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Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy Recipe

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Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy is a yummy, sweet sauce with a rich chocolate flavor that beautifully complements biscuits, pancakes, or even waffles. Engage your desserts with this delightful gravy. Whether you’re treating yourself to a special morning or serving guests or family, this sweet breakfast option is sure to be a hit. The sauce turns any dessert into a delicious treat. Below is a detailed Southern-style chocolate gravy recipe to help you prepare the sauce in 20 minutes.

Ah, Chocolate Gravy – a delightful Southern creation that transforms breakfast into a sweet and indulgent experience. This rich, velvety sauce adds a touch of luxury to your morning, turning ordinary biscuits, pancakes, or waffles into a decadent treat. The combination of cocoa, sugar, and butter creates a symphony of flavors that's both comforting and utterly delicious. This recipe captures the essence of Southern cuisine, where even breakfast becomes a celebration of flavor.

Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy Recipe

What Is Chocolate Gravy? 

Chocolate Gravy is a classic, delicious Southern treat. It combines the richness of cocoa with the creaminess of milk. Often served warm, this velvety, chocolate-infused sauce pairs perfectly with biscuits or even pancakes, creating a unique, sweet indulgence for breakfast or brunch.

The recipe typically includes simple ingredients like cocoa powder, sugar, flour, butter, and milk.  You need to combine them according to the recipe. As a result, you will get a smooth and rich sauce that delights taste buds with its comforting chocolate flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Gravy?

Below is the complete step-by-step recipe for homemade chocolate gravy. Here’s a quick preview of the main recipe steps:

  1. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then whisk in the milk. 
  2. Cook the mixture on the stove until the gravy achieves a thicker consistency.
  3. Stir in the butter and vanilla to the sauce.

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  • If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk.
  • If the sauce is too thin, whisk in a bit more flour and still cook. Remember, that sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

What to Do With Chocolate Gravy?

To enhance a savory note, incorporate crumbled bacon into the gravy toward the end of cooking. You can serve it over basic biscuits, pancakes, or waffles. Chocolate gravy is a delectable addition that enhances the flavor of various desserts.

How to Store Chocolate Gravy?

You can store leftover chocolate gravy in the refrigerator. It is best to store the sauce in an airtight container or covered bowl. It will keep for up to 3-4 days.

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Can chocolate Gravy be Frozen?

Yes, chocolate gravy can be frozen. Allow it to cool and transfer it to a freezer-safe container before freezing. Chocolate gravy can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

I think you won't be surprised if I say that there's too much sugar in this recipe. If you want to adapt the recipe to fit your healthy eating, then use a sugar substitute instead of sugar (a blend of erythritol and stevia or other non-caloric alternatives). This way, you'll not only avoid the harm from sugar but also reduce the overall calorie content of the gravy. You can also replace regular white flour with rice flour (if you have gluten intolerance) or whole grain flour (thus substituting simple carbohydrates for complex ones and adding fiber to the recipe).

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Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Chocolate Gravy. Best sauce for anything your heart desires!
how to cook Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
3 cups
The ingredients you need:
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup cocoa
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
Let’s start !

1. Gather all necessary ingredients.


2. Whisk sugar, cocoa, and flour in a medium bowl until no lumps remain.


3. Pour in milk and whisk until well combined.


4. Transfer mixture to a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until it thickens to a gravy consistency with no lumps, 7 to 10 minutes.


5. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.


6. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 12 Calories: 91
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g7%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 24mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%
Dietary Fiber 1g2%
Total Sugars 15g 
Protein 2g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 51mg4%
Iron 0mg2%
Potassium 92mg2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of indulgence, consider experimenting with different types of cocoa powder. High-quality cocoa can elevate the richness and depth of your chocolate gravy, making it even more irresistible. When whisking the dry ingredients, ensure they are well combined to avoid lumps in the final sauce. And if you're feeling adventurous, add a pinch of cinnamon or a splash of your favorite liqueur (like hazelnut or orange) for a unique twist. Don't forget to share this sweet Southern secret with friends and family – it's guaranteed to become a cherished breakfast tradition.

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