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Chocolate gravy is a wonderful southern treat that’s a rich and creamy chocolate sauce. Serve it on top of hot biscuits and your life will change forever!
What is Chocolate Gravy?
Chocolate gravy is just what it sounds like. It’s made in a skillet like gravy, starting with flour. It ends up being thick and smooth like regular gravy, except it’s made with CHOCOLATE!
Where Did It Come From?
Chocolate gravy originates in either Tennessee or around the Appalachian Mountains. The recipe varies depending on the region it comes from, but it generally include flour and chocolate. Here’s a great article, “Chocolate Gravy is the Pride of Appalachia.”
It’s definitely a Southern staple. The first time I had it is when a friend’s mother brought it to our office in North Carolina. It was the most unusual combination I’d ever seen, but tastes so amazing that you’ll want it again and again.
Chocolate Gravy Ingredients
- butter – just regular, unsalted butter
- flour – all-purpose flour is used in this recipe
- cocoa powder – good quality cocoa is best, but use what you love. You can find a variety of cocoa powders at the grocery store.
- sugar – just white granulated sugar. The head will melt it and combine with the cocoa to sweeten it into a great chocolate.
- milk – use whole milk to get creamy gravy
- biscuits – you can make your own from scratch, or just grab a can of pre-made biscuits and heat them up
How to Make Chocolate Gravy
Making chocolate gravy is similar to making regular gravy. It all starts with butter and flour in a skillet.
I like to use a cast iron skillet – mainly because I feel it’s the southern thing to do, but any skillet will work.
In medium-size cast iron skillet, over low heat (if using regular saucepan, use medium heat), add butter, flour, cocoa powder, and sugar and whisk together.
The mixture will be very thick and pasty. Once you have it all incorporated, then you can start adding milk. Add one cup and mix until it’s smooth, removing any lumps. Keep it over the heat to help melt the chocolate and incorporate the flour and milk.
Slowly add remaining 1-1/2 cups milk and whisk continuously until thickened. It’s important to keep whisking so the milk won’t burn. Will take a few minutes to thicken.
When thick, remove from heat and pour into gravy boat or similar bowl. Spoon over warm biscuits.
What Can You Serve With Chocolate Gravy?
It’s perfect to keep it simple and serve on hot biscuits, but it’s also good on anything you’d put chocolate syrup on!
Try it on pound cake, a bundt cake, or vanilla ice cream. After you make chocolate gravy, you’ll get really creative and want to put it on everything!
It’s also great to serve with fresh fruit. Imagine dipping a strawberry or banana slice into this warm, creamy chocolate sauce. What a treat!
Want More Comfort Food Recipes?
Try these popular recipes:
- 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
- 3 tablespoons self rising flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 can biscuits like Grands
- Prepare biscuits per the package instructions and set aside.
- In a medium-size cast iron skillet, over low heat (if using regular saucepan, use medium heat), add butter, flour, cocoa powder, and sugar and whisk together. Mixture will be very thick.
- Once it’s incorporated and like a paste, add 1 cup of milk and which to remove lumps. Slowly add remaining 1-1/2 cups milk and whisk continuously until thickened. It’s important to keep whisking so the milk won’t burn. Will take a few minutes to thicken.
- When thick, remove from heat and pour into gravy boat or similar bowl. Spoon over warm biscuits.