Best Homemade Chocolate Sauce is better than any store-bought chocolate sauce! Store in the refrigerator and serve over ice cream sundaes or chocolate cake! WATCH THE VIDEO!

BEST Homemade Chocolate Sauce in a jar

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Friends, you may remember my BEST Homemade Chocolate Sauce on Frozen Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert during the holidays.

You can make the sauce separately from the dessert and keep stored in a mason jar in the fridge. And I think it’s best served over my Mom, Millie’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe!

Ready for last-minute company! Perfect for summer, too! Remember this post, How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert? So popular for any party! PS. Now with social distancing, you’d serve this “epic” trough dessert with individual bowls and spoons! 

drizzle of Homemade Chocolate Sauce off of a spoon

How do you make homemade chocolate sauce?

  1. Using a small saucepan, add together melted butter and chocolate and cook over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in evaporated milk.
  3. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened; stir in vanilla.
  4. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  5. Use right away (warm), or cover and refrigerate the sauce.

a spoon of homemade Chocolate Sauce

How long does homemade chocolate sauce last?

Homemade chocolate syrup has a shorter shelf life than store-bought, so I usually just keep my recipe in the fridge for about 2 weeks. That is, if it lasts that long. (HEE HEE)

pouring Homemade Chocolate Sauce in a jar

Can you reheat chocolate sauce?

To reheat the sauce you can warm on the stovetop in a saucepan for about 5 minutes on low heat, stirring regularly. Or, microwave for about 15 seconds at a time until hot.

jar of homemade chocolate sauce

BEST Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Yesterday we didn’t know we’d be hosting until the morning, when a little dinner party just came together. So serving this BEST Homemade Chocolate Sauce on Last-Minute Crazy Cake or ice cream or gelato was the perfect company treat. Or, you can make an ice cream dessert.

making ice cream dessert with Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Spring in the air

I bought some pussy willows last week at Trader Joe’s, because not only do they remind me of spring, they remind me of my mom. My mom always brought the pussy willows in, a sure sign that spring was on its way.

winter wood stove area with blue vermont castings

This time of year, we’re waiting patiently for that next season (will it ever come?), which seems to take its time here in central Oregon.

I was back home last week, and walked early in the mornings with my girlfriends. I’m not kidding, the daffodils are already blooming! Daffodils are enough to give a girl spring fever, that is for sure. That, and a whiff of recently mowed grass, as we walked through residential areas.


In the meantime, anticipation is a good thing.

When we get a dinner invite, or a date on the calendar to have company, I always look forward to those moments. There is a bit of anticipation whatever the invite, because it’s usually a really good time (and needed time) with friends.

jar of Homemade Chocolate Sauce Recipe for ice cream dessert

So on this night, the table was set (I used a tablecloth) with love, a simple meal, great people and conversation, and then a little bite of sweetness.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce was served!

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Homemade Old-Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream

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Rocky Road Ice Cream [Barefeet in the Kitchen]

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Best Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 can, 6 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • In a small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and 2 squares (2 oz) chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  • Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; stir in vanilla. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • Use right away (warm), or cover and refrigerate the sauce.


Originally posted FEB 2019
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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spooning Homemade Chocolate Sauce in a jar