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Chocolate Syrup – versatile & delicious. Make chocolate milk, hot chocolate or drizzle over ice cream. How about a fun fondue night? Cut up strawberries, berries, whatever fruit you fancy and use skewers to dip into a big pot of this homemade chocolate syrup.

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chocolate syrup on crepe
Chocolate Syrup on Crepes

A Different Kind of Chocolate Syrup

Since discovering my unfortunate sensitivity to processed sweeteners (looking at you High Fructose Corn Syrup), I’ve managed to cut most out of my life. I feel better, have less migraines and generally don’t miss too much. Except for my beloved chocolate. Thankfully, Zero Waste Chef posted this recipe for making chocolate syrup at home. I substituted monkfruit sugar for granulated so I can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate without a pounding migraine.

Monkfruit sugar doesn’t react like regular sugar, meaning it doesn’t quite melt. When it cools it crystalizes. Shake or stir to reintegrate into the syrup.

I adapted Zero Waste Chef’s recipe to fit my chocolate cravings — meaning I quadrupled it and slightly decreased the amount of sugar. I like the slight bitterness of cocoa powder to come through, which is why I decreased the sugar.

You can make this with granulated sugar, or maybe try a mix of brown and granulated. The brown sugar will probably give it a heavier body and more of a molasses/honey feel. At least, that’s my guess.

Try this syrup stirred into your morning cup of coffee or drizzled over waffles.

chocolate syrup on pancake
Chocolate Syrup on Banana Pancake

Cocoa vs. Cacao

According to All Recipes, the main difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder lies in the processing.

Cocoa powder is processed at a much higher temperature. At harvest, cacao beans are fermented to deepen both flavor and texture. After the fermenting process, the beans are milled and processed at a low temperature. Cocoa beans, however, are roasted after fermenting, which extracts much of the bitterness from the beans.

As a result, cacao powder yields a deeper, rich, more bitter chocolate flavor than cocoa. This explains why cocoa powder is often favored in baking cakes, brownies and cookies.

Ultimately, the choice comes down to your preferred flavor. For a sweeter chocolate, go for cocoa. For richer, bolder flavor, stick with cacao.

Chocolate Syrup Serving Ideas

For a perfectly sugar-free sweet breakfast, serve these Sugar Free Crepes with a hearty drizzle of Homemade Chocolate Syrup.

Simple Dairy-Free Crepes (Sugar-Free)
This basic crepe recipe is made with pantry ingredients, ready in 15 minutes and can be topped with anything your heart desires! The crepes are dairy-free, and can easily be made sweet or savory depending on your tastes. The almond flour makes these crepes more filling than the average crepe without weighing them down.
See the recipe notes for crepe topping suggestions!
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Add a chocolatey spin on this light and fluffy Strawberry Cake, made easily with muffin mix.

Strawberry Cake – Dairy Free
This quick and easy strawberry cake recipe uses blueberry muffin mix as it's base. Comes together in 15 minutes, with the help of some homemade strawberry milk for a super moist, luxe spring cake.
Check out this recipe

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This homemade chocolate syrup is free of artificial sweetners. To make it refined sugar free, substitute with monkfruit sugar.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate syrup, chocolate syrup recipe, homemade chocolate syrup
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Lauren Harvey



  • Combine water and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to dissolve cocoa powder.
  • Add sugar and salt to saucepan. Cover with lid and bring to a boil, watching closely. Whisk for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Once cool, put in desired container and refrigerate.


Recipe adapted from Zero Waste Chef.
  • For sweeter syrup, use 3 cups granulated sugar.
  • Keep an eye on the saucepan when bringing the mixture to a boil to avoid boil over!
  • Substitute sugar with monkfruit sugar to savor the rich chocolatey goodness without the sugar rush.
  • Use a combination of brown and granulated sugar for a richer molasses flavor.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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