Chocolate Gravy Recipe

Using pantry staples, this Southern-style chocolate gravy recipe is so quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely incredible served with homemade biscuits.

pouring chocolate gravy on biscuits.

Does a chocolate gravy recipe sound a bit odd to you?  Well, for me, a professed chocolate lover, nothing with chocolate is ever ruled out but I was intrigued as to what this recipe would taste like when I whipped it up. For me, this sweet gravy is perfect: not too rich, but has that silky smooth chocolate flavor I adore.

Chocolate gravy’s roots are in the South for sure. Anywhere from Louisiana to Tennessee has claimed its origin even dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Anything that lasted that long just has to be good!

A Little History About the Chocolate Gravy Recipe

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, so waking up in the morning to find fresh buttermilk biscuits and a boat of chocolate gravy was a wondrous treat. It was poured over the buttered flaky biscuits, then the tender bread soaks it up and as I found out when I tried it – you are then on your way to heaven no matter what the day has in store for you.

Here is the old-fashioned chocolate gravy 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. Also, scroll down to find some suggestions about what else you can do with this special biscuit and chocolate gravy recipe.

chocolate gravy ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Milk
  • Butter

Add sugar, flour, and cocoa to saucepan.

Put the dry ingredients (the sugar, flour, and cocoa) in a heavy saucepan.

add milk to saucepan.

Add the milk.

stir ingredients together in saucepan.

Whisk together well.

Constantly stir gravy and bring to a boil.

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.

Add butter to saucepan.

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.

Add butter and stir well.

chocolate gravy bowl

Pour your chocolate gravy into a gravy boat and then get ready to pour it over your warm biscuits. 

If you’re looking for a homemade biscuit recipe, here it is!

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! Scroll down to see what you can do with this delightful dessert.


Store chocolate gravy leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just reheat in the microwave before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Use whichever cocoa powder you prefer in this gravy recipe. I like the natural unsweetened cocoa powder but if you like Dutch-process cocoa powder, go for it!
  • For more flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt at the end, just before serving.

Recipe FAQs

What else can you do with this chocolate gravy recipe?

Well, I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of this but add some custard filling in the biscuit or some vanilla ice cream for a chocolate gravy eclair or ice cream sandwich. YUM!  You could also serve it over buttermilk pancakes, vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries, or a slice of pound cake. The possibilities are endless with this beautiful creamy chocolate sauce aka gravy.

You may also like these other delicious dessert recipes:

Mama’s Custard Sauce

Grandma Pear’s Flaky Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe Food Allergy Options

Chocolate Depression Cake No Milk or Eggs!

chocolate gravy bowl

Chocolate Gravy

Using pantry staples, this Southern-style chocolate gravy recipe is so quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely incredible served with homemade biscuits.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate
Servings: 4
Calories: 91kcal


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Combine everything except the butter in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
    1 cup white sugar, 2 T flour, 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Once boiling, cut the heat down and stir for a minute more (it will get pretty thick rather suddenly). Take off the heat and stir in the butter.
    1 tablespoon butter
  • To serve, pour over homemade biscuits. I tear my hot biscuit up in a bowl first and then pour it over.


Calories: 91kcal
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  1. My ex-MIL made THE best biscuits and also made a wonderful chocolate gravy. Problem is, just like her biscuits, she didn’t follow a recipe for the chocolate gravy and I never got either recipe from her before my divorce from her son. But thiiiiis looks so wonderful and almost like hers and I have all the ingredients on hand for the chocolate gravy and biscuits, so now I can’t wait to make them both!! Thank-you for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  2. My grandma was a fantastic cook and as much as I loved her food and chocolate, I never would try her chocolate gravy. I thought it sounded weird. Maybe I thought it was mashed potato gravy with chocolate added? I don’t know! Of course I’m sorry now that she’s not here to make it anymore.
    I hadn’t even thought about chocolate gravy in years, so now I’ll have to make some. Thanks for the memories and the recipe.

  3. I’ve never actually had the chance to try chocolate gravy. The recipe looks easy, so I think I’ll make it and see what all the fuss is about. It must be good if so many people love it!

  4. I bet this would be scrumptious on pancakes or waffles with sliced strawberries or bananas and a dollop of whiped cream!

  5. Do you know if this could be made with Splenda instead of sugar? It looks great, but I am diabetic. Thank you!

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