Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce For Ice Cream


I’ve given this away as a gift and made it 3 times for my own family.  It is one of those recipes that I  know I will be in the family for a very long time–it is SOOO good.

It is quick, it uses ingredients we usually have on hand, and it tastes WAY better than store bought chocolate sauce.  When I served it to my husband, he just kept grunting and saying “MMM”& “YUM” as he scraped his bowl clean.

I’m surprised he didn’t get his face in it and lick it clean!  Yes, it is that good.

Here is the recipe, it is from  It was recommended by another blog, but I can’t remember which one, which I’m feeling pretty bad about because they deserve a big thanks from me!



Lee Lee’s Famous Chocolate Sauce For Ice Cream
2 min/1 minute prep time

Serves 4-6

1/2 cup sugar (I use whole cane sugar -rapadura)
2 Tablespoon Cocoa
1/8 tsp Salt
1 1/2-2 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 cup water (more or less, as needed to make a stir-able consistency)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (can’t beat 100% pure vanilla extract!)

1. Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a small saucepan.
2. Add enough water to make stir-able consistency.
3. Add butter to cocoa mixture.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
5. Allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring.
6. Remove from heat.
7. Add vanilla.
8. Serve warm over ice cream.

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  • Deirdre
    December 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I realize this was posted many years ago, but I am wondering what I did wrong when I made this. It came out very grainy, like there was too much sugar. Is it suppose to be grainy or smooth?

  • danette campbell
    November 23, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Made this today. It is delicious! My other chocolate sauce recipe hardens right away (corn syrup I am guessing). My first batch was runny and I didn’t use the full 1/4 of water, my second batch was much better after only using a couple of TBSP of water.
    I have it in the frig and I am hoping I can just pop it in the microwave to heat it up when guests arrive. YUMMY!

  • Mike and Katie
    January 14, 2013 at 5:39 am

    made it and it was delicious! thanks

  • Keri On
    May 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I see you posted it quite a while ago, but I am just finding it. I made it w/ coconut oil. Tastes great! I have only just made it, so don’t know how it will handle the refrigerator. (Does the coconut oil solidify too much?) But, I don’t think any of this will make it to the refrigerator, so I won’t know that this time! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    February 23, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Hey! I didn’t have any chocolate syrup but had some cocoa.
    So on a whim……… That! is very good!

  • Katie
    January 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Just tried this and it was delicious! Thanks!

  • Amy Bowman
    July 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Yes, this needs refrigerated. If you want dairy free, coconut oil would be great in this, I think! I will try that version and let you all know!

  • Christine
    July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Looks delish! I’m allergic to dairy so I might try this with oil instead….. thanks for the printer tip in the comments!

  • ★All Thingz Related★
    May 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve gotta try it!
    Thanks for sharing, this week, @ Anything Related!

  • Keep Calm and Decorate
    May 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Delicious and cute packaging!
    What more could a person ask for? I am visiting from All Things Related.

  • Lisa
    May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Can you say YUM?? Wow I am totally craving chocolate now. I think you could put that sauce on cardboard and I’d eat it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lorrie Everitt Studio
    May 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful … will have to share this recipe with my ice cream loving daughters. Love the packaging.
    Found your blog at All Things Related …
    I have a creative blog at
    if you get a minute please visit!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    That looks so good then again you had me at
    the word chocolate!

  • Sherry
    May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Yummmmm-ooooooo! Looks marvelous. I have one question though, does it need to be refrigerated? Just wondered – it would be an awesome gift!

  • Me and My Pink Mixer
    May 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Yum – I can’t wait to try this! Love the way you have packaged it too!

  • Wander
    May 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Umm, you’re speaking my love language!

    I’m wondering…if you use it as a gift, do you make it…seal it and refridgerate it?

    This may be a DUH question….just wondering!?

  • Amy Bowman
    May 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    @Lisa-yes, I need a #9!

    @ Nikki-butter pecan cake, oh yum. How did it turn out?

    @Raggygirlvintage- you must!

    @Martianne-You are welcome. For the print friendly button, go to and click on “get your button” it will tell you what to do. Nifty, huh?

    @Jessa Thanks.

    @Kate- you are welcom. enjoy.

  • Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven)
    May 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    What a great idea! Easy and everyone loves chocolate, I will have to keep this one in mind!

  • Kate @ The Gaines Gang
    May 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing I can’t wait to try this one!

  • Martianne
    May 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Oo. Yum! Our family of chocoholics who prefer to eat healthy, but cannot resist chocolate will have to try this. It will be cheaper than buying the organic stuff I sometimes buy and looks so easy. Thank you!

    And a random question – how did you set up your printer friendly button at the bottom of your blog posts? I love that! To print this out I did not need to cut and paste… Please let me know how you did it…

  • *Nikki*
    May 18, 2010 at 2:11 am

    mmm…sounds really good..I am actually going to go try it right now..I just made a butter pecan cake…that would be extra delicious if I drizzle that chocolate syrup on top!!!
    thank you!!! I let you know how it turns out!!

  • raggygirlvintage
    May 18, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Sounds very yum, have to give that a try!

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I notice #8 says: Serve warm over ice cream. I think you should add #9: Dive in with a spoon!!! Looks delicious. I’m going to have to try this.


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