Easy-peasy chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Sauce

This is possibly the best chocolate sauce ever. With only three ingredients, one of which comes from the tap, it’s also one of the easiest. It’s quite a sharp chocolate sauce – dark chocolate, not milk – but since it’s usually served with creamy and sweet things, that’s OK. The flavours balances out.

Serves: 2 if using a default 100 ml measure. (That yields a little over 100 ml sauce). Prep: 0 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes.
Stores: Up to a week in the fridge.


  • Small to medium pot
  • Cup measure or cup
  • Whisk


  • 1 part (default 100 ml) cocoa
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part water


  1. Put the sugar and cocoa in the pot and whisk gently to mix. This helps the coca mix with the water without lumps.
  2. Add the water and whisk.
  3. Put on the stove on medium heat, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t catch or burn.
  4. Bring to the boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about five minutes. The longer you cook it, the more water boils off, raising the proportion of sugar and also the stickness of the sauce. If you reduce it right down, it will be chocolate-flavoured burnt sugar.
  5. Serve hot, or let cool. Cool, it’s the consistency of syrup.


  • Milk chocolate: Add a couple of tablespoons of cream to lighten the sauce and make it a little more like milk chocolate.
  • Chocolate orange: Grate in the zest of a 50-pence piece size of orange rind.
  • Spice & nice: Add a pinch of cinnamon and half a ground pod of cardamom.
  • Unexpectedly hot: Add a tiny pinch of dried chilli to spice it up. Particularly nice with coconut ice cream.
  • Fondue: Make a quadruple batch, keep heated and serve with cake, fruit and marshmallows to dip. Call it chocolate fondue.
  • Caramel: Add a couple of generous spoonfuls of dulche de leche and you have caramel cholocate sauce. Or fondue.
  • Hot chocolate: Pour a couple of tablespoons into a cup, top up with hot milk. Ta dah!
  • Mousse: Whip some double-cream stiff, fold in room-temperature chocolate sauce and put into ramekins. If there’s sauce over, pour this on top of the ramekins and let set in the fridge.

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