How to make homemade chocolate sauce with cocoa powder. This chocolate sauce only uses a few common ingredients and comes out silky smooth!
Do you know what my kids love more than anything? Chocolate milk. And whipped cream too. Those are my kids top two favorite things of all time.
Do you know what is super easy to make? Chocolate sauce. (And homemade whipped cream too, if you’re interested.) I made this chocolate sauce with cocoa powder one afternoon and my kids thought I was some sort of chocolate milk magician.
It’s so good and perfect in a cold glass of milk or on top of ice cream. Let me show you how to make it at home so you can become a chocolate milk magician too. (If you want, totally optional.)
Chocolate sauce with cocoa powder
There are two main reasons that you are going to love this homemade sauce recipe –
- It’s super easy to make.
- You only need 5 basic ingredients.
If I had to rank this on a scale of beginner to expert level of cooking skill, I would say it’s a beginner type recipe. But it deserves an expert level badge. I say that because once you make it, everyone will think you are so sort of chocolate wizard. (Which you might be, I can’t be for sure.)
It’s easy, it comes out silky smooth and you only need a few basic ingredients. It’s chocolate sauce perfection if you ask me.
Chocolate sauce ingredients
Don’t let the small ingredient list fool you, this chocolate sauce is amazing! To make it you need:
- cocoa powder
Yes, really! That’s all you need to make this homemade chocolate sauce. I bet you have the majority of the ingredients already in your pantry!
You want to use a good quality cocoa powder here. The better the quality cocoa powder you have, the richer your chocolate sauce will turn out. Something like a Ghiradelli cocoa powder or similar work great. If you already have cocoa powder in your pantry, use that! No need to buy new cocoa powder for this recipe.
Any type of sugar works in this easy recipe. You can also use coconut sugar, Stevia or even monk fruit here as well.
You also want a higher quality vanilla extract here as well. Use pure vanilla extract not the imitation version. You can also try your hand at homemade vanilla extract too!
How do you make chocolate sauce with cocoa powder?
To make this recipe you start by mixing your cocoa powder and sugar together in a sauce pan. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Add in your water and stir it together. Continue to stir until the cocoa powder/sugar mixture is dissolved. Bring to a boil and add in the vanilla plus your pinch of salt.
Allow to boil for about a minute or two and remove from heat. The chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools but make sure it coats the back of spoon before you pull it off the stove.
Allow it to cool and then transfer it to a mason jar or similar container with a lid.
Chocolate sauce for coffee
One of the many things that this chocolate sauce recipe is great for is COFFEE! You can use this sauce in your regular coffee or make a homemade chocolate mocha with it. (You can make white chocolate sauce for a white chocolate mocha too.)
Chocolate sauce for ice cream
You can also use this chocolate sauce on ice cream. Some of my favorite ice cream recipes for this chocolate sauce are:
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- Over medium heat and in a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder and sugar.
- Pour in the water and bring to a boil.
- Add in the vanilla and salt and let boil for a minute or two.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool and transfer to a resealable jar.
- Enjoy over ice cream, in coffee or chocolate milk!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: .9gSaturated Fat: .6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 25.2gProtein: 1.3g