Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate gravy was a treat in the Chaney household when Mama Peggy was growing up. It seems to be unique to the Appalachians, but made it at least as far as the North Carolina foothills.

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Chocolate Gravy
A uniquely Southern tradition. Makes about 2 cups.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
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  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine cocoa, flour and sugar in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Whisk in milk.
  3. Heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla and butter to hot mixture.
  5. Serve warm over biscuits.

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Teresa Hicks

I remember eating this many mornings at Peggy’s when she lived in Blacksburg. Delicious!

Carmen Steen

I was first introduced to this by Peggy.It did not sound so good but when she gave me a plate of it with her yummy biscuits I was hooked. Thanks for posting this recipe. I miss her so much.


I’m gonna make me some while I’m being bad this Christmas! 🙂

Donna B.

My grandma, who lived in the Ozarks, used to make this for us kids, both big and small. She and I played around one weekend, trying to come up with an actual recipe, as she had always just cooked it by taste. LOVE this stuff!!!


My family is from the Ozarks, also. It is a common thing to have chocolate gravy. Yum yum.

Rhonda Calvert

I grew up on this for breakfast (what a treat!) because my Mother was treated with it. She was from Clinton NC and I still have family there, although I haven’t been back for years. When I was a kid (I’m 63 now) we’d go to my Mom’s great Aunt’s house and ask for chocolate “sop” for breakfast and my Aunt Eula would laugh and say – “we only fixed it cause we were poor”. My family made it with water and without the vanilla (maybe because they were poor!). I’m gonna fix your recipe for it tomorrow morning!

Fonda Thomas

This is so much better if you get a tsp of peanut butter and put the spoon in a bowl and pour the Tracy over it and dunk your bread or biscuit down in it, I heat my milk to boiling then slowly add the milk and sugar and flour that is the only ingredients I use but I wouldn’t want it without a dollop of peanut butter to kill the bitter of then chocolate!

Fonda Thomas

Pour the gravy I meant … Auto correct ugh!

Rebecca Donnelly

When I was a child in the early 60s in west Texas, a neighbor lady would make this for her daughter and any other child lucky enough to be there. I have not seen it since. My sister and I were reminiscing about it the other day. I’m sending this to her. And our beloved mom’s name was Peggy Jean. When was mamapeggy born?


Thank you! My husband remembers his mother making this, but I never knew her, and have tried my own concoction. He says it’s not the same. I’ll try your recipe!

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