You’ll think you’re eating dessert for breakfast when you take a bite of your favorite biscuits with a hefty drizzling of this homemade Chocolate Gravy over them.  This gravy takes no time to make and it’s smooth, chocolatey and delicious! 

Chocolate gravy poured over biscuits on a white plate.

Chocolate Gravy has been well-known in the South for many years.  Some believe Chocolate Gravy originated from necessity when people were poor and sweets were a rare treat.  If you were lucky enough to have a little bit of sugar, flour, and cocoa in the pantry, you could make Chocolate Gravy.  The gravy was always made in an iron skillet and was sometimes referred to as “soppin” gravy.  This gravy is quite simple to make and in the South, the most common way to serve this gravy is over freshly baked hot biscuits.

The main ingredient in this delicious gravy is cocoa.  I always use Hershey’s cocoa.  Hershey’s is 100% cacao, and I use it in some of my favorite chocolate recipes, like Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies and Old Fashioned Cocoa Fudge.

It literally takes just minutes to make this easy chocolate gravy.  The ingredients are exact…no guessing as to how much flour you need to use for the perfect thickness.

How I made it…

  1. I added some cocoa, sugar, and flour to a medium-size skillet, and whisked them together.
  2. I placed the skillet over medium heat.
  3. I added about 1/2 cup or so of the milk and whisked everything together until the dry ingredients were mixed in with the milk.  Then I added the remaining milk and continued whisking to combine.
  4. I whisked the gravy until it started to thicken and removed it from the heat.  The gravy will thicken more, the longer it sits.

Then I was ready to pour the gravy over some of my Tender & Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits.

chocolate gravy.

You’ll think you’re eating dessert for breakfast. 

Chocolate gravy poured over biscuits.

Want a savory gravy for breakfast? Check out my Creamy Sawmill Gravy.

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Chocolate Gravy

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  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: American


This gravy takes no time to make and it’s smooth, chocolaty and delicious!  You’ll think you’re eating dessert for breakfast!!


  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon flour
  • 2 cups milk


  1. Add the cocoa, sugar and flour to a medium size skillet. Mix to combine.
  2. Add the milk while whisking constantly over medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and begins to bubble up and slightly thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Serve hot over biscuits or pancakes.