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Chocolate syrup
Chocolate syrup covering a bowl of ice cream
Main ingredientsCocoa powder, sugar water

Chocolate syrup is a sweet, chocolate-flavored condiment. It is often used as a topping or dessert sauce for various desserts, such as ice cream, or mixed with milk to make chocolate milk or blended with milk and ice cream to make a chocolate milkshake. Chocolate syrup is sold in a variety of consistencies, ranging from a thin liquid that can be drizzled from a bottle to a thick sauce that needs to be spooned onto the dessert item.

Chocolate syrup is also used to top puddings and cakes. Some restaurants use an artistic drizzling of chocolate syrup to decorate servings of cheesecake or cake, along with other decorations such as cocoa powder, powdered sugar or chocolate shavings. Some brands of chocolate syrup are marketed as chocolate milk syrup (e.g., Nesquik). Other brands are marketed as ice cream sundae toppings.


A simple chocolate syrup can be made from unsweetened cocoa powder, a sweetener such as sugar, and water. Recipes may also include other ingredients, such as corn syrup, malt, and flavorings like vanilla extract.[1]

Industrial recipes may contain ingredients such as:[2]

Other uses

Beginning in the 1890s, chocolate syrup was marketed as a treatment for ailments, including for infants suffering from colic. In part due to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which required clear and accurate labeling, chocolate syrup began to transition from primarily medical application to commercial use.[3]

Chocolate syrup was often used in black-and-white movies to simulate blood, because it was safe for the performers to swallow, easy to get out of clothing, and cheap to buy. It also has an effective-looking viscosity on film. The effect was used in many movies, including The Wasp Woman and Psycho.


See also


  1. ^ "HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup". The Hershey Company. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ Simply Dixon
  3. ^ Maya Wei-Haas (6 September 2017). "The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syrup". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2017.