So, you’ve made some chocolate sauce, and now you’re wondering what to do with it.
It’s a pretty common question.
We’ve had it happen to us, too.
But don’t worry: we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to use up leftover chocolate sauce so that you can get back to your life—and make more chocolate!
What to Do with Leftover Chocolate Sauce?
If you have leftover chocolate sauce from making brownies or ice cream cakes, there are lots of things you can do with it! You can use leftover chocolate sauce as a topping for pancakes or waffles. You can also drizzle some over ice cream or use it as frosting in place of regular vanilla frosting on cupcakes or cookies!
Keep reading for more ideas!
1. Use It to Make a Volcano Cake
This is a classic treat that’s great for entertaining and will wow your guests.
The best part?
You can make it with things you already have at home.
Just grab a premade cake mix, and use the leftover chocolate sauce to make the volcano center of the cake.
Once your guests dig into the cake and uncover the volcano, it’ll erupt with a gush of chocolate syrup.
They’ll love it!
2. Spread It on Top of Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
If you’ve got a pint of ice cream in your freezer and feel like something sweet but not too heavy, try drizzling some leftover chocolate sauce on top and sprinkling it with some sea salt.
It‘ll be like eating ice cream sundaes—but more fun!
3. Put It in Your Hot Cocoa (we Recommend a Teaspoon per Cup)
If you’re not feeling super creative or just want an easy way to use up your holiday chocolate sauce, then this is for you!
Just add a teaspoon of leftover chocolate sauce per cup of hot cocoa before heating up on the stovetop—that’s all there is to it!
4. Use It in Your Next Batch of Brownies or Cookies
When making brownies or cookies with chocolate chips or chunks, just add an extra spoonful of leftover chocolate sauce instead.
Then bake them just like normal!
Your friends are going to love this unexpected twist on their favorite treats.
5. Spread It on Toast
Don’t let a little extra sauce go to waste! Take that jar and put it on toast.
- Get yourself some bread and spread it with butter or peanut butter (or both!).
- Take your leftover chocolate sauce and put a generous amount on top of the bread.
- Eat! You can eat this without adding any more toppings, but if you need to add something else, try sprinkling some cinnamon or nutmeg over the top before you eat it—or add some whipped cream, peanut butter chips, marshmallows… whatever sounds good!
6. Mix It in With Your Coffee
You can also use it to make your coffee taste like a chocolatey treat from your childhood.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of hot coffee into a mug, then pour in about 1/2 cup of ice cubes.
- Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or melted chocolate chips, stirring until completely dissolved.
- Add another 1/4 cup hot water and stir again until completely dissolved.
7. Use It as A Dip for Fruit
It’s a super easy way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies.
And it’s delicious, too.
- Scoop out the leftover chocolate sauce from your mug into a small bowl.
- Cut up some fresh fruit (like strawberries) into bite-sized chunks and toss them in the bowl with the chocolate sauce until they’re coated well.
- Let your kids eat their creation!
If you want to get fancy, you can add nuts or sprinkles on top before serving.
8. Make Chocolate Pancakes
Instead of just throwing out your chocolate sauce, make chocolate pancakes!
It’s easy and fun, and it gives you a great excuse to use the rest of that chocolate sauce.
- Heat up some oil in a pan on medium-high heat. While you’re waiting for it to get hot, measure out 1 cup of flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder into your mixing bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg (beaten), and 1/2 cup milk into your mixing bowl. Then mix until everything is combined—you should have a thick batter at this point!
- Pour about 1/3 of a cup of batter into the pan at a time (depending on how big your pan is). Wait until bubbles appear on top before flipping them over; this should take about 5 minutes per side (or until golden brown).
- Serve warm with chocolate syrup or powdered sugar on top!
9. Use It to Make Chocolate Milk Popsicles or Ice Lollies
This is a great idea for the kids, or for anyone who wants a cool and refreshing treat on a hot day.
To make this treat, all you have to do is combine your leftover chocolate sauce with milk in equal parts in any popsicle mold or ice lolly tray (molds work better than trays because they freeze faster).
Freeze overnight and enjoy!
This is also a great way to use up your leftover chocolate sauce if it has been sitting out too long and has started to harden up—it will still taste good!
Just remember: if your mixture looks like it might be too thick once frozen, add more milk until it reaches the right consistency.
10. Make a Chocolate Milkshake with It
You can also use it to make a chocolate milkshake that will be the talk of the town.
It’s so easy!
Just grab a carton of milk or soy milk, add it to a blender along with 1/4 cup of ice, then pour in a little bit of leftover chocolate sauce (we recommend using at least ¼ cup if you want to get the full effect).
Blend until smooth, then serve in glasses with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. Your friends will be begging for more—and they’ll never guess what went into making it!
11. Stir Into Oatmeal or Quinoa Porridge for An Extra-Delicious Treat
In case you’re not feeling like making a cake today, try stirring leftover chocolate sauce into your oatmeal or quinoa porridge for an extra-delicious treat!
12. Make Your Own Chocolate Syrup
If you’re feeling crafty, why not try making your own chocolate syrup?
This is an easy process that only takes about 20 minutes of prep time before you can start enjoying your very own homemade treat!
Just melt down some chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth, then add in some water and mix until combined.
If you want extra sweetness or flavor, add in sugar and vanilla extract (or any other flavorings) at this point as well.
Pour into bottles or jars for storage in the fridge (or freezer if necessary).
13. Add It to A Smoothie
If you’re looking for something new to add to your morning routine, try adding a little bit of leftover chocolate sauce to your favorite smoothie recipe—it’ll add just enough sweetness without overpowering your taste buds!
14. Make a Chocolate Pizza
Forget about pepperoni—pizza is better when there’s chocolate involved!
We recommend making this dreamy creation in advance so that when your guests arrive (hopefully in time for dinner), all they need to do is pop it in the oven and cook until golden brown on top.
15. Mix It Into Some Greek Yogurt and Top with Granola
If you’re looking for something healthy to do with your leftovers, try mixing them into some Greek yogurt and sprinkling some granola on top!
You can also add some fresh fruit like raspberries or blueberries if you want more color or sweetness in your dish.
16. Spread It on A Bagel
If you’re not into making cakes, try this simple recipe instead:
Spread some bagels with leftover chocolate sauce and top them off with a sprinkling of chocolate chips and sea salt!
What could be better than that?
17. Make Truffles
Or maybe you want something more decadent?
Try making truffles!
It’s super easy:
Just melt some chocolate chips (or use your leftover chocolate sauce) over medium heat in a double boiler, then pour into ice cube trays or other small containers—and freeze!
When they’re frozen solid (like an ice cube), pop them out and roll each one in cocoa powder or shredded coconut until completely coated.
Now all that’s left is eating them up!
18. Add It to Your Hot Tea
Chocolate and tea go together like peanut butter and jelly, so this is one of our favorites!
Just add some hot water or milk to your mug of tea (we recommend Earl Grey or English Breakfast), then drizzle in some leftover chocolate sauce before stirring it up and enjoying!
19. Use It to Make Chocolate Fudge
If you have some extra time on your hands and want to make something really delicious, try making some chocolate fudge!
Just melt down some milk chocolate chips and butter together until smooth, then add heavy cream until it reaches your desired consistency (we like ours thick).
Pour it into a baking dish lined with wax paper or parchment paper and let it cool completely before cutting into squares—and enjoy!
What to Do with Leftover Chocolate Sauce (19 Great Ideas)
- Use It to Make a Volcano Cake
- Spread It on Top of Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
- Put It in Your Hot Cocoa (we Recommend a Teaspoon per Cup)
- Use It in Your Next Batch of Brownies or Cookies
- Spread It on Toast
- Mix It in With Your Coffee for A Chocolatey Treat that Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again
- Use It as A Dip for Fruit
- Make Chocolate Pancakes
- Use It to Make Chocolate Milk Popsicles or Ice Lollies
- Make a Chocolate Milk Shake with It
- Stir Into Oatmeal or Quinoa Porridge for An Extra-Delicious Treat
- Make Your Own Chocolate Syrup
- Add It to A Smoothie
- Make a Chocolate Pizza
- Mix It Into Some Greek Yogurt and Top with Granola
- Spread It on A Bagel
- Make Truffles
- Add It to Your Hot Tea
- Use It to Make Chocolate Fudge
- Pick any of the ideas from this list to use up your chocolate sauce.
- Prepare the rest of your meal.
- Be ready to munch in no time!