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, brownies, or even stir into milk!

Love chocolate? Then you must try my Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters and my favorite Chocolate Cake!

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

What To Do When That Chocolate Craving Hits

This recipe was sporadic. Just like my life. Spur of the moment changes mess with a control freak like me but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

It was 9 p.m. on a Friday night and I wanted something sweet. There were no cookies, cakes, or cupcakes around. All I had to my name was some vanilla ice cream. When you are in the mood for chocolate, vanilla just doesn’t seem to cut it.

I decided to accompany my ice cream with some warm chocolate sauce. I searched the internet for an easy chocolate sauce recipe. Unfortunately there was only one problem. I did not have cocoa powder which the recipe required. I searched the cupboards up and down for cocoa powder. Nothing. I almost sat back down on the couch in defeat before I remembered my semi-sweet chocolate chips tucked away in the back of the cabinet for desperate moments like this. That’s when my experiment began.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce in saucepan

Key Ingredients

All of the ingredients serve a purpose in making this a rich chocolate sauce. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and added a pinch of sugar to sweeten the sauce. Add as much or as little sugar as you prefer. Always sweeten to taste! A pinch of salt is also added to bring out the natural sweetness in the chocolate. There is actually surprising science behind adding salt to sweets. Adding salt registers our sweet taste cell.  Who knew? I also added water to thin out the sauce and corn syrup to provide a nice gloss. Corn syrup also helps to create a thick almost candy like shell to the fudge sauce.

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

How To Make It

  • 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.
  • Take off the heat and serve immediately.

melted chocolate and heavy cream in a silver saucepan

TIP: No corn syrup? Just double the water! The taste will be unaffected.

Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce drizzled on top

Tips and Variations

  • If you are feeling creative add in vanilla or almond extract to your chocolate sauce. Alcohol (brandy or rum) make good additions too. You can even use this sauce as a dip for fresh fruit. This recipe is very easy to double or quadruple.
  • Add some peanut butter or Nutella to the melted chocolate to add more flavor!
  • Flash freeze this homemade chocolate sauce spread thin on wax paper, then crumble to make your own chocolate shavings and use them on ice cream!
  • Change up the chocolate! Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate would work here.

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftover homemade chocolate sauce in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.
  • Freeze cooled chocolate 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!

Recipe Notes

Originally published May 5, 2014. 

Note: If you do not have corn syrup on hand sub it out and double water amount. It will not sacrifice taste.

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