Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce

Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce

There’s nothing like homemade chocolate sauce and this Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce is rich and thick like your favorite fudge sauce with a hit of peppermint. Skip the jarred dessert sauces and make this five minute family favorite!

Whether you’re a chocolate fiend or a mint aficionado, this Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce will win you over — and any else who happens to be near enough to see this luscious homemade chocolate sauce.

sugar, cocoa, butter, evaporated milk and peppermint extract.

I make this recipe mostly for my daughter who loves to pile mint on mint for her ice cream sundaes, but if I’m honest, Scott and I love this fudge sauce as much as she does.  It’s thick and creamy and one of the easiest if not best dessert sauces I’ve had.

Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce ingredients being whisked in a pot

As far as fudge sauce recipes go, this one is FAST… ready in about 5 minutes and made with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.  At least I did when I decided we needed something to spoon on our vanilla ice cream for dessert. Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce was ready in a flash and we were ooh-ing and aah-ing mere moments later.

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Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce cooling.

This fudge sauce recipe starts with sugar, cocoa powder and a little kosher salt.  Use the best cocoa powder you can, I prefer Scharfen Berger or Ghirardelli (and I’ve created an affiliate Amazon link below so you can get your own).

Whisk the dry ingredients together and then add a small can of evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk). Place the pan over a medium heat and whisk in the butter until its melted and well combined with the fudge sauce. The last flavor component is the peppermint extract.  If you don’t want mint in your fudge sauce, you can skip it for a truly rich and decadent homemade chocolate sauce, but if you’ve got a “thing” for mint — use it.

Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce in jars.

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce, which you can store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.  I use a couple of canning jars and squirrel one into the back of the fridge where no one knows it’s there but me… (don’t tell).

spooning Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce

This homemade chocolate sauce thickens as it cools and if you’re refrigerating it, you may want to heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave before spooning over your favorite ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce over ice cream

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5 from 11 votes

Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce

Smooth, creamy and luscious this easy 6-ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Sauce is ready in minutes.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate sauce
Dietary Restrictions Egg Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 cup sugar
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • One 5 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, salt  and cocoa powder until well combined.  Add the evaporated milk and whisk until blended.
  • Place the pan over medium heat and add the butter, whisking constantly until butter is melted.   Continue whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract.
  • Let the sauce cool slightly before spooning over ice cream.
  • To store, pour the sauce into glass jars and seal. Refrigerate for up to a week.  Best when reheated before serving.


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Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow this sauce is divine!! My family loves chocolate and mint together and this will definitely become a regular recipe in our home! I got a Ninja Creami in December so this sauce will be a wonderful accompaniment! So quick to make, too!!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is so tasty!

  3. 5 stars
    My ALL time favorite ice cream WAS Baskin Robins Bavarian Chocolate Mint . Dark chocolate ice cream with a ribbon of mint chocolate sauce running through it .They stopped making it a good 20 or so years ago ….. and I’ve been pining away ?Now I’ve finally found something as good !
    Thank you from the bottom of chocolate mint loving ??

    1. It sounds like you’re as big of a mint fan as my daughter! I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

  4. 5 stars
    Now this is a sauce I can get behind. What an awesome idea. So refreshing, yet rich and delicious! I feel like I want to dip shortbread cookies in this!

  5. 5 stars
    Now, this recipe will be one of my favorites. Looks incredible! I like all the ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    OMG – I so want to drizzle this on everything! Chocolate mint is my favorite flavor combo for desserts. Yummmm!

  7. 5 stars
    Definitely pinning this to try. I have two in my family whose favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip so I’m sure they’d appreciate this sauce as well!

  8. 5 stars
    That sauce looks addictive. I’ve just made a homemade ice-cream and this sauce will be a perfect match to it. I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. 5 stars
    That sauce is killer. Looks Absolutely delicious! Makes me drool all over your photos. YUM

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this sounds SO good!! I have never been a fan of mint ice cream, BUT mint chocolate sauce on top of my ice-cream – that I cannot wait to try. Yum!