This 2 ingredient Homemade Chocolate Syrup recipe is great to have on hand all year round so that you can quickly make a cup of chocolate milk or hot chocolate whenever the craving hits! Oh, and did I mention it takes 5 minutes to make?
I don't know about you, but I definitely remember the days of squeezing way too much Hershey's Chocolate Syrup into my milk to make chocolate milk growing up. Even as an adult, I still love chocolatey drinks. I often have a batch of homemade chocolate oat milk in my fridge or am making dairy-free ice mochas for a little afternoon pick me up. Since I love chocolate milk so much I've started to make my own homemade chocolate syrup and it makes the most delicious, refreshing dairy-free chocolate milk in just minutes!
Why You'll Love This Recipe!
- This homemade chocolate syrup only requires 2 ingredients (plus water) and about 5 minutes to make. I don't know a recipe that's much easier than that!
- I love to have this chocolate syrup on hand because it's so versatile. It can make chocolate milk, iced mochas and homemade vegan hot chocolate in minutes. It also tastes amazing drizzled over no churn vegan ice cream.
- Coconut sugar works great in this recipe for a more natural sweetener that doesn't give me a big sugar rush.
- Cocoa powder - Cocoa powder is unsweetened chocolate powder. The only ingredient should be cocoa powder.
- Sugar - Any kind of dry sugar will work in this recipe. I usually use cane sugar or coconut sugar.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
- Cocoa powder - Any brand of cocoa powder will work. You can also use cacao powder!
- Sugar - I've only tried this recipe with dry sugar such as coconut sugar or cane sugar, but you could use a liquid sweetener such as maple syrup instead.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup
- Step 1: In a mason jar or mixing bowl, mix together some sugar and cocoa powder.
- Step 2: Add hot water a little at a time, stirring after each addition, until a syrup forms.
- Step 3: Store this homemade chocolate syrup in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
How to Make Chocolate Milk with Homemade Chocolate Syrup
Step 1: Make the chocolate syrup.
Step 2: Pour your favorite milk into a glass with ice.
Step 3: Drizzle in your homemade chocolate syrup.
Step 4: Stir well and enjoy!
- Be sure to whisk your cocoa powder, sugar and hot water together really well so that you don't have any clumps in your homemade chocolate syrup.
- I love to use an immersion blender to blend my chocolate syrup into my non-dairy milk before adding ice. This makes the chocolate milk super smooth and well combined. If you're making a large batch of chocolate milk, you can always use a blender as well!
There are a few versions of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, one of which (so I hear) only contains 5 simple ingredients and doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup. However, the more common Hershey's syrup that you'll find contains high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, cocoa, and sugar.
I wouldn't consider it real chocolate, but instead would call it a chocolate-flavored syrup. That doesn't mean it's delicious!
Chocolate syrup is usually a runnier consistency and often doesn't contain milk or dairy products. Store-bought chocolate sauces and hot fudge sauces are often thicker in consistency and are made that way by the addition of cream or other dairy products.
Other than using this homemade chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk, I also love to drizzle it on desserts (especially ice cream), add it to my smoothies, drizzle it on on peanut butter toast, dip fruit like strawberries and bananas into it, or blend it into my iced coffee to make a delicious iced mocha.
I store this homemade chocolate syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
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Simple Chocolate Syrup Recipe + Homemade Chocolate Milk
- ½ cup sugar I use coconut sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- CHOCOLATE SYRUP: In a jar, mix together the sugar and cocoa powder.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of hot water and stir until a uniform paste forms. Slowly stir in the remaining hot water until a smooth syrup forms.
- CHOCOLATE MILK: To make chocolate milk, stir 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup into a cup of milk. Add more syrup if you want a richer chocolate milk.
- STORE: Store the chocolate syrup in a sealed jar for up to a couple weeks.
can you use powdered sugar?
Faith VanderMolen says
Hello! I haven't tried that, so unfortunately I can't say. If you do try it, I would start with less. Let us know if you try it and how it goes!
I had the biggest craving for chocolate milk. This is perfect! I love pantry staple recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Faith VanderMolen says
You're so welcome! I hope you enjoy the chocolate milk!
What a great recipe! We tried it out today and it was 100% approved by my chocolate milk loving girls. We’ll be making this on repeat all summer.
That's great new Jessica! Thanks so much for sharing!