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Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe No HFCS or Dyes

4:17 PM
I have one child on the spectrum and one with Sensory Processing Disorder, so we avoid high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.  One will only drink milk with chocolate, and both like chocolate with their ice cream treat.  Even though they don't get it often, I wanted to make my own chocolate syrup recipe without any artificial ingredients.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare and only uses five ingredients!  The best part?  It tastes even better than store bought syrup!


  • 1/2 cup cocoa 
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1.  In medium to large saucepan, whisk cocoa powder and water.

It will clump at first.  Whisk until there are no lumps. 

2.  Heat over high heat and whisk until cocoa is completely dissolved.  
3.  Add sugar and keep whisking.
4.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Keep whisking.
See how it bubbled up?  That's why you need a big saucepan for 2 cups of syrup.  

5.  Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla.  Whisk again.
As soon as you remove it from the heat the bubbles die.  
(I filled the measuring spoon half way; the recipe is correct)

6.  Let cool completely.  Store in the refrigerator.   

I funnel the homemade chocolate syrup in a clean coffee creamer container, and it fits perfectly.  

Did I mention this tastes better than store bought?  Because it does!   Use it for chocolate milk, milkshakes or on ice cream.  Now my kids can have a little treat, and I don't have hyperactive, wild children an hour later.  Win-win.  


Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.