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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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 cups water
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • 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.
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