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Homemade Staples: Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

A good chocolate sauce can really raise the bar for your desserts.  If you’ve never made your own chocolate sauce before, you’ll see how incredibly easy it is and vow never to buy store-bought sauce again (with loads of ingredients with hard to pronounce names).

Plus, chocolate sauce put in small canning jars as shown above make wonderful hostess gifts!

Chocolate Sauce

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbs arrowroot
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Once it starts boiling, it will thicken.  Once desired consistency, remove from heat.  (If the chocolate sauce gets too thick, just add a dash of water and it stir.  It will thin out.)

Add vanilla to mixture and stir until combined.

Pour over dessert.

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34 comments on “Homemade Staples: Chocolate Sauce

  1. gotasté
    May 28, 2013

    Kenley, I would love to have it with turkey 🙂

  2. apuginthekitchen
    May 28, 2013

    Arrowroot powder, what a great idea!! This sounds fantastic.

  3. leaner by the lake
    May 28, 2013

    Um hello, hot fudge sundaes with coconut milk ice cream!

  4. now at home mom
    May 28, 2013

    yummy! I will be trying this chocolate sauce for sure! you know, I’m a big fan of anything with chocolate and I’m up for anything I can do myself! 🙂 thanks for sharing it with us Kenley! 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      May 29, 2013

      Glad you like it Ingrid! Super easy and tasty — and works well with so many desserts. I also found it to be really yummy to clean the bowl with a few fresh strawberries! 😉
      Kenley

  5. How to make chocolate sauce is dangerous knowledge…I foresee a lot more ice cream in my future!

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  7. gentlestitches
    May 28, 2013

    HaHa! any recipe page starting with chocolate has my attention. Also you are right about “unpronounceable” names. I like to give my family, food that is as natural as possible and “home cooking” is one way to do it. I know my friends would be impressed and appreciative if I turned up with this! Yum!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      May 29, 2013

      Thanks! So glad you like it! And yes — home cooking is the perfect way to provide your family with as natural and as nutritious food as possible! 🙂
      Kenley

  8. Neaten Your Nest
    May 28, 2013

    Aaah! I don’t even know what arrowroot is! Where do I find it? 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      May 29, 2013

      Arrowroot is a gluten-free starch and used as a thickener. Similar to using cornstarch or flour. I like using it because it thickens at a lower temperature than cornstarch or flour — which makes it perfect for recipes like this chocolate sauce — too high of a temperature and you would risk burning the chocolate. The only thing I would not use it for is with dairy — it doesn’t mix well and makes more of a slimy substance.
      Kenley

      • Neaten Your Nest
        May 29, 2013

        Awesome, thank you so much! I pinned this post so I remember to try it and I”ll have to put arrowroot on the list. Thank you again!

      • Green Door Hospitality
        May 29, 2013

        You are quite welcome, Erin! 🙂
        Oh — and forgot to mention that you can find arrowroot in the same aisle as cornstarch, as well as amongst the small bags of ‘specialty flours’ (despite the fact that it isn’t a flour).

      • Neaten Your Nest
        May 30, 2013

        OK, thanks! I could have wandered the aisles for hours looking for it…Ha!

      • Green Door Hospitality
        May 30, 2013

        Ha! I’m just imagining you wandering around whispering “Arrowroot….where are you arrowroot? Come out, come out wherever you are.”

  9. mmmarzipan
    May 29, 2013

    Kenley! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I have often thought about making chocolate sauce in a pinch to go with dessert… and I love that this is vegan too! Very clever 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      May 29, 2013

      Thanks!! Yes… vegan and gluten-free AND DELICIOUS! Can’t go wrong there! 🙂

      • mmmarzipan
        May 29, 2013

        perfect!!! 🙂

      • mmmarzipan
        May 30, 2013

        Just tried this tonight! It thickened up a bit too much as I think the heat was too high for a little too long, however it is **very** easy to adjust the consistency by adding a touch more water and stirring well! Easy! 🙂 Thank you, Kenley! xx

      • Green Door Hospitality
        June 4, 2013

        So glad you made the chocolate sauce! And yes, very good point. I’ll add that to the end to remind people that if it does thicken up too much to just add a bit more water.
        Kenley

  10. what do you use it for? is it like Nutella?

    • Green Door Hospitality
      May 29, 2013

      Not quite. Nutella is more of a spread. This is a sauce to be poured over desserts. So for instance the Kahlua Ice Cream I posted — or any other ice cream. Also good poured over angel food cake, banana splits, strawberry tarts, etc. 🙂
      Kenley

  11. This would be the perfect Food Swap gift if you decide to come to one!

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