Chocolate Sauce

I make a l u s c i o u s  killer chocolate sauce.  People go crazy for it, so I thought I’d take my mind off the storm heading toward the island and give you the recipe! Here’s the scene of the crime:

I never thought I would find a chocolate sauce I like better than Hershey’s, but believe it or not, this recipe tops it.  There’s a reason for that.  There’s Hershey’s Syrup in it!  You could say that’s brilliant, or you could say it’s cheating, but when you taste this sauce, you don’t care.  If you did a critique like fine wine it would go something like this: “Strong flavor of dark chocolate infused with sparkling overtones of Hershey’s Syrup.”  Perfect.  And here comes the holidays!  Timing is everything isn’t it?  The recipe makes 5 cups; enough to give relish-jar-sized surprises to two girlfriends and still have a mayonnaise-jar-size left over for yourself. 

In a large heavy pot, over a low flame, melt butter and unsweetened dark chocolate together….I used Scharffen Berger this time, but I’ve tried them all, and they all work.

I turned the heat up to medium and added a half cup of light Karo Corn Syrup; the magic ingredient that keeps the chocolate sauce from firming up on the ice cream and rudely sticking to the back of your teeth.



Then, stir in a cup of sugar.

Now it’s time for the potent secret weapon.

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Two (not one, but two) delicious cans of Hershey’s Syrup are added; continue heating until the sauce is very hot; you want the sugar to be completely melted and smooth; no longer granulated (you must taste constantly for this :-)), stir occasionally, but do not boil. (Warning: You might want to blindfold yourself for this next part until you get the ingredients in the house. Oops, too late.)

And then, stop there, fill a bowl with ice cream, and pour over the sauce (more please), add walnuts if you like them, or a spoonful of our local  Vineyard Granola; sit down and stare into space with marveling all over your face as you spoon it into your mouth.  Is it good?  It’s good.  Better have a little more. ♥  Then a nap, the perfect thing to do while the rest of the sauce cools down.

When you wake up, retaste the chocolate.  Still fabulous?   OK, pour it into whatever jars you have.  You can reheat the sauce in a microwave or in a water bath right in the same jar.  Do you see that smooth creamy goodness? I told you, we’re not fooling around here.

To give it as a gift, you can decorate the jar with a circle of lace or fabric, or a small doily, or if you find some of those old linen coasters in an antique store, they’re perfect to cap the jars in . . .  just hook them on with a rubber band and tie a piece of ribbon around them.   But I have to say, if I was given a jar of this sauce with nothing on it at all I would still be thrilled! 

So easy; makes about 5 cups:

  • 1- 8 to 9 oz. box unsweetened dark chocolate squares
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 c. light Karo corn Syrup
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 cans Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy pan.  Stir in rest of ingredients.  Heat until very hot, so sugar melts, stir occasionally.  Allow to cool to still-pourable stage, and put into jars.  Reheat in jars in microwave or a pan of water. Also wonderful over profiteroles, and with vanilla ice cream and brownies.  

 I’ve been asked, how long will this last in the fridge…in our house, it’s an extremely short time.  But I would imagine, based on the ingredients, it would last as long as a can of Hershey’s Syrup.

41 Responses to Chocolate Sauce

  1. Tricia B. says:

    Hello Darling Susan,
    I must tell you that I made your luscious chocolate sauce last night. It is awesome!! I kept getting spoons to dip in the pot to sample. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I had my husband and son try it and they loved it too!! I am sharing some with some friends at work too. I tied little red ribbons around the lid and put the little jars in paper sacks ( you know the plain brown ones we use to take our lunch in. When I was young I had a lunch box with Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy on it. I adored that lunch box but when I got to seventh grade I used the brown paper sack because kids made fun of you if you had a lunch box.) Anyway…punched little holes in the sacks and tied it with ribbon. I just tried to dress up the container/bag because the sauce is so good. I mean it is killer…you are absolutely right. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and Joe and the precious little Jack and darling Girl Kitty!! GOD Bless! Hugs and Love, Tricia B. P.S. Look forward to your blogs everyday…love your site!!!

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Tricia! That’s a very dangerous chocolate sauce, I do the same thing with a spoon! Nice to hear from you, thanks again!

  2. Roxanne Bernard says:

    Hi Susan – I’m planning on making your divine chocolate sauce to take as gifts for my annual girlfriends trip. Is it safe to NOT refrigerate while they travel home ?? Thanks for inspiring me and making me see the magic in every day!

  3. Sharon says:

    Thank you for this luscious recipe! I made the first batch to use with Tiramisu Cheesecake. The second and third batch will be for holiday surprises. Happy holidays!

  4. jennifer Reeder says:

    I love you Copper Pot,I have always wanted a copper pot,I am 62 years old and still hoping some day, yours Copper Pot is so beautiful.I have bookmarked your page.
    Yours is the best
    Thanks Jennifer

    • sbranch says:

      It is time for you to have a copper pot. Try yard sales, you can sometimes find them for not so much money.

      • jennifer Reeder says:

        I love you Copper Pot,I have always wanted a copper pot,I am 62 years old and still hoping some day, yours Copper Pot is so beautiful.I have bookmarked your page.
        Yours is the best
        Thanks Jennifer

        Thank You !

  5. jennifer Reeder says:

    Thank You !

  6. Ruth Conway says:

    Did you use salted or unsalted butter? I can’t wait to make this. Thanks

  7. Roxane says:

    Looks yummy! Can you now water bath or pressure can this so it will keep outside of the refrigerator?

  8. Dayna Koller says:

    Can you use this sauce on top of biscuits like they have chocolate gravy and biscuits for breakfast down south ? It sounds very good …

    • sbranch says:

      Why not? I wonder if those biscuits have a bit of sugar in them, and maybe a scoop of ice cream between the halves?

  9. mary says:

    I love this idea–both the recipe and the gift giving!! Thank you! mary

  10. Barbara Sturtz says:

    This chocolate sauce is the bomb…addictive for sure and a great gift for loved ones!

  11. I am trying to lose weight after hibernating all winter, so fingers in ears lalala can’t hear you. Wait! I could use this as a dipping sauce for FRUIT! That makes it practically a health food! Thanks, Susan, from Pam in Montreal

  12. Ann Sullivan says:

    A friend sent me your choclate blog page and want to try it soon….so signing up to receive my own.

  13. Tonya Gustafson says:

    Hello Susan,
    This is the first time I’ve left a comment. You and your blog have meant so much to me and enriched my life especially during 2011 and 2012 when I was undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy. I met you in Pasadena at Vroman’s bookstore for your booksigning of A Fine Romance. I think I have almost all of your books. You are such a special person and make this world a much nicer place. Thank you with all my heart. Hugs and blessings to YOU!
    P.S. Thank you for all the special recipes. I love seeing your kitchen with the O’Keefe and Merritt stove as was in my dear grandmother’s kitchen. And I have a tuxedo girl kitty who has a crush on Jack! Ha Ha…

  14. Susan Brown says:

    Chocolate Heaven.. A dish of vanilla ice cream with this chocolate sauce has become a must every night. When I finish it, will I have chocolate withdrawl? I do add one thing and wonder Susan, if you would agree..a little salt added perks up the sauce. Thanks for the recipe. I love everything on your blog. EVERYTHING….thanks.

  15. Looks so good! I would love to try some. I love a good chocolate sauce and your one looks amazing.

  16. Amy Warren says:

    Am definitely making this for my husband as a Father’s Day present from the kids ♡

  17. Cheyenne Renard says:

    I def am going to make this . Woo hoo is all i can say and Thank you Sue my love to Joe n the fur babies love and Blessings to you all Cheyenne in Henderson Nevada XXX

  18. Jamie says:

    I would love to make your chocolate sauce and ship it across country for family as Christmas presents. Do you think it last long enough out of the fridge to mail?

  19. Ann Richardson says:

    What size Hershey syrup? Ann

    • sbranch says:

      There are sizes? I’ve only seen one size can of Hershey’s — I think it’s about 15 oz. — maybe it only comes in that plastic container now?

  20. Lynda says:

    I made this sauce about a year ago! It indeed is a “killer” so delicious❗️
    Are the jar labels with your art available?

  21. Carol says:

    Under photo 6 Vineyard Granola is highlighted in blue and underlined.I was not able to click on it. Are you able to open this ? Carol

    • sbranch says:

      Since I wrote this blog, I believe, and not sure that Vineyard Granola may not be selling mail order anymore. But I changed the link to a new one with a contact email address so you can ask them yourself. Hope this helps!

  22. Liz says:

    Susan – this is a comment about the amounts of Hershey’s syrup used in your chocolate sauce.
    Apparently, Hershey doesn’t sell the syrup in a can anymore!
    It had been sold in a 16 oz can containing 12 oz of syrup but has been replaced with a 16 oz pouch containing 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) of syrup. So you must have been using 3 cups of syrup to make your sauce?
    Also, my understanding is that the syrup in the plastic squeeze bottle is interchangeable with the old can/new pouch syrup.
    The next time you make your sauce, would you please try it with the pouches or measured syrup and let us know if it’s really the same?? Thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      I never realized that a 16 oz can of syrup wasn’t 2 cups. When you buy a 16 oz container of cream, it measures out to two cups. So now I’m confused. I would likely use four cups of syrup as, in my mind, two 16oz cans would equal 4 cups!

  23. Liz says:

    That’s what I thought too!
    But that’s the info I understood them to say on the Hershey Customer Service phone call.
    Hmm. Maybe it’s about measuring liquid volume and the weight of the container with the liquid inside??
    First, I guess I should track down one of the new pouches!

    • sbranch says:

      I’d be shocked if 14 oz didn’t mean 14 oz … all that cooking that calls for 14 oz cans of tomatoes, beans or, pineapple!

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