Does Hershey’s chocolate syrup go bad?

In this article, we will answer the question “Does Hershey’s chocolate syrup go bad?”, and how long does chocolate syrup last, how to store chocolate syrup, how to make chocolate syrup at home, and what are the substitutes for chocolate syrup.

Does Hershey’s chocolate syrup go bad?

Yes, Hershey’s syrup goes bad. The best-by date on the bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup tells us how long the syrup will remain in its prime. Therefore, the syrup does not immediately go bad once it is past the printed date.

Instead the degradation of quality happiness gradually over time. If the syrup is stored incorrectly, it may go bad before the printed date. 

If your Hershey’s chocolate syrup becomes moldy, gives off a foul smell, or develops a lumpy texture, it needs to be discarded. 

How long does chocolate syrup last? 

Past Printed Date 
Chocolate syrup 2-3 years
Hershey’s syrup 2-3 years 
Hot fudge 6-12 months 
(Opened) Refrigerator 
Chocolate syrup 1-2 years 
Hershey’s syrup 1-2 years 
Hot fudge 6-8 months 

How to store chocolate syrup? 

Ideally, you should keep your chocolate syrup somewhere cold, dark, and dry. The pantry or a kitchen cabinet is your best bet. 

Moisture and temperature fluctuations are two things that rapidly degrade the quality of chocolate syrup. Therefore, keeping it away from moisture, heat from the stovetop, or sunlight is very important. 

Since the store-bought chocolate syrup contains preservatives, freezing is unnecessary. An unopened bottle of chocolate syrup can safely sit in the pantry. 

Once opened, it is better to refrigerate your chocolate syrup if the outside temperature is warm. Otherwise, it can sit at room temperature. 

Keep the bottle near the back of the fridge and not in the fridge door. Because the latter experiences frequent temperature fluctuations. 

Make sure the seal of the bottle is tight in between uses. Homemade chocolate syrup lacks any preservatives and must be refrigerated at all times. 

Last but not the least, never use a dirty spoon to take out syrup from the bottle. If the syrup slightly sets during refrigeration, microwave it for 20 secs before use.

How to make chocolate syrup at home? 


  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Fill a saucepan with water. Then stir in ¼ tsp salt, cocoa powder, and sugar. Dissolve the sugar over medium heat with continuous stirring.
  1. Heat the mixture for about 3 minutes or until a fairly thin consistency is achieved. Leave room for the syrup to thicken once it cools. 
  1. Take the saucepan off the heat. When it cools a bit, stir in the vanilla and some sugar if needed.
  1. Once the syrup is cool, tip the saucepan into an air-tight glass jar. Refrigerate the chocolate syrup for up to a month. 

Nutrition facts 

Serving: 2 tablespoons 

Calories 126 kcal
Carbohydrates 31g
Protein 2g
Fat 1g
Saturated fat 1g
Sodium 149 mg
Potassium 164 mg 
Fiber 4g
Sugar 25g
Calcium 14 mg
Iron 1 mg 

What are the best substitutes for chocolate syrup? 

Carob syrup 

Carob syrup does not contain any gluten. Plus it is low-fat and a zero-caffeine alternative to chocolate syrup. Carob syrup is made from the carob tree pods which are a rich source of antioxidants and sugars. The taste of carob syrup resembles caramel syrup due to its nutty, and smoky notes.

Maple syrup 

Male syrup comes from the sap of the maple tree and is packed with antioxidants and important minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, etc. 

You can use maple syrup as a one-to-one alternative to chocolate syrup. Alternatively, you can  heat maple syrup with unsweetened cocoa powder, and cocoa butter to make a homemade vegan chocolate syrup sub.


Honey has the leverage of health benefits as a chocolate syrup substitute. It is packed with antioxidants and bioactive compounds that lower cholesterol and protect your heart.

The consistency of the honey is just like chocolate syrup which makes it suitable for use in both cooking and baking. To mimic the taste of chocolate syrup, you can conjure up another substitute using honey.

For this, you need to mix 1 ½ cup of honey with 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 cup of water. Heat this mixture until it reaches the desired thickness. 

Other FAQs about Chocolate syrup that you may be interested in.

How long is the Chocolate Syrup good for?

Does chocolate syrup freeze?


In this article, we answered the question “Does Hershey’s chocolate syrup go bad?”, and how long does chocolate syrup last, how to store chocolate syrup, how to make chocolate syrup at home, and what are the substitutes for chocolate syrup


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.