Old Fashioned Semi-Sweet Chocolate Sauce Recipe

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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.

Homemade chocolate sauce recipe

I made cupcakes using a natural cake mix and offered two frosting options for adults and kids to add on their own. I whipped up this semisweet chocolate sauce in minutes in one of my cast iron skillets and it was a hit!

It is always a good idea to save your leftovers for later. You can easily store this in the fridge and enjoy it as a delicious dessert another time.

Semi-sweet chocolate clips in a cast iron skillet

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Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce Ingredients

  • salted butter
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  • confectioners sugar
  • half & half (see substitution options below)

How to Make Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Get ready for a journey to chocolate heaven with our amazing Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce.

Start by melting plenty of butter in a cast iron skillet on low heat, and let the smell fill your kitchen.

Drop in the semi-sweet morsels, and keep stirring until they melt into a smooth and silky mixture.

Step by step directions for homemade chocolate sauce

Then, turn off the heat and blend in the confectioners’ sugar, half & half, and a dash of vanilla, whisking everything together until you get a velvety consistency.

Let the sauce cool for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Finally, transfer this delicious chocolate sauce into a glass jar or plastic container, and get ready to elevate your desserts to a whole new level of chocolaty goodness.

Your taste buds will love it!

Homemade chocolate sauce recipe

This semi-sweet homemade chocolate sauce recipe tastes great on cake or ice cream.

Homemade chocolate sauce recipe with a cupcake
Homemade chocolate sauce recipe

Frequently Asked Questions For Making Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Do I need any special equipment to make this chocolate sauce?

Creating a homemade chocolate sauce is a straightforward process that doesn’t require any fancy equipment. All you need are basic kitchen essentials: a cast iron skillet, a stirring utensil, and a whisk.

Can I adjust the level of sweetness or incorporate different flavors to customize the recipe?

Absolutely! One of the joys of making homemade chocolate sauce is the flexibility to tailor the sweetness and flavor profile to your liking.

If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can adjust the amount of confectioners’ sugar, adding a little more for an extra touch of sweetness. You can experiment with different types of chocolate or add extracts like mint or almond to infuse unique flavors.

What is the best way to store my homemade chocolate sauce?

I stored this in a glass jar (I specifically used a 1 pint wide-mouth jar) with a lid.

How long can the chocolate sauce be stored in the fridge?

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Just be sure to microwave the glass jar with icing for 30 seconds, stir, then 30 additional seconds before serving.

Homemade chocolate sauce recipe

Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Indulge your senses with our Semi-Sweet Homemade Chocolate Sauce, a velvety blend of rich cocoa and premium ingredients that effortlessly transforms any dessert into a masterpiece, bringing sweetness to every spoonful.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a cast iron skillet, on low heat, melt butter.
  2. Then stir in semi-sweet morsels until melted, stirring constantly.
  3. Turn off the heat.
  4. Gradually whisk in confectioners sugar, half & half, and vanilla until well blended. 
  5. Allow 15 minutes to cool.
  6. Store in a glass jar.


*can substitute with whole milk or heavy whipping cream

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 251Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 1g

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