Chocolate Gravy


This morning I was making biscuits when my daughter announced that she wanted chocolate for breakfast. Hey, the gal is smart. Even at the tender age of three, she knows what she needs. As I mixed up my biscuit dough, I had one of those light bulb moments – chocolate gravy. Its one of those things that old people in the south expound about, recalling with wistful smiles normally reserved for Christmas morning. Still, having been a southerner all of my life, I had never actually tried it. I admit, it did sound a bit odd to me and always has.

Today, with biscuits going in the oven and Katy requesting chocolate, fate pointed me in the direction of the recipe and with all ingredients on hand, I had to give it a shot. :)

In days of old, with flour in abundance and other resources scarce, biscuits made a great breakfast and filling snack any time of day. Sweets were not a regular occurrence and so waking up in the morning to find fresh biscuits and a boat of chocolate gravy was a wondrous treat. It was poured over the buttered biscuits, then the tender bread soaks it up and as I found out today – you are then on your way to heaven no matter what the day has in store for you.
Here is the recipe I used, Don’t try this unless you want the flavor to linger in your mind for the rest of your life. It was purely divine.

You’ll need sugar, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, and butter. As always, exact recipe is at the bottom of this post :).

Put sugar in a heavy saucepan, add flour.
…and cocoa powder

….and milk…
Stir well.

It will be a little lumpy but those will cook up so don’t worry. Just keep stirring. We want to stir this constantly, over medium heat. The goal is to bring it slowly to a boil. We need to be careful though, because if you stop stirring it the milk will scorch rather easily.

When it comes to a low boil, turn the heat off and continue stirring for a minute or two. This will thicken up rather suddenly to the consistency of a thin gravy. Haven’t you enjoyed smelling it all this time? Its like a chocolate steam spa!

Add butter and stir well.

This is so good, I had to show a series of photos to get to the finished product!
Yes, those are homemade biscuits, too!

I hope you can smell this. If not, get into your kitchen and make up some quick! Chocolate Gravy is super easy, but such an indulgent taste!

Chocolate Gravy
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine everything except butter in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  2. Once boiling, cut the heat down and stir for a minute more (it will get pretty thick rather suddenly). Take off heat and stir in butter.
  3. Pour over biscuits. I tear my biscuit up in a bowl first and then pour it over.

You can die happy now.


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  1. angela says

    My husbands best friend has always talked about his momma’s chocolate gravy. Coming from the south, cant believe I have never heard of this… Hope to surprise him with this recipe next time we get together… Thanks bunches

  2. Patty says

    My Grandma used to make this for us when we were little and not on special occasions, Just because. My husband thought I was crazy when I told him about chocolate gravy….LOL, He’s not from the South. I could never get the recipe as Grandma said : Honey, I dont measure anything I just throw it in there until it looks right.” I dont remeber the gravy being very sweet, Is that too much sugar?

  3. Rhonda says

    I am 61 years old and my mother made my sister and I “chocolate sop” all the time growing up here in Southern Indiana-she was from NC. When we visited her family and we requested it for breakfast our great-aunt would shake her head-she said that they were so poor it was about the only thing they could fix cheaply for all the kids! Our recipe is delicious but much simpler-1 large serving spoon of cocoa, 2 large serving spoons of flour, 3 large serving spoons of sugar-mix up and add water to desired consistency and add a large dollop of butter. Dip your biscuits in! Yummmy! I am going to try your recipe too.

    • Carol says

      My mother made it with water too. That is the only way I like it. I tried a recipe made with milk and didn’t like it. I like to break my biscuits into bite size pieces and pour my gravy over it. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

      • Denese says

        I make mine with water too. That’s the way I was taught. My relatives in the south didn’t have a lot of money, so it was pretty inexpensive to make it with water instead of milk.

  4. M Mowdy says

    Try this on hot waffles! If you blend the dry ingredients together before you add the milk, there will be no lumps. We enjoy 1/2 the amount of flour and twice the cocoa and sugar. My wife thought it was crazy. I’ve been enjoying chocolate gravy for 56 years (maybe longer…can’t remember very well since my diabetes set in!)

  5. Donna B. says

    My grandma always added a teaspoon of vanilla after it was taken off the heat. Instead of adding butter to the pan, we each add it to our own bowls. Oh, and we call it Cocoa Gravy. It is definitely one of those “if you like it, you’ll love it and if you don’t, you’ll hate it” kinda things!

  6. GK says

    My mother used to fix this for me and my brother on Christmas morning. It was wonderful. My grandmother made it for her and she just kept the tradition going. And yes we are Southern ;). Everyone always looks at me crazy when I mention chocolate gravy but it is a little bit of heaven on Earth.

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