Chocolate Gravy Recipe

Chocolate Gravy? Seriously? Yep. It is one of those quick little sweet indulgences that was created by a very inventive and resourceful cook many generations ago.

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Reportedly born in the Appalachian area of the south, chocolate gravy is perfect served with a plate of buttermilk biscuits and bacon. It really is hard to beat.

Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to whip up as well. With just a few humble ingredients of butter, flour, sugar, cocoa, and milk, that most everyone keeps on hand, this chocolate gravy comes together in no time flat.

While chocolate gravy was originally served with buttermilk biscuits at breakfast, I believe it makes a mighty delicious dessert, too. You could even top add a little ice cream and berries and have a quick shortcake that is out of this world delicious.

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But, just make sure you don’t knock it til you try it. You may be pleasantly surprised that something as simple as chocolate gravy can make your day even brighter. Because, you know, chocolate definitely does make the world a whole lot more enjoyable.

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Here’s my chocolate gravy recipe. Make it soon. You might discover a new found love!

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Chocolate Gravy Recipe

Chocolate Gravy is an heirloom southern recipe perfect served with warm, buttermilk biscuits in the morning. Get this chocolate gravy recipe that is sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk


  • Melt butter in a medium heat in a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk flour mixture into melted butter until the flour mixture is moist. Slowly whisk in milk and continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the chocolate gravy has thickened to the consistency of a gravy or thin pudding. Serve warm with biscuits.

Robyn xo

39 comments on “Chocolate Gravy Recipe”

  1. Yum…what do you mean by melt butter till ‘crisp’?

  2. Having a southern granny, I was blessed to be treated to this as a Christmas tradition growing up. Now my own family loves it as a snowy day treat & even my brother makes it for his family too. We always get a gross response from those who have never tried it, but we always say what you said, “don’t knock it till you try it!”
    It’s not like hot fudge syrup on biscuits. And it’s not like chocolate syrup either. I think of it more like a pudding that hasn’t set yet.
    I hope all your readers try it!

  3. Will def try it. Don’t keep whole milk on hand…so need to get some. Thanks. Pinning it for later.

  4. Anyone have a recipe for a melted chocolate that you can dip and rim a wine glass with? It stays slightly liquid so u can lick it. It doesn’t harden.

    • Hey Donna,
      I don’t have one, but it is now all I can think about! Funny how that works. If anyone else has one, please do reply to Donna! (And me!!!) 🙂

  5. Hello delicious! Definitely must try this with some butter cookies.

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe, my mom use to make it for me when I was a kid and no one remember how to make it. So again thank you!!!!

  7. I love chocolate gravy!! My dad would make this for us kids for a special weekend breakfast treat. Loved it with butter on the plate, gravy on top (so the butter melts in pools in the gravy), and then dip it up with toast…just thinking about this this week!

    • Mmmmmm! Lucky girl and such great memories, too!

    • This was a big treat for my brother, sister and me back in the fifties and on. I also loved it on top of buttered toast, dripping with butter! Oh my goodness I can taste it now. I am a diabetic now and would have to eat it sparingly, but maybe I will make it on one of my family’s birthday. Wouldn’t it be goooood while on a camping trip! Thanks for the reminder.


  9. Oh my! This sounds wonderful!

  10. Robyn,
    Holy Cannoli! Where has this been all my life?! I can’t wait to try it. Pinned.

  11. I am curious…..why self-rising flour and not rising flour..

  12. I’m so intrigued. I’d definitely love to try this out!

  13. My oldest boy turns 6 on Monday and he is a chocolate lover…. may have to make this as a special treat for him ( and the rest of us!)

  14. I love your recipes but I can never pin them, i try to go to your pin page but i cant find the recipe that i want to pin, i was hoping to pin your pizza dough but could not find it ,

  15. fave as a child! Thank you so much!!

  16. We always use on pancakes as syrup. In fact all I ever known was to use on pancakes and waffles!

  17. How long does this keep? I’d like to make this & give it to family members in cute little jars as a Christmas gift. Thank you!!

  18. This is a rich, delicious chocolate gravy.  I use it as a chocolate pie filling, too, by cooking it a bit longer to thicken…always gets rave reviews.  Of course, it’s full of calories, so we don’t have as often as we’d like.

  19. My daddy’s family is from Arkansas and we have been eating chocolate gravy for years. Now my son and the other grand kids and even the great grand kids are enjoying it. It so awesome to see this great recipe elsewhere. 

    • It’s definitely a southern favorite, isn’t it, Rebecca?! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy sharing recipes with your grandkids – they will have such great memories! Thanks!

  20. I thought chocolate gravy was made with pork blood!

    • Gosh, I’ve never had that kind Renee. I think this recipe has to be much better. 😉

    • Renee, I believe the chocolate gravy with pork blood you are talking about is a Filipino recipe called Pork Blood Stew “Dinuguan” or what my Filipino friends called Chocolate Gravy to trick me into trying 🙂 It is nothing like Southern Chocolate Gravy.

  21. Could I make this using hot cocoa mix? I dont have regular cocoa powder.

    • My mom made this for me as a child I love it!!! Also she used cocoa powder to made an icing for a cake too similar but it hardened would you happen to know how?  She is has passed on and I would love to know how.. all I remember it was thin and made similar to this and it hardened and was delicious 

      • Hi Sarah,
        Isn’t this delicious?! The icing you mention sounds a lot like my Fudge Icing recipe that my grandmother made. It’s one that you pour while it’s sort of in a “liquid” state, then wait for it to harden. It is some kind of delicious! I hope you enjoy it too!

  22. Sounds awesome,Have a question,has anyone heard of a choc.devils food cake with sea foam icing,it also had some sort of spice in the cake part.I am 77 and my mom used to make this when I was a child.would love to find the receipt.Have tried to copy but never found the right spice?

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