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!

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.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.
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Robyn xo

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51 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. 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 

    2. 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!

    3. No, you need Hersheys Cocoa. The hot chocolate powder has dried milk, cocoa and sugar and it’s too sweet.

  1. 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?

  2. This sounds pretty much like the recipe my mother used to make it but she always added a tbsp of vanilla. It didn’t taste very well without the vanilla in it!! She was raised near Guntersville, AL on a little farm.

    1. Your right it does need vanilla. Glad you mentioned it because I would have forgot.

    2. Patricia, I’ve never added vanilla to my chocolate gravy but you can if you wish.

  3. My grandmother was from the Tennessee. She died when I was young, but apparently it was a holiday tradition at her house which mom continued with when she had kids. When I called for recipe, she said, “I don’t have recipe but you just add sugar, chocolate, flour, and milk. I got estimated proportions and then just went from there. It was a holiday tradition at our house. When we had visitors we would serve. Most had never heard of it but all loved it. We did not call it Chocolate sauce, but instead it was known in our house as Chocolate sop. My daughter called for recipe, but never continued tradition with her children. So of course when they went on vacation, their grandmother introduced the grandkids to chocolate sop. They were shocked when they found out their mom knew how to make. She fixed for them once, but they told her she did not do correctly. Now when I go I have to make for them at least once. Oh traditionally chocolate sop is made with regular powdered chocolate, but I have made with European chocolate for a dark chocolate sop and have also done a mixture of regular and European. Just a note for those who love dark chocolate. It is as yummy as using regular Hershey Chocolate Powder.

  4. I grew up eating it in Arkansas. None of my friends in the state I’m now living in has ever heard it this yummy breakfast delight. They say I’m carzy. Chocolate gravy….want?

    1. I’ve always made it with self-rising flour, Andrea. If you don’t have it on hand, you can always make your own with my instructions on How to Make Self-Rising Flour. Hope you enjoy the chocolate gravy!

  5. My best friend’s mom taught me how to make chocolate gravy. I like mine less pudding, more in the syrup side. Jack’s Hamburgers (a great Southern fast food place) has biscuits and chocolate gravy on their menu. Of course I tried it and it’s really good… but it’s more in the pudding side rather than syrup… but “what’s not to love.”

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