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  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian

This chocolate sauce is a simple, impressive and indulgent recipe that is perfect for dipping or using in a wide variety of delicious desserts.

  • Serves18, Makes 1 1/2 cups (375ml) + per 20ml serve
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes
Chocolate sauce


  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • 100g dark or milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Pinch sea salt flakes

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 339kJ/81 Cals (4%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 8g (11%), Sat Fat: 5g (21%), Sodium: 15mg (1%), Carb: 3g (1%), Sugar: 2g (2%), Dietary Fibre: 0.1g (0%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and add chocolate, vanilla and salt. Set aside for 5 mins to melt. Stir until smooth and combined.

Recipe tip

Cook. Store. Save
You can store leftover chocolate sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 

Chocolate sauce recipe

Smooth, rich and glossy, chocolate sauce is the ultimate indulgence. With fresh thickened cream, melted milk or dark chocolate, and perhaps some vanilla bean paste or sea salt flakes, it makes for a decadent drizzle over ice cream, banana splits, cakes, brownies, crispy churros and more. It’s even a perfect chocolate dipping sauce for fresh strawberries. 

A divine sweet treat or simple yet impressive dessert at any time of year, it’s also the ideal way to make the most of leftover chocolate – perhaps that block of dark chocolate in the fridge or those Easter eggs you’ve been trying to avoid snacking on! A favourite at any age, with its irresistible combination of all those devilishly good ingredients, this easy chocolate sauce is impossible not to love! 

How to make chocolate sauce

Your favourite plain dark or milk chocolate will work perfectly for this dipping chocolate sauce recipe. Next, keep it simple! Melt the chocolate with some warmed thickened cream and add a dash of vanilla bean paste and a pinch of sea salt flakes to lift the flavour.

Some recipes may add cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate hit, or chunks of butter to boost the glossiness and drizzle factor. While you don’t need to add any extra sugar, a dash of golden syrup or a swirl of caramel may be a welcome addition. 

What other flavourings can be added to chocolate sauce?

While classic chocolate sauce is always a winner, you might want to switch up the style of your sauce with extra ingredients or flavourings in this recipe for chocolate sauce. The aim with anything you add is to subtly enhance the flavour and complement the chocolate rather than overpower it. Perhaps a little dash of mint liqueur for a fresh twist, a spoonful of espresso coffee or coffee liqueur for added punch, or even a little peanut butter for an irresistible swirl of nutty creaminess. 

Now get cooking

Looking for some more recipes for chocolate sauce and cooking inspiration? Why not try sweet potato churros with warm chocolate sauce, this decadent poached pears with chocolate sauce, or for the ultimate morning pick-me-up chocolate pancakes.