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Try this homemade chocolate syrup recipe instead of buying the chemical-filled stuff at the store!

I don’t know about you, but I think sometimes, life just calls for some really good chocolate syrup.

A clear jar with a chalkboard label sits on a plate without a lid. It has a small wooden spoon with the tip covered in chocolate, laying across the top of the jar filled with this Clean Eating Chocolate Syrup

Whether you are topping ice cream or making chocolate milk for the kids, you can’t go wrong with having a little of the stuff in the fridge. The problem is, the stuff you buy at the store almost doesn’t qualify as real chocolate thanks to the laundry list of other added ingredients that don’t seem to even qualify as real food.

So in a desperate search for a clean chocolate syrup recipe (Mini Chef wanted chocolate milk for his birthday!) I came across a recipe that was so obviously screaming for me to clean it up that I got right to work. The truth is, all I did was change the sweetener, adjust the measurements slightly and cut out the salt. And whaaaamo! Instant, healthy, chocolate syrup!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

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Clean Eating Chocolate Syrup

Clean Eating Chocolate Syrup

This delicious syrup will replace the stuff you buy at the store quite easily! Warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to get it pouring nicely, as needed.
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Course: Condiments, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 servings (1 1/2 cup total yield)
Calories: 42kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup Sucanat OR coconut sugar, OR 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a soft boil, stirring constantly.
  • Once the syrup thickens (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and transfer to a glass container. Store in the fridge.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Yummy. I make it with carob because of chocolate allergy at our house.

  2. graciouspantry says:

    This will last up to about 2 weeks. Not that it really goes bad, but the water will start to separate. All you really have to do is blend it again.

  3. Cristi Lewis says:

    I can’t wait to try this! My kid loves chocolate milk but I hate the “brand name” syrup because it’s loaded with JUNK! Thank you!

  4. theonlyemster says:

    I made this today and it tastes great!  Better than the store bought one!  It took me much longer to get it thicker, about 20 minutes, as I was hesitant to heat too quickly.  But I think I will be closer to the 5 minutes next time.  Yum!

  5. This sounds really good! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Colleen Handley says:

    Now THAT’S a recipe! lol

  7. so excited to try this my little one loves chocolate milk (so does mommy and daddy) and I would feel so much better giving her this! (and consuming this)

  8. Looks a lot simpler than I expected.

  9. Victoria Hassink says:

    This looks yummy for the holidays!

  10. We tried this and thought it was pretty bitter. Not sure if adding more sugar will help.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Something went wrong there. This is definitely not supposed to be bitter! What type of chocolate did you use? Did you change anything?

  11. I just made this yummy syrup using organic coconut sugar. I think I need to add a little more sugar to get the boys to enjoy it too. I will add it directly to the cup so I can wean it back 😉 shhhh

  12. Jackie Odom Smith says:

    this is one of my very favorite recipes, I know you don’t use stevia, but I subbed it for half the sugar and it was GREAT! So rich and delish! with no guilt.

  13. Hi, this sounds great- how long does it keep for and does it need to be stored in the fridge? Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I think mine lasted about 2 weeks, and yes, it needs to go in the fridge.

  14. First time commenting….but I LOVE your recipes. This turned out awesome! I mixed it with some greek yogurt and froze it for the kids. They think I am a rock star! Thanks again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Keane – Haha! That’s wonderful!! 🙂

  15. I just love this recipe! My kids even enjoyed it and they are always skeptical. Thank you!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Catina – Thanks! Glad they like it!

  16. Was soo excited to try, very disapointed with outcome. Maybe I just haven’t been eating clean long enough for this to taste sweet. found it a bit bitter and it did not mix w milk well in milk, I never got a chocolate flavor.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cass – Something definitely went wrong there. What type of chocolate did you use?

  17. I made this last night for my sons who wanted chocolate milk. I made it with half cocoa powder, half special dark cocoa powder, and honey. It’s absolutely wonderful. My younger son is a bit picky, but he thought it was better than store bought. Thank you for sharing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dani – That’s wonderful! 🙂

  18. Just got done making this, waiting for it to cool so I can put the jar in the fridge, and it is AMAZING! No more store-bought “chocolate” syrup for this family! 😀

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebekah – yay!! so glad you like it! 🙂

  19. This is an AWESOME recipe! My kids love it!! I found mine was a little bitter too even though I followed the recipe to the T so I added a pinch (literally a pinch) of kosher salt to it and it took the bitterness right out! Thanks for great recipes!!!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenny – Nice tip! Thanks! Glad you all enjoyed it. 🙂

  20. I made this today, and expected it to be amazing as your other recipes have been. But I don’t know what went wrong, it tasted quite bitter. I used Cadbury Bourneville unsweetened cocoa powder, with a mix of agave syrup and honey, instead of 3/4 cup honey. Any ideas of what I can do to make it taste better?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ali – My guess would be the cocoa powder. Some brands can be very bitter. But you can add more sweetener until you get a flavor you like.

  21. Jeannette says:

    What brand cocoa powder do you use? I am new to clean eating.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeannette – I get the Trader Joe’s organic stuff.

  22. just made this and it was delicious! I’ve put it in my coffee and made chocolate milk for my pcky daughter and she liked it too. This is very dangerous for me because I could grab a spoon and eat the whole jar!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Steph – Ya, that’s why I only made it the one time. Dangerous stuff! LOL

  23. Bummer! I’ve made my own chocolate sauce before, but was excited to try this one which would be even healthier (if sweetness and chocolate can be healthy 🙂 ). Alas, it turned out to be very bitter. I used Dutch full-fat cocoa powder from my local spice store and the 3/4 cup of honey. I tried adding in plain old refined sugar after my initial taste test, but that didn’t change it much either.

    I think this will be a good sauce for grown-ups on ice cream or brownies, but I can’t imagine it will mix well to make kid-friendly chocolate milk.

    On that note – how do you store this so you don’t have to heat the whole bottle every time?

    I’m glad this recipe got me to your blog though… There are a lot of good looking recipes!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maggie J – It’s interesting. I’ve had most people say it turned out great, but a few do mention the bitterness. I wonder if it’s perhaps the type of cocoa powder used? Mine wasn’t bitter at all and was perfect for chocolate milk.

      I kept mine in a glass jar and reheated the jar when I wanted some. But it remains scoopable when cold, so you could just scoop out a spoonful and warm that either on the stovetop or in a microwave.

  24. We LOVE this recipe. It’s an absolute staple in our house. Tonight, we wanted to make chocolate milk shakes and had run out of this syrup and I said: Well, I can just run to the store and pick up a bottle of HFCS syrup and everyone, hands down, said they’d rather wait for me to make this clean eating recipe instead and use that in our shakes. I ONLY use Sucanat in mine, never honey (I think honey influences the flavor too much) and I wouldn’t say it’s bitter – I would say it’s very true to a real, dark chocolate flavor. I use it in chocolate milk for my toddler all the time. Our whole family thinks this is the best chocolate syrup there is, ever. THANKS!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alicia – Wow! That’s high praise! Thank you! 😀

  25. I’m new to clean eating as well and made this tonight. Mine was bitter too. I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut sugar as well as the vanilla and water. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a dark chocolate fan??? I prefer milk chocolate. Is there anything I could do to salvage it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelley – How strange! I wonder what the issue is. You could certainly add more coconut sugar. Unless the box says “dark chocolate”, it most likely is not. So I’m not sure if that is the issue or not. Most of what Hershey’s sells is what you would use to get milk chocolate. At least that’s what I’ve seen in the stores. It could be that the chocolate flavor is simply too strong for you. I would definitely start with adding more sugar and see what you think. Let me know!

  26. So, if I add more sugar, cooking it again (to melt the sugar) won’t be too much for the already cooked syrup? I’ll give it a try and see if that works. Incidentally, the original syrup does taste like the generic store bought chocolate syrup (which is too bitter for me) that I have for my nephew. I prefer the 50% less sugar (Hershey Lite syrup) syrup. It’s thinner than the regular syrup. Maybe the cup of cocoa powder was too much? I don’t have the box in front of me but I’m pretty sure it does not say “dark chocolate” we normally don’t buy dark chocolate, but, I’ll look when I get back home. Thanks for getting back to me!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelley – I would not bring the chocolate to a boil. Just warm it enough to mix the sugar in. You can also add a little more water (maybe 2-4 tbsp,) to make it a little less thick and more runny. If you are concerned, you could try it with a small amount first instead of committing the entire batch to the experiment. Let me know how it turns out.

  27. Tiffany, I have to say you have helped me out so much! I recently developed post procedure pancreatitis and have to follow a pretty strict diet. Although I am normally a healthy, very active person I do enjoy my “sweets”. Your recipes all seem easy (I have tried a few and came out delicious)
    I am definitely going to try this chocolate syrup

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I’m so happy I could help in some way! I hope you enjoy the syrup. 😀

  28. I have been into clean eating and calorie look out for the past year. Lost track last 2 weeks due to a lot of stress. Been looking for clean recipes as I prefer doing it on my own to make sure I know the ingredients of the food that I will eat. I hope I can get more recipes from you. 🙂 I will definitely try this at home. I love cocoa and I drink a cup every morning. I’m sure i will love this and my kids as well. Hope you can send me your website so I can do more of your recipes. Thanks. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Iris – I’m not sure what you mean by “send me your website”. Do you mean a subscription? If so, there is a pink box in the right hand column. If you enter your email address in there you will get automatic emails each time I post something on my blog. Enjoy the chocolate syrup! 🙂

  29. Veronica Tucker says:

    I just made this and it is delish! Can’t wait to try it on my apple nachos!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Veronica – Oh yum! 🙂

  30. Jackie Smith says:

    I made this again tonight..I have made it many time and love it. I accidentally found a easier way to make it. I used hot water (I have a hot water dispenser…it is very hot, but not boiling, but you could boil water or heat in microwave) I added hot water so it would thicken faster and found that I did not need to heat it at all. I hated standing there stirring it. I put in in a sauce pan added the hot water and whisked till the lumps were gone. The syrup was a little thin but thickened up as it cooled in the fridge. Makes it so much easier to make. My favorite way to sweeten it is half coconut sugar and half steiva (measured according to what kind you use). I use a little more vanilla also. I have used all stevia and I like it but the family does not. I keep a jar or two of this in the fridge all the time (sometimes I make one with all stevia and one with all coconut sugar)…it keeps for a long time. I store it in a mason jar. one hint…I find the syrup tastes a little bitter unlike the store bought kind..but once added to milk is sweet and yummy..also good over ice cream.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jackie – Thanks for the feedback! I love the detailed description. I’ll have to try it that way next time! 😀

  31. That’s good. No, really. And it’s so nice that it’s simple. And did I mention it’s also good? After looking at lots of recipes I decided to try this one since I’ve tried other recipes from your blog with good results. I’m a type 1 diabetic and gluten-free, too, so it’s a challenge to find tasty options sometimes! Since I’m diabetic I used Swerve for the sweetener (which is supposed to be natural). I know artificial sweeteners aren’t considered “clean” but this is about as good as I can find that tastes good and works with my dietary restrictions. My first taste was slightly bitter but I think I got some undissolved cocoa so kept stirring and tried a couple dashes of sea salt like another reviewer suggested. I also had to remember this is not chocolate frosting but rather a concentrated chocolate meant for mixing/diluting so its supposed to be strong tasting. It was terrific in almond milk and I look forward to mixing it in with other stuff. Thank you for sharing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lita – Thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I haven’t tried it in almond milk yet, but that sounds too good to pass up. Yum! 🙂

  32. Just made this. Holy cow. This is so good I don’t even know how to function! Immediately mixed it with some milk and pb and threw it in my zoku popsicle maker. It’s freezing as we speak!
    I’m working on cleaning up my diet and attempting macro counting (ah!) so I measured everything to get the macro count for it all and am pretty happy with it. My hubby and I are also doing our best to stick to low GI foods, so this is the PERFECT alternative. He’s at work now, but I’ve sent him about 100 pictures of it.
    Seriously. Thank you. This is amazing.
    (Can you tell I’m already in love with it??)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ariel – LOL!! So happy you’re enjoying it!! I really need to make another batch….

      1. I love this recipe. I’ve tried a few over the years and I like the thickness of this one. We use pure cocoa and honey. After years of being a serious chocoholic ( full of yucky bad stuff). The pure cocoa was a bit of a shock to the system, that would most likely be why.people are saying its bitter, some cinamon takes the edge off that without effecting underlying taste these days we don’t need the cinamon any more.

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Delldgm – Great tip! Thank you! 😀

  33. Rachel Steer says:

    I made this and liked the idea of it for some vegan brownies I made that turned out to be bland but I found this bitter and not very sweet. So I ended up adding icing sugar like probably half a cup to a cup! Much better!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – The cocoa powder does make it a bit more bitter. Gives it more of a dark chocolate taste. A little more of any of the mentioned sweeteners would have worked as well. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  34. Staci McKinney says:

    can you use monk fruit sugar instead of coconut sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Staci – I’ve never used it before. But if it is granular and dissolves, then it should work. The only thing I can’t tell you is if the level of sweetness will be the same. You may have to adjust the amount you use, to taste. Hope that helps!

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