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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
4.93 from 13 votes
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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!


Another old fashioned treat is Donuts from Canned Biscuits

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  1. 5 stars
    What a deliciously decadent breakfast! We made biscuits and this chocolate gravy for weekend guests. What a hit! Thank you!

  2. I have never heard of this but would like to try it. I assume that “cocoa” means unsweetened, powdered cocoa. Is that correct?

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