Gift Giving Mixes : Chocolate Gravy

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Chocolate gravy mix

In the age of outlandish holidays with ever growing price tags, just about everyone appreciates a heartfelt gift personally made for them. Gift mixes are an excellent way of doing this.

Baked goods are always well liked, but mixes offer even more time saving convenience on the part of the giver and give the receiver an opportunity to have some special time in their kitchen. Even people who work full time can squeeze in time to prepare a special treat if they have a mix!

Now, before you start doubting the value of your gift of a mix, check the price tags of some ready made mixes in specialty gift shops and such. My grandmother once bought an apple crisp mix in a bag for $8.00! It was enough to make an 8×8 dish and tasted exactly like my apple crisp. I like to mentally place a monetary value on the gifts I give, in order to make sure I am giving gifts of equal value to my child’s teachers and such. I consider this to be at least a five dollar value, in case you needed a guide.

Chocolate gravy makes an ideal mix to give. Those familiar with it instantly respond with widened eyes and “ooh’s” and “aah’s”. Those unfamiliar with it are intrigued and anxious to taste this chocolatey concoction. Another plus? When was the last time you saw chocolate gravy mix for sale anywhere? You’ve got the added bonus of rarity on your side as well!

My original post on Chocolate Gravy, including step by step photos of how to make it, can be found here.

Each time I bring you a mix, I am going to show you several inexpensive wrapping options as well as providing you with printer ready gift tags(note that these are two sided)!

Now, on to chocolate gravy….

Chocolate gravy mix ingredients
You’ll need: All purpose flour, white sugar, and cocoa powder.
Chocolate gravy mix
In bowl, place 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons flour, and one cup sugar.
Chocolate gravy mix
Mix that up well
Chocolate gravy mix
Until it looks like this. There, your mix is done! Now lets prettify it a bit!
Wrapping paper
I went out gallavantin’ and bought some inexpensive supplies for packaging these mixes I’m going to bring you. All of the fabric you see came at $2.00 a yard from Wal Mart.  I got six spools of ribbon from Big Lots for $2.00, and a package of eight small gift bags for $3.00. The Raffia also came from Wallie World, it was two dollars as well.
Party bags

Do you see these party bags? I get them in the party section at wal mart and try to ALWAYS have them on hand. Their uses are limitless. They make great packaging for small loaves of banana bread or a few cookies if you are sending them as gifts. You can use the enclosed twist ties or curling ribbon to seal them, your choice. They are also ideal for party favors or any other baked goods or small gift items. I buy them in a bag of twenty for a dollar and some change. I highly recommend you look for and purchase them now as they run low often.

Plain old zipper seal sandwich bags are a must have as well. I like to place my mix in them to seal it and then package.

Chocolate gravy mix
First, we’re going to place our mix in a sandwich bag and get all of the air out before sealing.
Chocolate gravy mix
Now fold over the top and tape it shut.
Chocolate gravy mix
This was one of my favorite ways to wrap this.
I cut a small square of fabric and cut all around the edges with pinking shears.
Chocolate gravy mix
Then simply rolled it up like a burrito.
Chocolate gravy mix
Tie curling ribbon on each end and look how pretty!
Chocolate gravy mix
Two more ideas are to place your sealed mix in a party bag or fill a 1/2 pint mason jar with the mix.
1/2 a pint will hold exactly one recipe of chocolate gravy.
Chocolate gravy mix
For the jarred mix, get a cereal bowl (I am using a standard Corelle bowl) and place it upside down to trace on the wrong side of some Christmas fabric.
Chocolate gravy mix
Cut out with pinking shears.
Chocolate gravy mix
Until you have a nice circle of cloth.
Chocolate gravy mix
Remove the screw band and center the fabric over the top of your jar, on top of the lid.
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like this.
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oooh another pretty one!
Chocolate gravy mix

Or you can simply place your jar inside a small gift bag and attach some curling ribbon or raffia to it.

Chocolate gravy mix
But the simplest of all is to simply put your sealed bag of mix inside a clear cellophane party bag and tie with curling ribbon. 🙂
Now, you can either type up and print out your own tags, or visit here to print mine! These tags include the front side as shown in addition to a back side which gives the entire recipe for Chocolate Gravy!

Chocolate Gravy Mix


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Seal and package for gift giving, including a tag with the above instructions.
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Stacey Lynn

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

~Burton Hillis



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  1. Christy i stumbled upon your site this morning and am so glad! My sweet momma passed away about a year ago and although i thought i had all her recipes the one that i didnt have was this chocolate gravy recipe and it broke my heart….thank you so much! I cant wait for my kids to come visit for breakfast!

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