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An easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce recipe that uses 5-ingredients and one pot. This chocolate sauce can be drizzled over ice cream, to make milkshakes and be used as a dipping sauce for strawberries and churros. Making your very own rich dark chocolate sauce at home has never been easier!
Table of Contents
- ⏲️ How To Make It
- 🍦 How To Use It
- 🍫 Why You Will Love This Recipe
- 📋 Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
- 🥣 Step By Step Instructions
- 💭 Expert Recipe Tips
- 💬 FAQ’s
- 🥄 Related Recipes
- Recipe Card
⏲️ How To Make It
To make the chocolate sauce at home, all you need is water, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Heat these ingredients on your stovetop until it thickens into a delicious smooth chocolate syrup consistency. This dark chocolate sauce will thicken further as it’s refrigerated.
That my friends is how you make a simple chocolate sauce recipe using cocoa powder and maple syrup. You do not need to use butter or cream which makes this a vegan-friendly chocolate sauce recipe as it’s dairy-free. As this is a chocolate sauce with cocoa powder instead of a block of chocolate, it’s texture will not turn grainy.
🍦 How To Use It
You can use this quick homemade chocolate sauce recipe in so many ways such as pouring it over ice cream, in milkshakes, and hot chocolates, and it’s perfect to use as a chocolate dipping sauce for fresh fruit such as strawberries, bananas, and apples. If you enjoy a more indulgent dessert, try dipping warm churros into your homemade chocolate sauce.
To use this chocolate sauce recipe in hot chocolate, my recipe for The Best Hot Chocolate with Homemade Chocolate Sauce is rich and creamy. Try my Fluffy Pancakes or Blender Crepes and pour this chocolate sauce recipe over them for a delicious breakfast or dessert dish. This would also work great drizzled over a warm brownie topped with ice cream.
🍫 Why You Will Love This Recipe
- A quick and simple homemade chocolate sauce recipe.
- You only need 5-ingredients to make this delicious and rich sauce.
- A dairy free chocolate sauce that is vegan friendly.
📋 Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
Water: I prefer to use filtered water as the water is the largest quantity used in this recipe and your chocolate sauce will taste better with clean filtered water.
Maple syrup: Try to use the best quality of pure maple syrup you can get and afford. Preferably one that is just purely maple syrup without any extra sweeteners or preservatives added.
Cocoa powder: You can use either Dutch-process cocoa powder or regular natural unsweetened cocoa powder.
Vanilla: A good quality vanilla bean extract works well in this recipe.
Salt: Any fine salt will do, I like to use Celtic or regular fine sea salt.
🥣 Step By Step Instructions
1) This is how you make a simple chocolate sauce recipe. First, in a medium size pot, pour in water and maple syrup.
2) Turn heat to high and bring water and maple to a boil, whilst whisking. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low until it comes to a simmer.
3) Add cocoa powder and vigorously whisk through.
4) Then bring the mixture to a rapid simmer/soft boil, over medium heat. Cook mixture for 8-10 minutes, keeping a watchful eye on it to ensure it doesn’t boil rapidly or burn. It will begin to slightly thicken after 5 minutes. Whisk the mixture every 30 seconds.
5) To test it, coat the back of a spatula or wooden spoon and draw a line through the mixture with your finger, if the line stays, it’s done. NOTE: the mixture is on the thinner side so it’s ok if it hasn’t thickened completely during cooking as it will continue to do so in the refrigerator later on.
6) Remove from heat and whisk through vanilla and salt.
7) Allow to cool down slightly in the pot for 10 minutes. You can use this sauce whilst it’s still warm or store it for later.
8) Pour into a heat-proof glass jar, I use a mason jar. Pop on the lid and place it in your refrigerator for 2+ hours until it’s thickened up slightly. You can also leave it overnight before using it.
💭 Expert Recipe Tips
Use filtered water for a better-tasting chocolate sauce.
Using pure maple syrup without added sweeteners works best.
Be sure not to rapidly boil your sauce whilst it’s on the stove cooking. A slow simmer/soft boil is all you need otherwise it will thicken too fast and can burn.
This homemade chocolate recipe will continue to thicken as it cools and whilst it’s stored in the refrigerator.
If the sauce is too thick when you go to use it from the refrigerator, simply pour some into a small pot or heat-proof bowl and warm it gently on the stovetop or microwave to your desired consistency and temperature.
Store this chocolate sauce recipe in an airtight glass jar (mason jar) or Tupperware container for up to 2 weeks.