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Saucy and Sweet: Homemade Chocolate Sauce at Your Ice Cream Social

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.


Chocolate, anyone? (Namita Koppa)

I don’t know what the weather gods were thinking, but apparently as soon as the summer solstice descended upon Borders tan, the temperature climbed up too. It is HOT out there, guys! While beer is flowing here and here and here, sometimes it’s nice to sit down with something slightly more G-rated.

Like an ice cream sundae.

What better topping for an ice cream sundae than chocolate syrup?

What if I told you that the chocolate syrup you buy in the grocery store takes you 15 minutes to make in your own home?

Check this for your next summertime party:

Chocolate Syrup

(minus artificial sweeteners and preservatives)


  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1½ Cup Sugar (adjust to taste!)
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Syrup or Maple Syrup


  1. Over medium heat, whisk all of these ingredients together until well-blended, smooth, and shiny.
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving over ice cream, stirred with milk, in coffee, or with a spoon of your favorite nut butter!
  3. Other variations include making the chocolate sauce with less sugar and mixing it with a bit of Sriracha. Serve over poultry or even as a simple substitute for mole sauce.


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Koppa arrived in Borderstan five years ago from South Carolina, where peaches are as sweet as Southern belles. Trained as an environmental cartographer, Namita’s passions for cuisine and community have followed her around the globe from the coffee plantations of southern India to Borderstan’s own lush mulberry trees. When she’s not thinking spatially, Namita can be found dancing, running, cheering on the Duke Blue Devils, practicing yoga, making ice cream, chatting with strangers-turned-friends, and playing in the nation’s beautiful capital. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.

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