Ice Cream Sodas with Homemade Chocolate Syrup!

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Ice Cream Sodas are so easy that even kids can make ’em! What takes these ice cream sodas over the edge though is the inclusion of Homemade Chocolate Syrup that is made in minutes. Serve the sodas topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a cherry for a yummy sweet treat for summer!

Ice Cream Sodas with Homemade Chocolate Syrup in a sundae glass, topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a cherry. Similar photos of the recipe/dish from various angles are used throughout and with different text overlay unless otherwise described.

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

We all deserve a treat once in a while and these ice cream sodas with homemade chocolate syrup could be the treat you are looking for!

Sure you can buy chocolate syrup at the store, but sometimes it is really satisfying to make your own. Plus you know exactly what goes into it. No hard-to-read ingredients in this syrup!

Just five ingredients are used in this recipe – and one of those is water! You could also make your own no-churn-vanilla-ice-cream if you like (but I won’t tell if you buy it!)

Ice Cream Soda or Ice Cream Float?

This is another one of those “it depends on where you live in the world” things! Which if you’re a regular reader of my blog is a recurring thing!

In the US, an ice cream soda is made with ice cream, syrup, and club soda (soda water/carbonated water – they’re all pretty much the same thing). An ice cream float is made with ice cream and a flavored soda – often root bear or Coke.

In New Zealand and Australia, ice cream sodas/floats are called spiders (according to Wiki at least!) and I’m not sure how I feel about that!!

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon below.

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

Use old-fashioned soda glasses to serve your ice cream sodas, don’t forget straws and long spoons!

Ice Cream Soda with Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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How Do I Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Ice Cream Soda with Cherry on Top

Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Ice Cream Sodas

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make this yummy homemade chocolate syrup to use in ice cream sodas (recipe included!) as well as for milkshakes and ice cream sundaes!


For the Chocolate Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt

For the Ice Cream Soda

  • 1 cup club soda
  • 3 cup vanilla ice cream


  • Whipped cream
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. To make the chocolate syrup, combine the water, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a small pan set over medium heat.

    Chocolate Syrup ingredients
  2. Whisk vigorously until the sugar is dissolved and the cocoa powder is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture, approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

    Finished chocolate syrup
  3. Add a large spoonful of chocolate syrup to each serving glass and top with enough club soda to fill each glass halfway. Divide the ice cream between the glasses and top with additional chocolate syrup.

    Chocolate Syrup into Glass

  4. To serve, top each ice cream soda with a generous amount of whipped cream, mini-chocolate chips, and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!

    Ice Cream Soda with Whipped Cream

    Ice Cream Soda with Cherry on Top
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 664Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 4gSugar: 92gProtein: 10g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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