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Best Southern Chocolate Gravy Recipe for Breakfast- Kids Cook Monday

Watching her mom as a kid, Vicki came by cooking easily. Kids Cook Monday offers simple recipes kids can help with.

Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

The color seems to get darker as the chocolate gravy cooks.

The color seems to get darker as the chocolate gravy cooks.

Have You Ever Heard of Chocolate Gravy?

I have memories as a kid of waking up to the smell of crackling bacon and homemade biscuits, which would start my mouth watering, but that was only the beginning. Stumbling to the kitchen, wiping the sleepies from my eyes, I would scan the stove burners past the bacon, the eggs, until I saw it. Yep. There is was . . . chocolate gravy!

If you grew up in the South, chances are that you have heard of--and most likely love--chocolate gravy. I grew up on it. Nearly every Saturday, my three brothers and I would look forward to Mom's chocolate gravy and perfectly flaky biscuits. We would often have the works--with eggs, plus bacon or sausage on the side. Yummy. White gravy is good with it, too, right next to it, perhaps taking a bite of both types of gravy together. You wouldn't believe how good this gravy combination is (perhaps because of the sweet and salty contrast) until you try it. Wow.


Kids Love Chocolate Gravy...and So Do Adults!

A lot of people haven't heard of chocolate gravy and liken it to having pudding over biscuits, but it's not like that at all. Why would a person want pudding for breakfast? I sure don't. But I do want chocolate gravy. Chocolate gravy is wonderful. Chocolate gravy is amazing. Chocolate gravy is a morning miracle. Do I have you convinced yet? Then just ask anybody who has had it.

Are you tired of the same ole breakfast foods? Bacon and eggs? Biscuits and gravy? Waffles or pancakes? Or perhaps oatmeal or cold cereal on some mornings? Then try chocolate gravy. Do you have Saturday brunches with the spouse and kids or with Aunt Hester or your girlfriends? Instead of serving the same ole thing or getting dressed and spending your morning with strangers at the Waffle House, surprise your guests and delight your children with chocolate gravy.

Even if you've tried chocolate gravy before and weren't too crazy about it, perhaps it wasn't made right. If it's too sweet or too thick, it does tend to taste more like pudding, which is not how it should taste. The combination of ingredients is key. Another secret is adding the butter and vanilla at the end after the gravy is cooked. The vanilla is a secret ingredient that adds that final unique flavor to chocolate gravy. Follow this recipe. See what you think.

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Ingredients for Chocolate Gravy

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 t. salt

1/3 cup cold milk

1 2/3 cups hot milk

1 t. vanilla extract

2-3 Tbs butter

The blurry hand stirring the light-looking thin chocolate that will darken and thicken...

The blurry hand stirring the light-looking thin chocolate that will darken and thicken...


Mix dry ingredients in the pan you're going to use to cook the chocolate gravy. Stir in 1/3 c. cold milk and mix it all up. Then stir in rest of hot milk ( I heat up the milk in the microwave). Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. You may have to bump up the heat a bit if gravy is not thickening very well. When chocolate gravy reaches a gravy-like consistence, remove from heat. This is when you will add the vanilla extract and butter.

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Pour chocolate gravy over torn-up biscuits. We've had it on toast before, too, but I prefer biscuits, even if they are canned biscuits. If only I could perfect my mom's biscuits. But that's another story.

Now, are you ready to dive into a little bit of Heaven?


Get the Kids Involved!

Try mixing up a batch of chocolate gravy for your family and see their reactions. I can almost guarantee you that it's a great way to get the kids out of bed... and even involved in helping to get this fabulous breakfast--or brunch, as the case may be--together.

One of the kids can do the continual stirring that chocolate gravy requires, while others can turn the bacon or keep an eye on the eggs. Trust me, they will all be willing to help as they wait to heap on their plates a scrumptious breakfast complete with their favorite chocolate gravy.


What do you think about Chocolate Gravy?

© 2012 Victoria Lynn


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 19, 2015:

Benny01--It's incredible! You just have to try it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 11, 2015:

It's so good, Mary! Hope you made some. I made it just about a week ago and was reminded of how awesome it is!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 06, 2015:

Major yum, Rebecca! I enjoyed it on my snow day this week from school. Great comfort food!

Ijeoma Peter from Lagos, Nigeria on March 06, 2015:

It looks yummy! I haven't heard of it before, might try preparing it someday.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 05, 2015:

Oh, yes, my mama used to make chocolate gravy! I haven't thought of it in years; now I'll have to make some! Thanks.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 05, 2015:

One word. YUM.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 21, 2015:

Thanks, Diet. It's quite wonderful!

Diet on January 21, 2015:

Nice recipe

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 08, 2013:

I agree, Ashley. Many people turn up their noses until they try it. I agree about the bacon. Something salty on the side is so good with it. Thanks for the input! :-)

Ashley on July 06, 2013:

I am from Alabama, where chocolate gravy is a kitchen staple. If you're too stubborn to try it you're missing out! It is the most wonderful breakfast! You can't beat it. Bacon on the side adds the perfect saltiness on the side but it's still perfect without it.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 28, 2012:

A creative person like you would probably like this recipe, random! Try it! :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 28, 2012:

I have not heard of this before, but it sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Homemade chocolate recipes are the best.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

Ruchira, chocolate gravy is so much better than Hershey's syrup! I hope you guys enjoy it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

Yes, Cardisa, by all means, try it with pancakes. Mmmmm...sounds good to me!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

I hope you do try it, alocsin. It's very good! Thanks for the votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

Ah, Hyphenbird, I'm so glad you can relate, also!

Ruchira from United States on March 27, 2012:

LOve IT Vicki.

I actually never heard of it but, honestly when ,my kid needs it. I would pour the hershey's syrup over his biscuts.

This is so much fun. Thanks!

have bookmarked it and will be using it during sprinkbreak.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

jonsswagger's girlfriend, Leslie! I am so excited! Finally someone who knows what great southern secret I'm talking about! So nice to meet you! I'm glad you can relate! When I think of my childhood, chocolate gravy is sure a big part of it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

emartin--Yes, do try it! You don't know how awesome chocolate gravy is until you try it!!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 27, 2012:

I don't know Vicky, I'll have to think about it. I know my fiancé will turn his nose up. Can I try it with pancakes? We are not biscuit people but we do have pancakes very often.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 27, 2012:

Go for it, viking. I love, love chocolate gravy! Thanks for the votes!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 27, 2012:

I have never heard of chocolate gravy but it sounds delectable. I'll have to try this recipe out. Voting this Up and Useful.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on March 27, 2012:

I do remember chocolate gravy. Thanks for the recipe and the memories!

jonsswagger1978 from Birmingham Alabama on March 27, 2012:

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am Jon's girlfriend. My mom used to make us chocolate gravy and when I saw your picture, it brings back lots of great childhood memories. I think it is one of the best kept southern recipe "secrets".

Erica Martin from North Carolina on March 27, 2012:

This sounds good... when I saw the title I envisioned something like Hershey's syrup, but this definitely sounds like something worth trying sometime...

L M Reid from Ireland on March 27, 2012:

What a great new recipe to try out. I have never heard of chocolate gravy either! But I plan to give this tasty recipe a try very soon.

Thanks for SHARING Voted up and awesome!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Thanks, teaches! Hope you try and like it! :-)

Dianna Mendez on March 26, 2012:

Anything chocolate is a good option to me. This actually sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

I grew up on it, Bill. My family still enjoys it! Mom still makes it, too, when we all go to visit her. Try it!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 26, 2012:

Never heard of it in my lifetime but since I love chocolate chances are pretty darn good I would love it.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Aw, Real! I knew you'd love it! The kids will, for sure. If you make it, let me know how it goes over.:-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Go for it, Susan! I like trying new things, too!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 26, 2012:

Oh my, my, my! I want to run down to the kitchen and make some right this minute! Looks awesome - I really can't wait to try it - I'll bet my girls will love ya for passing this along!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 26, 2012:

I've never heard of this either but it does sound good. I'm always up for trying something new. Thanks for the recipe and I'll try it soon.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Try it, debbie! Thanks for the comments and vote!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

No doubt, Maddie! My niece and I made some last week over Spring Break. It was great fun. Give it a try, everybody! LOL :-)

Debbie Roberts from Greece on March 26, 2012:

I'm glad to see that the chocolate gravy was for the biscuits and not the bacon and eggs!! Could give it a go though, I'm rather fond of chocolate.

A very interesting hub and voted up!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Try it, Sunshine, try it! I dare you! :-)

Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on March 26, 2012:

How could anyone possible say no to chocolate gravy? I'm positively drooling.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

MarieAlice--AND fun eating it! :-)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 26, 2012:

Chocolate gravy over biscuits for breakfast? Never heard it. I wouldn't make it, but I'll check it out if I ever cross its path.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

Sally's Trove--I like how you compare it to a mole. Perhaps to an extent, but it is fairly chocolate-y. But I don't think it's like pudding. I'm glad you're at least intrigued!

Maria Alicia Cardenas from Spain on March 26, 2012:

thanks for sharing this recipe, what I like is the fact that kids can get involved with this easy recipe and have fun making a it...

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 26, 2012:

Wow! Never heard of it. But it reminded me right away of a mole, the point being that the chocolate is a distinctive flavor enhancer rather than a dominating, sweet, taste sensation. I might not be exactly right about that, victorialynn, since I've never had chocolate gravy. But what you said about it not being pudding resonates with me.

I have to admit I'm not going to make a rush to cook it, for a lot of dietary reasons; however, I am intrigued! Up, interesting!

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