipe in my trash bin!

  • Irene Jack wrote:

    I made this today and it turned out lovely. I also added a tablespoon of golden syrup as I wanted the sauce to be Free flowing. It Worked treat. Many thanks for the recipe.

  • Ammanda wrote:

    Does it matter in which order I add the butter, sugar and cocoa? My attempt has looked grainy the whole time I’ve been simmering it. Thank you!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      No, those three ingredients are added at the same time. Did it turn out grainy?

  • Toni wrote:

    This was SO good!! And very easy to make! Thank you!

  • Sommer wrote:

    I want to put this chocolate sauce on everything! It’s to die for!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    I hope it’s acceptable to just eat this with a spoon! It’s that good!

  • Liz wrote:

    Perfect for ice cream sundaes, plus enough leftover to drizzle on brownies and more!