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Decadent Homemade Chocolate Sauce

This decadent home made chocolate sauce is guaranteed to elevate any basic recipe. It’s an excellent topper for ice creams, desserts, pancakes, and coffees.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? We all love something sweet from time to time and this decadent homemade chocolate sauce is my go-to when there is nothing else in the house. It’s perfect for so many recipes. Takes no time to make and can be spread or poured onto the simplest thing to make it great. Try it to know.

Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Sauce

I use basic ingredients that can be found in any pantry on any given day. Just whip them together and voila! You have a decadent chocolate sauce.

Ingredients for chocolate sauce

The Ingredients List for Homemade Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne

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Making the Chocolate Sauce

Let’s get making the sauce.

  • In a medium sized pan, pour 1/2 cup of half and half and add 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Sift 1/4 cup of cocoa powder using a sieve and add that to the pan.
  • Sift 1/4 cup of icing sugar and add that to the pan as well. I find sifting helps reduce clumps when the sauce cooks.
  • At the same time add a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper to the pan as well. Salt helps enhance the flavours of everything. And I find that the cayenne pepper gives it this slight kick that you can barely taste, but it’s there.

Salted vs Unsalted Butter

Wondering why I use unsalted butter, but yet I add salt? I don’t use salted butter because I find salted butter is too salty for this. Using unsalted butter and adding a pinch of salt after is a much better option – that way you can control the amount you are adding.

Chocolate sauce ready to be cooked

The Cooking Process

Let’s get cooking.

  • Using a hand whisk, mix all the ingredients in the pan. Since the half and half is cold, it will take a couple of minutes for the cocoa powder to get dissolved into the half and half.
  • Place the pan on the stove over low medium heat. As the liquid heats up, the butter will start to melt and the dry ingredients will start to get mixed in with ease.
Chocolate sauce cooked
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil and continue to cook the mixture for about 5 minutes or until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Remember to continue to whisk as it cooks. The liquid will start to thicken as it cooks.
  • I like mine a little runny, but if you prefer it a little thicker, you can continue to cook it for a further 2 or so minutes.
  • Once the mixture has thickened to your liking, turn the heat off and remove the pan from the heat.
Chocolate sauce

Serving Suggestions:

Allow the decadent homemade chocolate sauce to cool down completely before using it. Try it on :

Chocolate sauce

Storing Options

The sauce can be stored in an air tight mason jar or another kind of jar in the fridge for up to two weeks. I like to keep it in the fridge because it keeps the chocolate syrup thick and much easier to use as a chocolate dip.

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Decadent Home Made Chocolate Sauce

Course: DessertCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy


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This decadent homemade chocolate sauce is guaranteed to elevate any basic recipe. It’s an excellent topper for ice creams, desserts, pancakes, and coffees.


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup half and half

  • pinch of salt

  • pinch of cayenne


  • Pour the half and half and the butter into a pan.
  • Sift the cocoa powder and icing sugar into it.
  • Add the salt and cayenne powder to the pan.
  • Mix everything using a hand whisk.
  • Cook the mixture on a medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until the chocolate sauce boils and thickens. Continue to whisk as the mixture cooks.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the stove.
  • Allow it to cool completely before using.
  • Enjoy on ice cream, or on fruit. Try it on my ricotta toast or my pull apart cinnamon bites or even my ricotta blintzes.

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  1. Hi Deepti,

    We love chocolate sauce and always have it in the house. But we’ve always bought it. I tried this and was amazed at how delicious and EASY it was to make. Thank you for sharing. This will become our go to for sure.


    1. Hi Sonia,

      Right? It’s what I love about this recipe. It’s so easy to make AND it’s delicious! Enjoy!