Chocolate Mint Syrup

Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, gold spoon
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
41 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chocolate mint denotes both the flavor and the mint variety used in this recipe for homemade chocolate mint syrup. If you don't have access to chocolate mint, it is common to use spearmint in culinary creations. Peppermint may be substituted but can carry a flavor too intense for cooking; use with reservation.

Mint is a convenient and delicious way to add benefits to any sugary creation. Mint is largely known for helping ease digestion discomfort. Throughout history, we largely see mint being used in magic and medicine and not for culinary use.

But have no fear, this minty chocolaty concoction is nothing less than magical in taste.

Try this syrup in milk or to flavor coffee, as a dessert sauce for cake or ice cream, or over fresh fruit.


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 3/4 cup cold water

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 30 fresh leaves chocolate mint, or regular mint, rinsed, patted dry, and torn into pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cocoa powder and cold water, and whisk together until smooth.

  3. Without putting over heat, add the sugar and torn mint leaves to the cocoa and water mixture.

  4. Now place the saucepan over medium heat.

  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to melt the sugar. As soon as the syrup begins to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. The mixture should begin to thicken in texture and have a glossy tint. Be careful as to not burn the mixture. 

  6. Once simmered to a thick consistency, remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  7. When the syrup has cooled to near room temperature it is ready to be strained.

  8. Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the syrup into a clean glass jar, carefully to remove any ingredients that may have clumped during the heating and cooling process. (If you do not have a sieve or want the authentic taste of an inconsistent texture, simply skip this process.)

  9. Lastly, cover the jar and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. If the sugar starts to crystallize, it may be time to make a new batch. To make it last, simply reheat before using. 

  10. When ready to use drizzle over your favorite desserts, or make your traditional hot chocolate with a twist, or simply add to your baked goods for a minty surprise.

  11. Enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Other variations of the recipe include adding citrus zest such as orange or lime.
  • Chili powder such as ancho or aleppo can also add a different acidic and spicy flavor to the chocolate.
  • Salt can also be garnished on top of the drizzle for a sweet tangy taste. For example, drizzle the syrup on ice cream and sprinkle a smidgen of salt on top.