Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Like just about everything, when you make something from scratch, with quality, fresh ingredients, you’ll always end up with a better product than something you’d pick up at the grocery store.  

This recipe is certainly no exception.  Easily double this recipe, keep for up to a week, or freeze what you don’t use for later use. Really great. Serve warm or at room temperature.  And on ice cream?  Forget about it!


As we said previously, homemade is almost always going to be better. You know exactly what’s going into your chocolate sauce, and that’s a good thing!

We love all kinds of chocolate, that’s for sure, but for this sauce, we’re going with unsweetened dark chocolate.

EXPERT TIP: We use our trusty double-broiler to melt the butter and the chocolate together. If you don’t have a double-broiler, no worries! Simply bring a pot of water to a simmer, and then use oven mits to hold a metal bowl filled with the butter and chocolate over the simmering water. Use a wooden spoon to stir until completely melted.

Butter and a block of unsweetened chocolate in a metal bowl over simmering water.


Next, you’ll need to combine the cocoa and sugar with the cream in a separate bowl.

Use a whisk, or a wooden spoon, to stir and fully combine and the sugar and cocoa have completely dissolved.

The smell, already, is pure chocolate. So good!

A bowl filled with cocoa powder, sugar, with a small bowl of heavy cream being added to the mixture.

Next, it’s to combine the two mixtures. Simply pour the chocolate paste into the melted butter/chocolate mixture and stir.

You are almost ready to have perfectly prepared Homemade Chocolate Sauce.

Cook over simmering water for another 5 minutes, and you are all set! You can serve warm or room temperature.

Did we mention how great it is on our homemade S’mores Ice Cream? Just look at that!

A glass bowl filled with homemade S'mores Ice cream with graham crackers nearby.

Ready to make the best chocolate sauce since Willy Wonka closed up shop? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo, post it to Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

Homemade Chocolate Sauce in a clear jar with a silver spoon

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

This homemade chocolate sauce is easy, and is so delicious. You'll never want the bottled stuff again. Not too sweet, but super chocolaty, and divinely delicious.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, homemade chocolate sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 216kcal


  • Double-broiler, or pot of simmering water with another metal pot


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Hershey's is good
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Melt butter and chocolate together in a double boiler, or in a large metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  • Combine the sugar and cocoa in another bowl and then stir in the heavy cream, mixing until a thick paste forms.
  • Stir the chocolate paste into the melted chocolate and butter.
  • Cook the mixture over simmering water for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Whisk in the vanilla.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: -20g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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