Old Fashioned Semi-Sweet Chocolate Sauce

Call it homemade chocolate sauce, call it homemade chocolate frosting. Either way–this 5 ingredient recipe is fresh, rich, and much simpler to make than you’d think.

Last weekend was my husband’s birthday. I wanted to bake something special, but didn’t have time to bake from scratch. So I made cupcakes from a natural cake mix and offered two different frostings to the adults and kids to top themselves. 

I whipped up this semisweet chocolate sauce in minutes in one of my cast iron skillets. It was a hit! And leftovers (if you have any!) keep well in the fridge. 

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Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce

modified from food.com
serves 10-12


1/3 cup salted butter

1 cup high quality semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2-2 cups confectioners sugar, to taste

5 tablespoons half & half*


In a cast iron skillet, on low heat melt butter. Then stir in semi-sweet morsels until melted, stirring constantly. Turn off heat. Gradually whisk in confectioners sugar, half & half, and vanilla until well blended. 

Store in a glass jar (I used a 1 pint wide mouth jar)with lid for up to 2 weeks in refrigerator. Before serving microwave glass jar with icing for 30 seconds, stir, then 30 additional seconds.

*can substitute with whole milk or heavy whipping cream

Its one of those super simple recipes that just works. Try it on a cake, or even on ice cream. It works well as a sauce or icing. Hope you enjoy it!!

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