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Chocolate Gravy is a family favorite. We love this recipe and we’ve been making it for years.

Chocolate Gravy The Southern Lady Cooks

Chocolate gravy is a breakfast treat that grownups as well as children will love.  If you have not tried chocolate gravy for breakfast spread over homemade biscuits you are in for a surprise.  It is so good you will be going back for more. Grandmas and Nanas have been making this chocolate gravy for years for grandchildren for breakfast.  A great recipe to try on family on a lazy Sunday morning.

Chocolate gravy is a Southern classic old-fashioned recipe that has been around for many years.

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups carnation evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Nuts (optional)

In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, flour, and cinnamon and salt.   With a wire whisk or spoon stir in milk a little at a time until ingredients are wet.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. (This will burn easily so be sure to stir).  Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and top with nuts if desired.  Serve over warm biscuits.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Gravy The Southern Lady Cooks
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Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

This recipe of Chocolate Gravy has been around for years. It's perfect for a sweet breakfast.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Gravy


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups carnation evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Nuts optional


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, flour, and cinnamon and salt. With a wire whisk or spoon stir in milk a little at a time until ingredients are wet. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. (This will burn easily so be sure to stir). Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with nuts if desired. Serve over warm biscuits.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I swear your website has every dish I grew up on! This is such a wonderful recipe and it has the cinnamon in it! Just like my Mother made. Thank you so much for sharing with us. My girls loved this as much as I did growing up.5 stars

  2. Made this delicious gravy for my kids this morning as a special treat to celebrate the school year ending. Followed this exact recipe and it was incredible!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.5 stars

  3. My husband gave us the recipe w/out the cinnamon he loves it when it gets cold he says it’s the best chocolate pudding there is.5 stars

  4. The Southern Lady says:

    Maybe you should give it a try! We have been using this recipe for a long time too and this is the way we like it 🙂

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  6. My grandma made this for us and my mamma made this for us and I made it for my kids and now my kids make it for theirs. We just called it chocolate. It doesn’t get any better than this for breakfast!!5 stars

  7. Rebecca Hargraves says:

    I’d like to make this for our family’s Christmas Eve brunch. How much does this recipe yield? I need enough for about 35 biscuits. Also is it okay to put in a crock pot?

  8. how is it warmed up for left-overs?

  9. I remember my mom making this for breakfast, it was like a treat for us, she never added cinnamon, we could eat on all day, Wonderful memories, So delicious!5 stars

  10. marji powell says:

    Miss Judy, as a southern girl born here in Tenn. but raised in Ohio, I was privileged to spend most of my summers here with my mamaw. This is the chocolate “gravy” she made for us “youngins” along with biscuits & fresh yard eggs. I have tried to replicate it through the years (my mama did not remember the amounts) with no success but yours is how I remember it so I’m going to make some for my husband and I tomorrow!

    Thank you so much for this terrific site, it has brought many of my childhood memories back in such a pleasant way – thru familiar meals, “ism’s & anecdotes. We were poor but we always ate well, slept well, had a roof, clothes on our backs and shoes on our feet – except in the summer when barefoot was the only way to be!

    My mamaw and mama passed many years ago but reading your blogs, stories & recipes make them seem close by and makes me feel like a kid again instead of 67. Thank you.

  11. I came across your blog, and looked for chocolate gravy and lo and behold there it was. I remember the first time I had it. I was newly married to a man from AL. His aunt made chocolate gravy and served it with the lightest biscuits ummh. It made me want to try anything Southern.5 stars

  12. Lou Ann hertel says:

    My mother made this for us and we absolutely loved it. Hot biscuits and butter a must!5 stars

  13. Yvonne Greenough says:

    If you are a diabetic try making it with Splenda, same amount as sugar. Just don’t eat the whole pan. LOL.

  14. Yvonne Greenough says:

    This is the best gravy you will ever eat. I’m 72 now and I remember my Momma makeing this for us kids when we were little.5 stars

  15. hillcountrycook says:

    I’m making this again! I always come back to this post when I want to make it! Made it a dozen times so far 🙂5 stars

  16. My mom made this for us when we were little. I was just thinking about this dish a week or so ago and didn’t remember how she made the gravy. Thank you for bringing a memory to life. I love, love, love your site. I am no longer living in the south, but there is no doubt the south still lives in me. Growing up in Virginia shaped me in all manner of ways. I am grateful for the gift of growing up southern,5 stars

  17. This would be sooo good with pancakes! I always made pancakes and had different toppings to put on them for my kids, they loved it. They are grown up and on their own now but, I am going to try this as a surprise for the next family breakfast.

  18. W Darlene Blankenship-Skeen says:

    My Mother made this for us, but not with cinnamon in it. We put the butter on it individually as we chose and the amount. Gravies were always on our breakfast table of 2 adults and 6 kids. I also recall and “egg gravy” and a “tomatoe gravy”….. both were delicious with eggs and biscuits.

    • Both of my parents are from the South (TN &NC) and had chocolate gravy, and my Dad had egg butter, which sounds like may be your egg gravy, also served over biscuits. Good stuff!

  19. THE SOUTHERN LADY, my MAMA made this, except with dumplings in it, have you ever heard of this? I would not eat because i did not like coco at the time —-now i do, but dont know the recipie could you help??

  20. Oh, thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! I was born and raised in Kentucky, but when we went to visit my grandmother in Alabama she’d make this for me every breakfast! It brings back so many good memories! She passed when I was 10, so I never got to get the recipe from her, and it seems like no one has ever heard of Chocolate gravy!5 stars

  21. My mom made this for all if us when we were kids and now I make it for my son. When he has friends over, I make it for them and they all LOVE Chocolate Gravy!

    My Aunt from Asheville, NC makes homemade chocolate dumplings with peanut butter in the center and they are excellent! Trying to learn how to make them!

  22. Oh how us kids enjoyed this growing up in East Tennessee!!!

  23. Born and raised near Charlotte NC and this was a staple in my family. My dad made it often. We ate it with Buttered Toast and it is still made when we all get together for Breakfast. This was usually made against my mom’s wishes!!! 🙂5 stars

  24. This just totally made my day! Chocolate ‘n (“and” ‘cept said the Southern way) biscuits is a many generations favorite in our family. We use corn starch instead of flour and I prefer fresh raw whole milk (don’t like canned milk in anything!). Never hyped any of us up, just gets ya rarin’ to go for the day. Be careful not to hurt yourself tho, you will want more.

  25. Carol Hamilton says:

    My boss was from Ga. She made it without the sugar or cinnamon.

  26. My grandmother, bless her, made chocolate graveyard and pancakes for us every morning….all of the grands and friends love it and still make it for our kids and grands…She was born and raised in Louisiana as were most of us grands….I have found that it must have been a secret recipe as not many people knew of it. …..Yummmm to you !

  27. Peggyfromtennessee says:

    I had an aunt in Nashville who would fix this with biscuits whenever I would come to visit. Very yummy.

  28. I have made this for my children and grandchildren, we had our son that moved to Madison, Wisconsin several years ago. When we went to visit we had to make chocolate gravy and biscuits for him and his room mates. They also had never heard or eaten it. Hooked instantly.

  29. I am also from Oklahoma. My mother made chocolate gravy for me when I was a child, too, but she always put it over waffles for breakfast. I haven’t had it in decades, but I still remember how good it was over a hot crispy waffle.

  30. I also grew up eating chocolate gravy. My mom use to make it for us all the time. We would pour it over our biscuit and add a little butter. It was our favorite. It didnt get better than that for breakfast. She made it a little different thou, she didnt add cinnamon or use evaporated milk. Brings back great childhood memories. Also we go over on weekends as adults and she will still fix it for us.

  31. My 1st husband from southeast OK told me about chocolate gravy about 1962. I had never heard of it and asked him how to make it. He told me to make regular white gravy and add cocoa to it. It was awful! The next time we saw his Mother, I asked her how to make it. She said just use the recipe for hot cocoa on the Hershey’s Cocoa can and thicken it with flour. We still laugh about that ‘chocolate gravy.’

  32. Marie Crawford says:

    My Granny raised me on Chocolate Gravy and biscuits and also Chocolate Syrup on pancakes. And now since I am a Nana myself, my grandbaby is getting this delicious treat. We make it often here in Oklahoma.

  33. I had this for the 1st time when I was in 5th grade, at my friends grandmothers. I thought they were all crazy, until I tried it! I instantly fell in love and my mom has made it for me as a special birthday breakfast every year since. I am now 36 and she brings me a plate to work. She said that her mom made this a lot when she was a kid because it was cheap, they were poor and had 7 kids to feed. She doesn’t like it because they had it so much and I guess that’s why she never made it for us. I sure am glad I went to my friends grandmothers for the weekend. This is my all time FAVORITE!

  34. Teresa Gordon says:

    Oh my heck (that’s what we say in Utah). Anyhow, I grew up in AZ and my best friend’s mom used to make chocolate gravy and bisquits. She was from Jackson, Miss. To this day I love southern cooking. She also made red eye gravy with coffee (I think). By the way, I do believe I was born in into the wrong family (Mex/Am). I think in my other life I was a true southerner. 🙂

  35. Tiffani Clark says:

    When I first met my ( unknown to me at the time)future husband ( a Kentucky boy)we were discussing his favorite foods over chicken and dumplings and he told me about Chocolate Gravy. I gave it a shot without a recipe and it was wonderful. I have found I can easily use less sugar and it still taste great! We love it on pancakes with fresh strawberries, and on ice cream. My husband tells everyone he married me for my homemade chicken n dumplings and my chocolate gravy! Easily a family favorite right up there with sweet tea.

  36. Another KY cook says:

    I’m so surprised at the negative comments by those who have never tried chocolate gravy. I hadn’t heard of it either until I started dating my husband 30+ years ago. His mom fixed it once when I was over there and I was hooked. I, like many others, didn’t think it sounded appetizing but all it takes is one taste and you’re hooked.

  37. I was born in KY. and lived there most of my life and this the first time ! ever heard of chocalate gravy and I am 62 now. I’ll have to ask my mom as she was born and raised there too.

  38. Not being a big fan of chocolate (I like it now and then) I doubt I’d like this too much but I LOVE peanut butter gravy over biscuits or over a plate of burgers, mashed ‘taters and Suthin’ green beans!!! However, I have a friend who loves chocolate so I might make this for her!

  39. This just not sound appetizing at all. Chocolate on Bisquits…let’s stick with Red Eye Gray, honey, or sausage gravy.

  40. When I was first married, my husband asked me to make him pancakes and chocolate syrup. I had never heard of such a thing. I had to call his Mom and ask her how she made it. It’s a syrup as opposed to a gravy…just sugar, cocoa powder, flour and water. I still can’t bring myself to eat it with pancakes but my DH loves it. His grandma used to make it every morning for the farm crew(aka family). Apparently it is filling and gave them lots of energy to get out and work. 😉

    • Chocolate syrup is what we had growing up. Mother never made it into a gravy–just a thick syrup. I still make it every now and then for myself and my daughter and granddaughter who live with me. It’s so good on top of a hot buttered biscuit!

  41. I am 53 years old and have eat Chocolate gravy since I was a kid… may mom is 80 and ate it as a kid too…. LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate gravy over hot biscuits with a big dob of butter on top!!! Does not get any better!!!!! Never had it with cinnamon though????

  42. Just found your site, from a posting on facebook. I, too, grew up with chocolate gravy and bisquits. We fix ours a little different than the recipe posted here, never tried it with cinnamon, but am very sure it would be delicious! We eat ours over bisquits and link sausage.Yummm. For many years, I thought this was something my made up, until i found another person in my hometown that had treid it.
    Did a search online many years ago, and was shocked to see it all over the place, not just here in WV.

    Like the recipes, have put you in my favs and gonna send my daughter your site.

  43. Boadecia says:

    Chocolate gravy has a special place in our family….I was raised in the South and have lived my whole life in the South but never heard of chocolate gravy until I married. My husband’s grandmother shared her recipe as it was my husband’s favorite food. It became a regular at our breakfast table on weekends when my son was growing up. When he joined the Marines and deployed to Iraq he sent me an email that the first meal he wanted when he got back home was Mama’s Chocolate Gravy and homemade biscuits and yes, that is exactly what he got too. Just found your blog and I’m really enjoying ti. Brings back alot of memories.

  44. Hello, I just corrected the recipe adding the salt when you add flour, cinnamon, etc. I seldom use the salt as I am not a salt person. You can leave it out. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  45. Christina S. says:

    OMGosh! How I ADORE chocolate gravy! Growing up, my best friends mother was from North Dakota and would make it on occasion. She passed her recipe on to my mother and she to me. Its a much simpler recipe, but yours sound wonderful and I will definitely have to try it:)

  46. Just saw your recipe for chocolate gravy! I am from Louisiana, and had never heard of “chocolate gravy”, until I visited my cousin one summer in Pulaski, Tennessee. They live on a large tobacco farm, and got up really early every morning. They also had dairy cows, and other farm animals.One morning at about 5 am, I awoke to the most awesome aroma of warm cocoa & fresh butter simmering on the stove. My aunt served her special chocolate gravy over hot homemade biscuits, with a side of scrambled eggs- fresh from hen house & Tennessee ham fresh from their smoke house. She topped it off with fresh milk from their dairy cow. I have to say, it was the best thing I had ever tasted! She sure knew how to get a reluctant city girl out of bed, and off to help pull weeds out of the tobacco patch! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It brought back sweet memories of my family & my youth. My family will love it! -Tina

    • Tina, I enjoyed your comment so much. Chocolate gravy is a treat with my family. Children love it. Your comment brought back memories of the farm to me as well. I hope you and your family have a great New Year and thank you for stopping by to visit me.

  47. I never tried it and only recently even heard of it, but I am diffineatly going to make it for my grandsons one of these mornings (we won’t tell mom)

  48. My grandmother, rest her soul, made chocolate gravy for me as a young child and now I fix it for my family. There is nothing like chocolate gravy with breakfast.

  49. It is wonderful with bacon or with mini marshmallows in it. I have 29 cousins and las year, myaunt invited us in groups for chocolate gravy and biscuits since that was what we all grew up with.

  50. This so reminds me of my childhood. My mother would occasionally make chocolate gravy and biscuits as a special treat. She never had a recipe, like may of the special things she made, so I don’t either. I want to try this for my kids…for special occasions of course. Thanks for the recipe!

  51. i have never had chocolate gravy with biscuits but i love it on scrambled eggs my grandparents used to cook it i will have to try it on biscuits

  52. Oh My! My idea of breakfast 🙂 A little coffee and I’d be wired til noon…..

  53. we had puddin’ and it was the same as your gravy more or less but we did not eat it for breakfast. coca was one of the few items we had in out pantry. I was amazed to read there was going to be a world shortage of chocolate by 2012.
    truth be told we mdidn’t have a pantry. we had a kitchen safe and that was all the room we needed for our food supplies.
    when we were young we had coco to drink for breakfast. milk, coco and sugar.

  54. I’m like Balisha, Judy…I’d never heard of chocolate gravy! But it sounds wonderful. (As do your buttermilk biscuits!)

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