|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 19g|
|Vitamin C 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.|
This popular chocolate sauce takes only 20 minutes of cooking time. It's a simple recipe made with just a few common ingredients—cocoa, flour, milk, salt, sugar, and vanilla extract. After you sample this smooth, rich, and very chocolate-dense version, store-bought chocolate sauces simply won't taste the same.
The recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of chocolate sauce and keeps well for two weeks. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy it in many delicious ways. Warm the chocolate sauce to make a hot fudge sundae or serve it cold or at room temperature. Drizzle the sauce over ice cream or use it to dress up a chocolate chip pie or pound cake. It's also a great topping for chocolate chip pancakes.
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"Skip the store-bought Hershey’s syrup and make this delicious recipe instead. I had all the ingredients I needed already in my pantry—just cocoa powder, sugar and milk, plus a little flour, salt, and vanilla. It was an incredibly simple process that resulted in sweet, rich syrup that tasted nearly identical." —Danielle Centoni
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan, along with 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk to combine into a thick paste.
Whisk in the remaining milk and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. This can take up to 10 minutes.
When the sauce comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes, whisking often. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, and let the sauce cool.
Store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, covered.
Warm the sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop, if desired, and enjoy.
How to Use
Keep this sauce on hand throughout the year, as it is a low-fat treat, and a little bit goes a long way. There are many ways to enjoy its sweet, creamy taste:
- Use hot or cold on ice cream, cake, fruit, or other desserts.
- Blend it to taste with milk for a cup of chocolate milk, or warm up the milk for a quick hot chocolate.
- For a light dessert with a chocolate fix, slice a few bananas, sprinkle them with walnuts, and then drizzle some of this chocolate sauce on top.
- The chocolate sauce can be made with low-fat or even skim milk for a lower-fat treat.
- Add orange liqueur and a bit of orange zest for a chocolate orange sauce.
- Make a cherry bounce chocolate sauce by adding a couple of tablespoons of bourbon and some cherries.
- For a delicious chocolate mint sauce, add a little mint extract and chopped fresh mint leaves. Or, add some crushed peppermint candy.
- Give the sauce a mocha twist by adding 1 teaspoon of espresso powder.
What's the Difference Between Chocolate Sauce, Syrup, and Hot Fudge?
Equally tempting and made in the same way, a few ingredients make a difference between chocolate sauce, hot fudge, and chocolate syrup. Chocolate sauce is thickened with flour (sometimes cornstarch) but remains thin and pourable. Hot fudge is considerably thicker and includes butter, which gives it a slightly richer taste. Chocolate syrup is the thinnest of the three toppings; it's often made with water rather than milk and may use corn syrup as a thickener.