This Southern Chocolate Gravy Might Become Your Favorite Way to Top a Biscuit

This rich, warm, velvety Southern chocolate gravy just might become your favorite way to top a biscuit.

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Chocolate gravy is such a uniquely Southern dish! My grandmother’s recipe for Southern Chocolate gravy is rich, easy to make, and absolutely mouth-watering on top of a hot biscuit. 

Chocolate gravy is one of those “Southern things” that those who live above the Mason-Dixon line have likely never heard of. However, those of us lucky enough to have enjoyed chocolate gravy know how special it is. For me, rich, sticky gravy always reminds me of my Gran Pinion, whose chocolate gravy was my favorite childhood breakfast. Like her recipe, mine is simple, straightforward, and can be whipped up in minutes! 

Is Chocolate Gravy A “Real Gravy”? 

While many people think of red-eye gravy or sausage gravy when they think of gravy, this sweet chocolate sauce is a true gravy! The base of any gravy is flour, milk, and fat. Although chocolate gravy is not savory like other better-known gravies, it too has the base of flour, milk, and fat typical of a gravy. Whether you call it a gravy or a rich sauce, you are bound to fall in love with it! 

What Is Southern Chocolate Gravy Made Of? 

My Southern Chocolate Gravy is made of simple ingredients you likely keep on hand in your pantry and in your fridge! To. make this delectable gravy all you need are the following ingredients:

  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • plain flour
  • whole milk
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla
  • salt

Where Did Chocolate Gravy Originate? 

As I said before, anyone who lives outside of the South has likely never had chocolate gravy. Even in the South, chocolate gravy is not something you see all the time, rather it is more of a special niche dish. The special gravy is thought to have originated in the Appalachian Mountains, where it is still very popular today. Elvis Presley famously loved chocolate gravy, and it was a common breakfast item at his home Graceland. Here in Alabama, you can find chocolate gravy at a darling tearoom in Trussville called The Chocolate Biscuit. Chocolate gravy is on their dessert menu and comes served over a piping hot buttery biscuit. 

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How Do I Make Southern Chocolate Gravy? 

Once you have assembled your ingredients, all you need to do is follow a few easy steps to be in chocolate heaven! 

  1. Whisk together your sugar, cocoa powder, and flour in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stirring continuously, cook the mixture over medium heat until it reaches your desired thickness. 
  3. Finally, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Enjoy scrumptious Southern Chocolate Gravy spooned over a fresh biscuit! 

Watch Me Make Southern Chocolate Gravy: 

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Best Chocolate Bundt Cake Ever (Made From A Cake Mix) and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls for more chocolatey goodness! 

I hope that you enjoy this classic Southern treat!!!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!


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Southern Chocolate Gravy for Biscuits


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TB plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 TB unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place sugar, cocoa powder and flour in a medium saucepan. Add milk; whisk together until smooth.
  2. Place saucepan over medium heat; cook mixture until thickened, stirring continually.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in butter, vanilla & salt.


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