Carob is an alternative to chocolate with a very similar taste. If carob chips are not available, you can substitute dark chocolate. Extra date syrup can be used in place of honey, maple syrup, agave or other sweeteners. The syrup will thicken in the refrigerator. When ready to use, loosen it with a little hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it becomes the desired consistency. Carob is an alternative to chocolate but tastes very similar. You can substitute dark chocolate instead if carob chips are not available.