Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Chocolate Milk Print Recipe Print Recipe


Have you ever read the back of chocolate milk or chocolate syrup?

I didn’t recognize a lot of the ingredients, so I decided to make my own chocolate milk, starting with homemade chocolate syrup.

It’s so easy, it makes me oh so happy.



I didn’t eat, let alone buy much processed goods until I got pregnant and just keeping food down was a challenge alone. Since I still wanted to be healthy, I was reading ingredient labels and did my best to make sure I understood what all the ingredients were before consuming. This was my way of making sure the baby was taken care of since I couldn’t eat my usual diet of greens, grains, beans, lean meats, etc.

After I saw my husband mix up his protein drink, which looked like chocolate milk, I got a sudden craving. Funny how that works. For a while I was having a hard time eating throughout the day and after I saw my husband mix up his usual protein drink I decided I’d add a little chocolate milk into my diet.

I cooked mine a little longer so make a thicker chocolate because I also used it later for cookie sandwiches I was testing. You could say this stuff is my new crack. For thinner chocolate syrup, just reduce the cooking time. Easy peasy. Another thing I did was decreased the sugar content. I just wanted enough sweetness, but nothing that made my teeth hurt. This mixes well with any type of milk you prefer. Personally, this mixed with a glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and was as happy as can be!

Oh the simple joys of homemade chocolate milk.



Recipe note: I reduced the amount of sugar in this recipe and found it to be a nice balance, not too sweet. If you prefer a richer, sweeter chocolate, simply add more cane sugar.  

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

[Recipe adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian]

PRINT Recipe


  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Before you turn on the stove, whisk together the sugars, cocoa powder salt in a small saucepan until everything is well combined and no lumps remain. Add water and carefully whisk to combine.  Turn heat to medium and bring a boil for about 3 minutes, whisking frequently.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, continuing to whisk frequently for 8-10 minutes.  Note: the longer you cook, the thicker it will get. 

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture into a jar to cool before you cover and refrigerate.


For chocolate milk:

Mix 1 tablespoon of chocolate to 1 cup milk of choice, stir well and enjoy! Feel free to add more chocolate if you prefer a richer chocolate milk.


Personal Note: I personally wanted a thicker chocolate so I let mine cook longer.



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  • Carolyn

    Looks fantastic. My kids would adore me if I could make this and keep it around!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianwsamuels Brian Samuels

    I always have a craving for chocolate milk. I’m going to have to make this ASAP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarlaMeridith Marla Meridith

    The thought of the stuff in the bottle scare me, your however is looks amazing!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    That jar of chocolate is calling my name!!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    Love this!! We make hot cocoa from scratch all the time but I never think to do chocolate milk. Yum!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    YUM! I have such sweet memories around drinking chocolate milk as a kiddo. Definitely need to make this happen more (and homemade) as an adult!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    Oh mama! This is so happening….

  • http://twitter.com/alisonlewis Alison Lewis

    this looks great LIsa! Happy Friday

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    THIS IS AMAZING. I’ve always wanted to make this. Ugh, I love you.

  • apants79

    looks yummy! i think i’ll add some spices for more of a mexican chocolate drink. thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/ohmyveggies Oh My Veggies

    I don’t know if mine would make it to the milk–I kind of want to eat it out of the jar with a spoon…

  • tracy

    perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to make Cooper some chocolate milk but I’ve been SOOO timid about buying it. THANK YOU, FRIEND!!

  • http://twitter.com/FoodforMyFamily Shaina Olmanson

    I love how simple this is.

  • Michelle

    I’m so excited about this! I love chocolate milk but hate hershey’s syrup. So glad I found this on Pinterest 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/lacyannyoung Lacy Young

    that sounds amazing! I see some winter hot chocolate in my future!

  • Krista

    Thank you for posting this. My son prefers chocolate milk but all the chocolate syrups at the store contain high fructose corn syrup. This is a nice homemade alternative.

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    I love love this, Lisa! I hope you’re doing well, been thinking about you!! And mini Ben!

  • nest of posies

    this looks amazing! i double heart chocolate milk!

  • Wanda Lopez

    My daughter is so going to love you. She was asking for some chocolate milk the other night and we didn’t have any syrup. Now, we can make our own and a healthy version too! Thanks!

  • Loretta E

    This looks incredible! My hubby always craves hot chocolate this time of year, and it looks like this would work for that as well.

  • Kristina

    I’ve just discovered your site & was poking around & saw the homemade gifts section! With Christmas coming & wanting something a little different this year – I thought Homemade Chocolate syrup would be great. BUT my question is – DOES IT NEED TO BE STORED IN THE FRIDGE at all times? We have to travel interstate and don’t have the option to store in the fridge!

  • http://twitter.com/JeanettesHealth Jeanette Chen

    I’ve never made homemade chocolate syrup, but I’m sure it’s so much better than store bought – my kids would go crazy over this!

  • http://twitter.com/gourmandeinthek Sylvie Shirazi

    Mmm, I could just eat that by the spoonful!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com/ Averie Cooks

    This looks soooo good! I could really go to town on this stuff. So rich and decadent – great job!

  • WithStyleGrace

    I would say no, since it’s mostly sugar. I just wouldn’t leave it out for more than a day or so

  • Sarah

    Are you allowed to eat this by the spoonful even if you don’t have an excuse like being pregnant or nursing. 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/shell.cornelius.9 Shell Cornelius

    Would it be possible to can this?

  • http://patriciaknightphotography.com/ Patricia Knight

    Thank you for this awesome recipe. I found it via the 30 Days of Pinspiration Calendar. I’ve been searching for a Nesquik/Hershey Syrup replacement since my family and I went organic. Whipped up a batch today and it was a huge success. So much so that I had to blog about it.

    Thank you again for sharing this recipe.

    Celebrate Life and CApture It!

  • yoga kathy

    I just made this and love it, I only have one suggestion if you have time and a shifter, then sift the dry ingredients first. Truly a fun project that will make great gifts. Thanks for the post.

  • Colleen

    Is there some sort of trick for mixing it with the milk? I made this, it came out thick like the photo above, but cannot get it to mix into the milk very well it is just clumps at the bottom of the cup.

  • WithStyleGrace

    oh no! I didn’t do anything special to mix. maybe it got too thick? I make this all the time and have found the thinner it is, the easier it is to mix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladyelayne19 Monica Gardner Evans

    I made the chocolate and then used it to make irish cream. The dark chocolate flavor ads another layer of flavor to the irish cream. Thank you!

  • Guest

    You can also try to mix just a small amount of milk with the mix as well so it would make it thinner and then fill the rest of the glass up with milk and mix it again. That should work.

  • http://www.kcgirlfriendsbookclub.com TaNisha W

    You can also try to mix just a small amount of milk with the mix to make it thinner and then fill the rest of the glass up with milk and mix it again. That should work.

  • Becki

    I know I am going to! 🙂

  • Julie

    Is there any way to do this with carob chips? I don’t have enough cocoa powder but this looks so good!

  • WithStyleGrace

    you could certainly try! maybe just do a small batch just in case it doesn’t turn out 🙂