The BEST Chocolate Sauce

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This easy chocolate sauce is thick and rich with a deep, dark chocolate flavor, and only takes five minutes to make.


  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. Instant coffee
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan stir together water, sugar, and syrup. Cook, stirring occasionally over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Do not boil.
  2. Add cocoa powder, coffee, salt, and vanilla; whisk until dissolved and no lumps remain, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Remove pan from heat, let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer chocolate sauce to glass jars. Refrigerate, covered, up to 14 days.


Sauce will thicken after being refrigerated for several hours.