Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

The mother of a childhood friend made her own chocolate sauce with a touch of lemon juice in it, and I still remember how good it was. You don't even know the lemon juice is there, but it does something marvelous to perk up the flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cocoa and sugar in saucepan.
  2. Add milk, butter and salt.
  3. Bring almost to a simmer, and cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add vanilla and lemon juice, and stir until well combined.
  6. Serve hot or cold over ice cream or other desserts.
Most Helpful

Superb!!! With temps varying from night-time lows of 4 degrees F to daytime highs of 22F, and lots of snow this past week, I knew I needed a chocolate fix that would last a few days as well as heat up the kitch. During these likely times in winter, provided we have electricity, I keep a box of store bought cake mix in the pantry. I cooked it last night, then began searching for "chocolate syrups, frostings, and gravys" that would make this a bit home-made. This recipe did the trick. Even with the "cold" temps I keep the main part of my house at during cold weather, this was way outta this world. It didn't solidify in the least. As a matter of fact, it kept the whole 9X13 "poke cake" fudgy and tasting of homemade even through a very cold "kitchen" night. I'm still eating on it, and it should last at least through tomorrow night's winter icey forcast. This was simple. I always have these ingredients at hand, and it turned a sheet cake into an unbelievably tasty delight. With the "poke cake" method, it becomes almost "fudgy" on the inside, but keeps most of the "cake" texture otherwise. This is a keeper, and will be used time and time again. I must say that for a moment I was concerned that the "dry" cocoa would not incorporate into the milk/sugar/etc., mixture, but right at the boiling point, all came together. In the end, it "seeped" into my cake beautifully, and it's scumpticious! Thanks, TJ!

DEEP January 22, 2008

This is a far better sauce than what you could ever buy. I had made a chocolate fudge cake and being a hot day, it did not need frosting as it would have melted....however it did need something. I found that this is an excellent choice to use as a drizzle on a cake. My 2 stepsons loved it. After one had it on ice cream and I had drizzled some on the cake the one stepson of 23 years ate what was left in the pan. He is such a kid at heart....just like his father.

Gwen Sargeant June 23, 2005

This sauce is really yum! I did have to use 1 cup of evaporated milk because the mixture was starting to burn at the sides without a little more milk in the pan. Also, I substituted the butter with margarine. I loved the idea of adding lemon juice to this sauce. It did impart give the sauce a mighty good kick!;-) Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Charishma_Ramchandani October 01, 2003