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Thick chocolate gravy is as good as it sounds. Pour it over warm biscuits, or on anything else your heart desires!

This chocolate gravy is a little different than our Chocolate Fudge Sauce, although it will taste amazing on all the same things! Whether you pour it over desserts or breakfast foods, you’re sure to love this sweet gravy.

Biscuits and chocolate gravy on a white plate.

Southern Classic

Just like savory gravy, this chocolate gravy is a Southern comfort classic. You can find it everywhere in the Southern United States!

It’s sweet, it’s chocolatey, and it’s best when poured all over warm Fluffy Biscuits. But you can pour it on top of almost anything your chocolate heart desires—especially things like Pancakes and Waffles!

It’s basically a thin chocolate frosting that tastes incredible. It’s so famous in the South that even Elvis liked to eat and serve it at his home, and if the King liked it, I’m almost positive you will too.

Cocoa powder and sugar mixed in a white bowl.

How to Make Chocolate Gravy

This chocolate gravy recipe is quick and simple and full of tasty chocolate flavor!

MIX. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the cocoa, flour, sugar, and salt together. Add the milk to the bowl and mix until well combined.

COOK. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the mixture, whisk constantly, until the texture is similar to gravy with no lumps. This will take about 7-10 minutes.

Remove the gravy from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla. Mix to combine.

Recipe Tips

The texture of this chocolate gravy is important. If it is too thick it will be more like chocolate pudding, but too thin and you have a chocolate syrup that will drip right off the biscuits. 

  • For a thinner sauce simply add a little more milk.
  • To thicken the sauce. The sauce will thicken as it simmers and will get even thicker as it cools. If you are still worried it won’t be thick enough, whisk in a bit more flour. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a bowl along with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Mix and then add it to the chocolate sauce and simmer.
Biscuits stacked on top of a cutting board.

Serving and Storing

Spoon the chocolate gravy over warm Buttermilk Biscuits. Or these other tasty ideas:

Make ahead of time. Talk about a time saver. Keep it in an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator.

STORE leftover chocolate gravy in the fridge. Heat it up over the stove before ready to pour and serve!

FREEZE. Freeze southern chocolate gravy to serve later. Simply let it cool and pour it into a freezer-safe container for about 3 months.

You can also bake up some biscuits and freeze them in a separate container. Thaw the biscuits and sauce before reheating.

  • Reheat chocolate sauce in a saucepan over low heat until warm.
  • Reheat the biscuits in the microwave or place the frozen biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then into the oven (preheated to 350°F). Bake for about 12 minutes or until warm.
Chocolate gravy served over biscuits on a white plate.

Recipe FAQ

How can I thicken chocolate gravy?

One of the easiest ways to thicken the sauce is to sprinkle in more flour and whisk. You can also add a cornstarch slurry. See the above post for more details.

What kind of cocoa powder can I use to make chocolate gravy?

You can use unsweetened natural cocoa powder or Dutch-processed cocoa powder to make chocolate gravy.

Can I make chocolate gravy ahead of time?

You can make biscuits and chocolate gravy ahead of time and store it in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. Reheat the sauce slowly over low heat.

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4.96 from 82 votes

Chocolate Gravy Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Thick chocolate gravy is as good as it sounds. Pour it over warm biscuits, or on anything else your heart desires!
Servings: 10
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


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  • In a medium mixing bowl mix the cocoa, flour, sugar and salt together.
  • Add the milk and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the texture is similar to gravy. About 7-10 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir.
  • Spoon the chocolate gravy over warm biscuits.



Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. Autumn says:

    How could I substitute almond milk for milk?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’d use the same amount of almond milk that the recipe calls for regular milk. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out using almond milk.

  2. Alecia @ From Foodie with Love says:

    4 stars
    Made this as a “syrup” for waffles with the family. It’s pretty much pudding. It was tasty – like homemade chocolate pudding. Everyone agreed. 😊 (Also, to thicken, just cook it longer; like you would any gravy, roux, or béchamel.)

  3. Heather Grinstead says:

    5 stars

  4. Janae says:

    5 stars
    Wow this looks amazing! I’m always scared to try new things because my kids end up making a mess. Last time we had to get a carpet cleaner involved 🙄 do you have any tips on cooking/baking with kiddos? I’d appreciate it!! ❤️

  5. Cindy Moody says:

    Can you save the leftovers?

  6. Sandi says:

    I grew up on chocolate gravy for breakfast or bedtime snack best memories ever!!!!!

  7. Alyson Neely says:

    4 stars
    This chocolate gravy is yummy! It’s a little too sweet for me and too thin for the Mr., so next time we make it, we’ll use half a cup of sugar and a little more flour. Everybody has different tastes and this recipe makes it easy to adjust and make. Thanks for sharing it with us

  8. Jenn says:

    I hope, since you are posting this classic from the Southern culture, that you are, in fact, a Southerner.

  9. Jacqueline Oster says:

    that would taste so good dipping a benet in it (spell check 🙂

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Mmmm yes!! That would be so tasty!

  10. Monica says:

    5 stars
    Growing up in the South, chocolate gravy and biscuits was a favorite! This recipe tastes just like my moms and brings back great memories. Now I’m making it for my family and my kids get excited when they smell the chocolate gravy. Thanks!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh that’s awesome! I’m so glad that this recipe brings back good memories and you can pass those good memories along to your family. So neat! Thanks for sharing!!

    2. Connie Sansom says:

      Can you make the chocolate up ahead of time and warm in a crock pot? I want to take to a family reunion?

      1. Lil'Luna Team says:

        Yes you can! Just keep it in an airtight container chilled in the fridge. Heat it up over the stove before ready to pour and serve! You can also keep it warm in the crockpot once it’s made.