Easy Chocolate Gravy

Classic, quick, easy, Southern chocolate gravy recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Ready in 15 minutes. Rich, creamy and smooth. Great with biscuits!

What is more comforting than Southern style biscuits and gravy? Ever had a chocolate version? If not, you’re in for a treat. With a rich, creamy, velvety smooth taste and texture, this will bring warmth every bite just like my Easy Chocolate Fondue and Chocolate Fruit Dip.

Green Plate with Homemade Biscuits, Covered in Chocolate Gravy

What is chocolate gravy?

It’s a sweet gravy that’s made with butter, flour, cocoa powder and a good amount of sugar. It’s very popular in Southern United States and is typically served for breakfast on Sunday mornings.

How to make chocolate gravy and biscuits from scratch?

  1. Add dry ingredients in saucepan– Mix together cocoa powder, flour and sugar.
  2. Add milk– And whisk everything together until mixture has is thickened to a “gravy-like” consistently.
  3. Remove from heat– And add butter and vanilla.
  4. Enjoy! Spoon the gravy over warm biscuits and dig in!

What to serve with Southern chocolate gravy recipe?

It’s typically served over warm buttermilk biscuits.

You can obviously get creative and use it as a topping in breakfast. Try it over pancakes, waffles, crepes and french toast. Try these: Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Pancake Muffins) and Cake Mix Chocolate Waffles and Crepes and even French Toast Sticks.

It’s also delicious over ice cream and sundaes.

Serve it as a dip with fresh fruits.

It’s also an amazing topping on cakes and cupcakes. Try it on this Waffle Cake or this Honey Cake.

Easy Chocolate Gravy in Black Nonstick Saucepan


Use a different cocoa powder– Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder would give this recipe a very dark chocolate flavor.

Add nut butters– Mix in some smooth peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter or even Nutella to give a nutty flavor.

Use non-dairy milk– Such as almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk instead of whole milk. The overall flavor and texture would be different, based on your milk choice.

Make it gluten-free– Replace all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1:1 flour blend.

Give it a spicy kick– Add some cinnamon powder or even a small amount of cayenne pepper to give a hint of heat.

Add some zest– Such as orange zest to give a subtle citrus flavor.

Use other extracts– Such as orange, mint, coconut or almond extract.

Vegan version– Along with using non-dairy milk, use vegan butter instead of regular butter. The texture will be different though.


Refrigerate- In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze– This cannot be frozen as it does not thaw well and can separate.

Reheat– This can be reheated in the microwave or stovetop with a splash of milk.

Fork With Bite of Biscuit Covered in Chocolate Gravy on Green Plate

Tips and Techniques

Whisk constantly– This will help the gravy become super smooth and prevent the formation of any lumps.

Why is my gravy too runny? Too much milk was added. Continue cooking over heat until excess liquid is evaporated/ reduced.

Why is my gravy too thick? Too much flour may have been added. Add some more milk and mix until the gravy becomes smooth.

Use unsalted butter– Because that prevents this gravy from becoming too salty.

Do not use sweetened cocoa powder– That’s because sugar will be added separately and if you use sweetened cocoa powder, it will make the gravy too sweet.

Can corn starch be used instead of flour? It can be used but flour tastes better.

Sift all dry ingredients– That’s because it mixes together smoothly and prevents formation of lumps.

Use nonstick pot- Because this prevents sticking and burning.

Use whole milk- For the richest and creamiest results.

Granulated sugar vs. Brown sugar- Traditionally, granulated sugar is used but brown sugar can be used instead or a combination of both sugars can be used. Do not replace sugars with honey or syrups though.

Can you make gravy with self-rising flour? No, because it alters the overall consistency. You must use all-purpose flour.

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Chocolate Gravy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Classic, Southern, quick, easy chocolate gravy recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Ready in 15 minutes. Rich, creamy and smooth. Great with biscuits!
Yield: 2 Cups



  • In a nonstick saucepan, mix together cocoa powder, flour, sugar.
  • Pour milk and whisk everything together over medium heat. 
  • Continue cooking while whisking constantly until mixture is thickened to a “gravy-like” consistency.
  • Remove from heat and mix in butter and vanilla extract. 
  • Spoon this gravy over warm biscuits. Enjoy! 


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop with a splash of milk. 


Calories: 962kcal, Carbohydrates: 154g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 1177mg, Potassium: 728mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 92g, Vitamin A: 573IU, Calcium: 342mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 962
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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