Making your own chocolate simple syrup is so much easier than you would think. It takes less than 10 minutes and just 5 ingredients to make the best syrup you’ve ever had! You can add it to your coffee, use it in desserts, and so much more. It’s so scrumptious that I’ve been known to sneak a spoon of it all by itself…maybe two! Learn how to make your own chocolate simple syrup from scratch, below!
- A small or medium saucepan: I use the medium pot in my stainless steel pot set.
- A whisk: I use a stainless whisk.
- Measuring cups and spoons: I use these measuring cups and these measuring spoons.
- Cocoa powder
- Brown sugar
- Salt: I use sea salt.
- Vanilla extract: I use this organic vanilla extract.
In the cold saucepan, add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk until no clumps remain.
Whisk in the water, and then turn the heat on medium. Bring the syrup to a simmer, and then remove from heat.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before adding the vanilla extract.
Transfer the chocolate simple syrup to a mason jar for storage. I prefer to use 16oz. mason jar, with these leak-proof lids instead of the standard metal ones because they’re easier to clean and never get stuck on!
Use immediately, or chill in the fridge until ready to use. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Tips and Substitutions
The syrup will be a bit thinner right after it’s made, but as it cools it will thicken closer to the consistency of maple syrup! If you’re wanting to have a thicker syrup that’s more like a chocolate sauce instead, you can decrease the water content.
If you prefer to have a syrup without refined sugar, you may substitute the brown sugar for maple syrup. You’ll want to decrease the water content as well since maple syrup is already liquidy. Just know that the final result may not be as thick as the original recipe.
Ways to Use Chocolate Simple Syrup
There are so many ways to use this delicious chocolate simple syrup recipe!
- Use it to sweeten and flavor your coffee.
- Use a pastry brush to brush it onto cake layers for an extra moist cake.
- Try it in a strawberry or raspberry herbal tea for a chocolate dipped strawberry favored treat.
- Add it to a milkshake.
- Use it to top pancakes (such as my sourdough banana pancakes!).
- Drizzle it on top of desserts or ice cream.
- Use it as a fruit dip.
- Use it in a vanilla icing recipe to make it a chocolate icing instead.
- Mix it with softened cream cheese to create a chocolate cheesecake dip for pretzels or fruit.
Best Iced Coffee Recipe Using Chocolate Simple Syrup
- Pour 10 oz. of black cold brew coffee into a glass (I like to use a mason jar!), and add a few ice cubes.
- In a separate small mason jar (I use a 4oz. jar), pour in 2 tbsp. heavy cream and 2 1/2 tbsp. chocolate simple syrup.
- Place the lid on the little mason jar, and shake vigorously until foaming and thickened. This is essentially making a homemade chocolate cold foam.
- Pour the thickened cream over the iced cold brew. Give it a gentle stir and enjoy!
Chocolate Simple Syrup RecipeCourse: Natural Food
Making your own chocolate simple syrup is so much easier than you would think. It takes less than 10 minutes and just 5 ingredients to make the best syrup you’ve ever had! You can add it to your coffee, use it in desserts, and so much more.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- In the cold saucepan, add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk until no clumps remain.
- Whisk in the water, and then turn the heat on medium. Bring the syrup to a simmer, then remove from heat.
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before adding the vanilla extract.
- Transfer the chocolate simple syrup to a mason jar with a lid for storage. Use immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! This recipe makes 1 1/4 cups chocolate simple syrup.
- Approximate Nutritional Information Per Serving: Serving Size 1 tbsp., 35 calories, 9g carbs, 0g fats, 0g protein, 17mg sodium, 8g sugar