Chocolate Gravy

published Feb 26, 2022
Chocolate Gravy Recipe

As if biscuits weren’t already delightful, we’ve found an even better way to enjoy them – doused in chocolate gravy.

Makesabout 1 1/3 cups

Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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biscuits on small white plates with chocolate sauce over the top
Credit: Laura Rege

As if biscuits weren’t already delightful, we’ve found an even better way to enjoy them: Douse them in chocolate gravy. Chocolate gravy is a Southern recipe that’s very similar to chocolate sauce. It differs in that it’s made from milk thickened with flour, cocoa powder, and butter rather than melted chocolate and milk or cream. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not decadent just because it isn’t made with a chocolate bar or chocolate chips, though. This rich, velvety gravy rivals any sauce and can be poured over any dessert that would benefit from a little extra chocolatey goodness.

What Is Chocolate Gravy?

Chocolate gravy is a milk-based sauce thickened with cocoa powder, flour, and butter. While natural or Dutch process cocoa powder can be used, the latter will give you the best color and flavor. 

Credit: Laura Rege

What to Serve with Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate gravy is wonderful spooned over biscuits, but it can also be served over any dessert that might take to a chocolate sauce, like slices of cheesecake, pie, cake, or ice cream. Or spoon it over a sliced bananas or a bowl of berries.

Why Is My Chocolate Gravy Not Thickening? 

If your chocolate gravy is not thickening, add a little more flour. Make sure to boil the sauce after adding it for another minute to ensure the flour cooks. Follow the recipe, though, and we doubt you will run into this issue. 

Chocolate Gravy Recipe

As if biscuits weren’t already delightful, we’ve found an even better way to enjoy them – doused in chocolate gravy.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Makes about 1 1/3 cups

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons

    Dutch-process or natural unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 cup

    whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon

    unsalted butter

  • Warm biscuits, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. Pour in 1 cup whole milk and whisk to combine. Cut 1 tablespoon unsalted butter into 4 pieces and add to the pan.

  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. If lumpy, strain through a fine-mesh strainer set over a gravy boat or heatproof bowl. Serve spooned over biscuits.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat over medium-low heat.