Homemade Chocolate Sauce

No need to buy the stuff off the shelf! You can make your own homemade chocolate sauce recipe with just a few pantry staple ingredients that will taste so much better than what you get in a bottle! Pour this chocolate sauce on ice cream or brownies. You could even use as a dipping sauce for fruit or even stir into milk!

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Ice cream in a bowl with hot fudge sauce poured on top

Delicious and Rich Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Did you know you could make your chocolate sauce at home in just 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients (including water?!) This chocolate sauce is ridiculously easy you’ll be wondering why you’ve bought it from the store!

This homemade chocolate sauce is perfect for when you have company over and need to whip up a dessert fast! It goes perfectly for dipping (think savory fondue) with diced pound cake and fruit. It’s also amazing on ice cream, brownies, pies, cakes etc. You name the dessert and I’m sure it will be 1000 x better with some chocolate sauce drizzled on top of it!

Homemade Chocolate Sauce in saucepan

Key Ingredients

All of the ingredients serve a purpose in making this a rich chocolate sauce recipe. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and added a pinch of sugar to sweeten it up a little bit.

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: The main ingredient for this recipe are the semi-sweet chocolate chips which are rich in flavor but not too sweet.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: The heavy whipping cream will make this homemade chocolate sauce so creamy and delicious.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt is also added to bring out the natural sweetness in the chocolate.
  • Sugar: Add as much or as little sugar as you prefer and always remember to sweeten to taste!
  • Water: Adding water to this sauce recipe will help it thin out a bit so it’s not too thick.
  • Corn Syrup: This ingredient will provide a nice gloss and help to create a thick, almost candy like shell to the sauce.


homemade chocolate sauce drizzled over a cup of ice cream with chopped walnuts on top

How To Make Homemade Chocolate Sauce

  • Begin by heating chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. The chocolate typically takes about 2 minutes to melt. (You do not want the chocolate to burn!)

semi sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream in silver saucepan

  • When the chocolate is melted stir in salt, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Stir to combine.

melted chocolate and heavy cream in a silver saucepan

  • Take off the heat and serve immediately.

Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce drizzled on top

Tips and Variations

  • If you are feeling creative add in vanilla, almond extract or even peppermint extract to your chocolate sauce recipe.
  • Alcohol (brandy or rum) make good additions too.
  • You can even use this sauce as a dip for fresh fruit.
  • Add some peanut butter or Nutella to the melted chocolate to add more flavor!
  • To make your own chocolate shavings, flash freeze this homemade chocolate sauce spread thin on wax paper, then crumble and use them on ice cream!
  • Change up the chocolate! Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate would work here.
  • Why do we add salt to the chocolate sauce? There is actually surprising science behind adding salt to sweets. Adding salt registers our sweet taste cell.
  • No corn syrup? Just double the water and the taste will be unaffected.

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftover chocolate dipping sauce in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.
  • Freeze cooled sauce in an airtight, freezer-safe container or plastic bag for up to 6 months.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until warmed through and pourable.

Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce and chopped walnuts

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Single Serving Chocolate Sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

A super easy recipe for homemade chocolate sauce for one that can be made in less than 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup


  • Heat chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Cook until the chocolate is fully melted stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  • Next stir in the salt, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Take off the heat and serve immediately with your favorite ice cream!
Nutrition Facts
Single Serving Chocolate Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Sauce, Easy Desserts, Hot Fudge Sauce, Ice Cream Toppings



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