Granny Whitaker’s Chocolate Sauce

This chocolate sauce recipe hit me right in the feels…I think we were basically reared on it. For years I didn’t know you could buy pre-made chocolate sauce for ice cream, that’s how often there was a delicious jug of home made chocolate sauce in the fridge! My Granny’s hand writing is on the page so she must have given this to my mum at some point when we were little, hence why I’ve opted to call it Granny Whitaker’s Chocolate Sauce. Once you’ve made the sauce, you can just store it in the fridge, it keeps for months! No need to freeze it and don’t be alarmed it wont go hard. The liquid stays fluid and cocoa-ey delicious! The whole idea is to have the sauce ready to use at any time. I’ve used this sauce on brownies, over ice cream, on banana filled pancakes and it’s always a hit.


The ingredients in this recipe can be altered and played with to suit your taste buds, we used to make it with more sugar, so it was sweeter. Less sugar and more cocoa will make it more bitter (dark chocolate like). So play with what you find delicious.

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  •  3/4’s cup of cocoa
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup syrup


  1. Sift the cocoa, sugar and salt together (Tip: stir back and forth over the sieve with the back of a spoon to break down the granular sugar)
  2. Mix well and place into a cooking pot
  3. Add the boiling water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved
  4. Put the pot on the stove and bring to the boil for exactly one minute
  5. Remove from the stove and stir in the vanilla essence and syrup
  6. Allow to cool before pouring into a jug or jar for the fridge. Your home made chocolate sauce is now ready to serve!

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My children one day will also know when they have ice cream that there’ll always be a handy jar/jug of chocolate sauce on hand in the fridge thanks to this fabulous recipe. Granny Whitaker was my father’s mother…I’ll always remember her by her crazy fun faces that she pulled and her sowing skills, which I unfortunately did not inherit!

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