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The Fudgiest Vegan Chocolate Sauce – Made with Coconut Milk

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You can make a rich fudgy creamy vegan chocolate sauce with coconut milk and vegan butter. Heat it up with cocoa powder, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla and you’ve got a luscious silky fudge sauce.

spoon dipping out portion of chocolate sauce

When I was a young girl, my mother’s chocolate sauce was practically famous…at least in our neighborhood. She was even mentioned in our church’s cookbook- the one in which recipes were named after the author – as in “Sister so-and-so’s famous caramel corn,” or jello salad, or in my mom’s case, her chocolate fudge sauce!

So of course I had to veganize it! Subbing in the vegan butter for dairy butter was not a problem. Finding the best substitute for heavy cream and canned milk was a little more challenging until I discovered coconut milk!

Coconut milk makes everything rich and creamy and is perfect for this delicious vegan fudge sauce!

rich dark chocolate sauce being poured over vanilla ice cream
(This precious little cup belonged to my great grandmother. It was perfect for chocolate sauce!)

For some other delicious vegan dessert toppings try:

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jar of chocolate sauce with spoon dipping out a luscious serving with pinterest text overlay

Ingredients needed to make a rich and creamy vegan chocolate sauce:

  • granulated sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • lite coconut milk
  • corn syrup (Karo)
  • vegan butter
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
Ingredients needed for vegan chocolate sauce including cocoa, coconut cream, sugar, vegan butter, salt, vanilla, corn syrup

How to make vegan chocolate sauce:

Start by mixing the sugar and cocoa powder together so that most of the cocoa powder lumps disappear. You can do this right in the saucepan you will be using, or in a separate bowl.

If you are using a coated saucepan then make sure to use a wooden spoon, rubber coated whisk, or similar device so that you don’t scratch your pan.

mixing together the sugar and cocoa powder

Next, you just add in the melted butter, corn syrup, and coconut milk and stir together so that everything is mixed in. I actually do this while it’s heating and coming to a boil to save time. If you are having trouble stirring the cocoa in, then use a whisk.

mixing the ingredients together in the pan
(I eventually had to use a rubber coated whisk to fully incorporate the cocoa.)

Then continue stirring while heating on med/high till the mixture comes to a gentle boil. You don’t want to see a full rolling boil, just some gentle bubbles on top. This will take about five minutes.

bringing the chocolate sauce to a boil
(You can see some gentle bubbles on the surface.)

Once the chocolate mixture has started to boil, turn it down to med/low and continue stirring for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the mixture come to a full boil again because you risk giving the chocolate a slightly burnt taste.

Turn off the heat, stir in the vanilla and salt and you’ve got the fudgiest, creamiest vegan chocolate sauce ever!

Serving suggestions:

Oh, you mean besides just eating this luscious vegan fudge sauce with a spoon? Sure!

You can top your favorite ice creams like my Creamiest Sweet Cream Vegan Ice Cream made with banana and coconut milk!

Or drizzle on Chocolate Almond Ice Cream with Mocha!

You could bring your fruit to the next level, or drizzle in coffee.

dipping fruit kabob with strawberry, banana, and grape into the chocolate sauce

And now for the recipe:

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spoon dipping out portion of chocolate sauce

The Fudgiest Vegan Chocolate Sauce – Made with Coconut Milk

You can make a rich fudgy creamy vegan chocolate sauce with coconut milk and vegan butter. Heat it up with cocoa powder, sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla and you've got a luscious silky fudge sauce.
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Course: Dessert, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan chocolate, vegan chocolate sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • saucepan


  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 13.5 ounce can of lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup vegan butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt


  • Mix together the sugar and cocoa so that it is well blended and all of the lumps are out.
  • Add the sugar/cocoa mixture to a medium-sized saucepan along with the coconut milk, Karo syrup, and melted butter. Wisk together till all the cocoa powder is mixed in.
  • Turn on the stove-top to med/high and bring to a gentle boil, stirring the entire time. This will take about five minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to med/low and continue cooking and stirring for another 5 minutes. It should not boil again or the chocolate sauce might have a slightly burned taste.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. The chocolate sauce will thicken slightly as it cools. Pour on top of ice cream or use it as a dip!
  • This recipe will yield about 4 cups. Store in a closed quart jar in the refrigerator for two weeks. If you want to warm up to serve later, portion out the desired amount and heat in a microwavable container for 30 seconds.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
By on October 26th, 2020

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