5-Minute Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Sauce
5-Minute Homemade Chocolate Sauce. Terri Pischoff Wuerthner
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 24 Servings
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This popular chocolate sauce is easily made in only 5 minutes and it is much better than any store-bought chocolate sauce. Purchased chocolate sauces won't taste very good after this fresh, rich, and very chocolate-dense version.  

Although this basic sauce is wonderful as it is, it may be enhanced and varied in several ways. Take a look at the tips and variations below the recipe for some alternative flavor ideas. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Place the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan, along with 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk to combine into a thick paste.
  2. Add the remaining milk and bring the mixture to a boil; whisk to blend thoroughly.
  3. When sauce the sauce comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes, whisking often. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, and let the sauce cool.
  1. Store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, covered.
  2. Warm the sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop, if desired.

Cooking Tips

  • May be used hot or cold; on ice cream, cake, fruit, or combined with milk to make a quick cup of hot chocolate (blend milk and amount of sauce to your own taste).
  • I keep this around almost all of the time, as it is a low-fat treat and a little bit goes a long way. For a light dessert with a chocolate fix, I'll slice bananas, sprinkle with walnuts, and drizzle some of this chocolate sauce on top: an elegant and satisfying dessert with lots of texture, flavor, nutrition from the milk and bananas, and very little fat (though it does have sugar). It can be made with low-fat or even skim milk, for a wonderful treat when seriously watching fat intake. Will it be as good as with whole milk? No, but it will be almost as good--a fair compromise for such rich, chocolate flavor.

Variations

  • Add orange liqueur and a bit of orange zest for a chocolate orange sauce
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of bourbon and some cherries for a cherry bounce chocolate sauce
  • Add some mint extract and chopped fresh mint leaves for a chocolate mint sauce
  • Add some crushed peppermint candy for a chocolate peppermint sauce

Makes about 3 cups, or 2 dozen 2-tablespoon servings.

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