Alton Brown's Cocoa Syrup

"Who needs store bought syrup anymore. This tastes much better! I have made it many times. Use it for ice cream, chocolate milk, on top of brownies, or chug straight from the, I would never do that. ;) This recipe came from the Food Network website where it rates a solid five stars."
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  • In a medium or large pot, bring water and sugar to a boil.
  • Whisk in cocoa, vanilla, salt, and corn syrup until all the solids have dissolved.
  • Reduce sauce until slightly thickened.
  • Strain and cool to room temperature.
  • Pour into squeeze bottles.
  • Keep in the fridge.
  • One serving equals about 1/2 cup.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Anonymous
    can this be made with some tweaking for diabetics?


  1. tornadoes three
    We had sundaes last night and my kids and I made this recipe. Very good. VERY GOOD. I felt like I had order a sundae from a fancy ice cream parlor. LOL. Seriously, I was a big hit with my kids. I was suggested by Molidol that using a higher quality cocoa powder will increase the flavor; I agree. Thanks Molidol! Hershey's ain't got nothin' on you girl!
  2. mums the word
    Definitely 5* taste here Molidol! My only suggestion is to use a large sauce pan as I started with the smaller size and it almost boiled over. I quickly grabbed the next size up, dumped it in that pan and continued on my way. Excellent, thanks for sharing. Made for Fall PAC 2011.
  3. Janice_Hynek
    LOVE this syrup! Extremely easy to make. I made 1/3 recipe following someone else’s suggestion in using agave rather than corn syrup and added 12g/.4 oz of 72% chocolate. I didn’t strain the syrup and it’s perfect satin after chilling. It probably doesn’t need the additional chocolate. Definite keeper recipe.
  4. Daniel R.
    easy recipe, great results! Don't over reduce it like I did. It does thicken as it cools. I added 1 square of valerona 70% cocoa bar to the recipe for a extra chocolate kick and it worked well. BigDan
  5. 995509
    It's hard to find store-bought chocolate syrup without artificial ingredients, so I really like this recipe. I've made it several times and it's always good. We avoid corn syrup, but the recipe works just fine with honey.


  1. Michael T.
    2.5 cups sugar total, not 3. i use 1.5 white sugar, 1 cup brown. i also double the vanilla



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