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Chocolate Gravy is a Southern classic for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. It’s a rich and buttery chocolate sauce that’s best served warm over hot biscuits!

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Chocolate Gravy

If you haven’t had chocolate gravy before, you are in for a real treat. This is a sweet gravy that’s silky smooth, sweet, and rich. It tastes like Chocolate Pudding Pie. Have you ever eaten the filling for a chocolate pudding pie?

My husband loves it. He was brought up on this southern breakfast food that his grandmother made. We tweaked her chocolate gravy recipe.

My boys will perform circus tricks for this treat – seriously!! They like it best with warm buttermilk biscuits or chocolate biscuits. However, I prefer it in a bowl. By itself. No biscuit. Saving calories. Straight chocolate. (Hey, don’t judge – I ran 8 miles this a.m.)

melting butter in a saucepan.

 Melt butter in a saucepan.

Making southern chocolate gravy for biscuits.

 Add cocoa and stir.

Stirring flour into melted ganache.

Add flour and stir. Cook 2 minutes.

Stirring sugar into cocoa powder and butter mixture for chocolate gravy recipe.

Add sugar and stir. Cook until sugar dissolves.

milk in a glass measuring cup.

Add milk and whisk lumps out.

whisking lumps out of gravy.

Bring to a boil. Boil a couple of minutes then simmer.
Add vanilla and stir.
Pour over hot buttermilk biscuits!

The mix makes a great gift. Get the details here> Chocolate Gravy Mix Gift.

cocoa powder biscuit mix in a mason jar.

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chocolate gravy on biscuits.

Southern Chocolate Gravy

A Southern favorite, Chocolate Gravy is a rich, sweet sauce served over hot biscuits for breakfast.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • saucepan
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  • 1/2 cup real butter no substitutions recommended
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 3 cup milk


  • Melt butter in a saucepan.
  • Add cocoa, flour, and sugar. Cook two minutes.
  • Add milk and whisk.
  • Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes.
  • Reduce to simmer and add vanilla.
  • Simmer until thick.
  • Cool slightly. Split biscuits then spoon chocolate gravy over the top.
  • Enjoy!



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Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Serve your chocolate gravy over fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits!


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  1. Growing up we would go visit my aunt and uncle. She would treat us with chocolate gravy and biscuits for breakfast. I had forgotten about it until your post. I can’t wait to introduce this to my kids!

    1. I had always heard about it growing up but my family didn’t make it. My husband did and now it’s our Saturday breakfast every week. 🙂

  2. My mother in law use to make this….she had 5 hungry boys to feed!
    I mix the dry ingredients together with a pinch of salt…then add enough
    water, stirring to the right consistancey for gravy while cooking. Then I add
    the butter and vanilla at the end… lumps.

  3. Christina, I hope you like it. We usually have it every Saturday, but missed today so we'll be having it as well tomorrow! enjoy!

  4. I haven't had this stuff in years, and no one could remember my great grandma's exact recipe. I can't wait to give this a whirl in the morning! 🙂

  5. I grew up with this. My grandmother made it for us and my mother makes it as well. It's delish!

  6. Paula, This looks delish! I never would have thought to make Chocolate Gravy but the other day I was browsing the blogs and found Chocolate biscuits so why not? Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great weekend.


  7. I found you at Michelle's Tasty Creations and thought I would leave you comment. My sister-in-law brags all the time about making chocolate gravy….I'm going to give your recipe a try and then rub it into my sister-in-law. “Ha, I made chocolate gravy!” I'm Angie, by the way, over at A'lil Country Sugar.

    1. 5 stars
      I had been searching for a good chocolate gravy recipe for a long time, thank you!!

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