Worth it or Not – Chocolate Syrup

             Hershey’s Chocolate syrup is a staple in most households. It retails at $4.00-$5.00. If you get the off-name brand, you’ll pay approximately $2.00-$3.00. If you want the thick syrup to put on ice cream, it’s closer to $3.00 on sale for a very small jar. However, making your own chocolate syrup – thick or not – is ridiculously simple. It’ll take you only 15 minutes and costs you very little. Why? Because you already have the ingredients at home. What does it take? Cocoa powder, sugar, water, and vanilla extract. That’s it!

             All you do is combine your ingredients, bring it to a boil and stir. Turn off the burner when it’s thick enough to your liking. I love to use the syrup on ice cream, so I let mine boil for 20 minutes. I put it in a mason jar and placed it in the fridge. I officially achieved something beautiful and delicious!

            Now, I know what you’re thinking. A whopping $2.00 profit is hardly worth the time and energy. However, if you save $2.00 here and cut out a few dollars there, you’ll be racking up savings a lot faster than coupon clipping ever will. The best part is that you get a genuine product free from preservatives. You know exactly what went into it and what didn’t. It is so much healthier for you and your family to get rid of those preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and several ingredients added to the Hershey’s syrup sold in the store. Don’t believe me? Read the label sometime. You’ll be willing to donate 15 minutes of your time in a heartbeat. I should also mention that the homemade version will always taste better because you’re using better ingredients.

             My easy conclusion – this is definitely worth it. It doesn’t take very long, isn’t very complicated and tastes delicious. I put mine on the burner while I had something going in the oven. I was already going to be in the kitchen, might as well spend that waiting time stirring some delicious chocolate!

Chocolate Syrup

From Food.com by wildheart on March 18, 2002

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 7 mins
  • Serves: 32, Yield: 2 cups


    • 1 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 dash salt
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir together.
  2. Boil 2-5 minutes, stirring rapidly, until sauce begins to thicken.
  3. This must be stored in the fridge.