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3 Ingredient Chocolate Syrup

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Looking for the easiest chocolate syrup? You’ll love this 3 Ingredient Chocolate Syrup Recipe! Made with just water, maple syrup, and cocoa powder, this chocolate syrup is perfect for topping ice cream, creating rich, homemade hot chocolates and adding to milkshakes!

Ready in minutes, it’s the perfect solution for adding a touch of chocolatey sweetness to your favorite treats!

Choclate sauce pouring down into glass jar.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Syrup

This quick and easy 3 ingredient Chocolate syrup is perfect for enhancing everything from pancakes and to ice cream and fruit to making hot chocolate with chocolate syrup.

This quick, dairy-free, and gluten-free syrup requires only water, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. You can whip it up in under 20 minutes!

Use it to create luxurious chocolate milkshakes, rich hot chocolates, or as a dipping sauce for fruits and pastries.

With its ease of preparation and delicious flavor, this chocolate syrup is a must-have for adding a touch of sweetness to any dessert.

Pouring homemade chocolate syrup over ice cream.

Is Chocolate Sauce the Same as Chocolate Syrup?

Chocolate sauce and chocolate syrup are similar but differ primarily in texture and usage.

Chocolate sauce is generally thicker and richer, often made with cream and chocolate, and is ideal for drizzling over desserts or using as a dip.

Chocolate syrup, on the other hand, is more fluid and is usually made from cocoa powder, sugar, and water, making it perfect for mixing into drinks or pouring over ice cream.

3 ingredient chocolate syrup over ice cream in bowl.

How To Use 3 Ingredient Chocolate Syrup

Fluffy Pancakes drizzled generously with this rich, velvety chocolate syrup create a luxurious start to your day!

Indulge in the ultimate comfort drink by enhancing your It’s easy to make Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Syrup, turning the classic beverage into a gourmet treat!

Pour it over a bowl of Cinnamon Puff Pastry and Ice Cream for a decadent sweet and savory dessert!

Transform your breakfast or dessert into a delightful affair with Blender Crepes, lightly coated with this chocolate syrup for a simple yet sublime finish!

Chocolate syrup preparation.

What’s the Difference Between Melted Chocolate and Chocolate Syrup?

Melted chocolate is simply chocolate that has been heated until it liquefies. It is typically just pure chocolate with nothing added, and it hardens back up when cooled.

Chocolate syrup, however, is made by combining cocoa powder with sugar and water and sometimes additional flavors. It remains fluid even when cool and is designed to blend easily into other liquids.

Pouring the chocolate sauce into a glass mason jar

Expert Tips

  • Quality Maple Syrup: Using pure maple syrup without added sweeteners ensures the best flavor and consistency for your chocolate syrup.
  • Avoid Rapid Boiling: Maintain a slow simmer or soft boil during cooking to prevent the syrup from thickening too quickly and burning.
  • Thickens Upon Cooling: Keep in mind that this homemade chocolate syrup will continue to thicken as it cools and while it’s stored in the refrigerator.
  • Reheating Tips: If the sauce thickens too much in the fridge, gently warm it on the stovetop or in a microwave-safe bowl to achieve your desired consistency and temperature.
Chocolate syrup pouring into glass jar with spoon.

Does Chocolate Syrup Harden?

Typical chocolate syrup does not harden because it contains sufficient sugar and water to keep it in a liquid form even when cooled.

However, certain types of chocolate syrup designed for ice cream toppings might contain ingredients that allow them to thicken or harden slightly upon contact with cold surfaces, such as ice cream.

How to Store Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Store the chocolate syrup in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will thicken and stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Chocolate syrup over ice cream.

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Quick 3 Ingredient Chocolate Sauce

Samantha Pickthall
This Quick 3-Ingredient Chocolate Syrup uses just water, maple syrup, and cocoa powder!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1.5 cups
Calories 500 kcal


  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, or natural unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Combine Liquids: In a medium-sized saucepan, pour in the water and maple syrup. Place over high heat.
  • Bring to Boil: Whisk continuously and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce Heat and Simmer: Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Add Cocoa Powder: Vigorously whisk in the cocoa powder until fully integrated.
  • Monitor and Stir: Allow the mixture to reach a rapid simmer over medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
  • Check Consistency: To test, coat the back of a spatula with the syrup and draw a line with your finger. If the line holds, the syrup is ready.
  • Cool and Store: Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool in the pot for about 5-10 minutes, then pour into a heat-proof glass jar and seal. Enjoy the syrup warm or cold over ice cream, in milkshakes, or to make chocolate milk. Or refrigerate the syrup for at least 2 hours or overnight to thicken it further. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Store the chocolate syrup in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will thicken and stay fresh for up to two weeks.


Calories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 125gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 798mgFiber: 11gSugar: 97gCalcium: 217mgIron: 4mg
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First published in 2022, this recipe was updated in May 2024 to include new information and easier to follow method steps in the recipe card. No ingredients have been changed.


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