Growing up, I spent a lot of summers at my grandma’s house. People always said that I remind them so much of her when she was my age. I take that as a huge compliment! She loves to laugh and loves to cook and with a big family like hers, she cooked a lot!
She doesn’t cook as much anymore but my favorite thing that she would make out of her many foods is grandma’s chocolate gravy recipe.
You may or may not have heard of chocolate gravy but let me just say that it’s a little bit of Heaven in a bowl!!
History of Chocolate Gravy
I have read somewhere that chocolate gravy was from Spanish Louisiana who traded with Tennessee. It was introduced as Mexican style breakfast chocolate to the Appalachian area of Tennessee. It has been a southern dish for a very long time and even Elvis Presley loved it! Apparently, it was a regular item at Graceland.
Now you know if the King likes it, it HAS to be good!!!
I’m not the greatest cook in the world and I can’t make things from scratch like grandma so I asked her for her recipe so I could make the chocolate gravy for my own family.
Grandma’s chocolate gravy recipe was harder to get than I thought it would be. I would call grandma and ask her for the recipe and all she could tell me was that she put in a little of this, a pinch of that. That is pretty much all I got!!
After several attempts at deciphering what grandma was trying to tell me, I finally got the recipe right! I was ecstatic!! My family loves it and wishes that I would make it every weekend but my waistline says NO!
Just fair warning that grandma’s chocolate gravy recipe is not a low carb, keto friendly, gluten free kind of recipe and you might be hooked as soon as you taste it! Now you can’t say I didn’t warn you!!
It’s actually really easy to make and so good!
Before we get into the recipe, I wanted to answer some questions that I have gotten when I tell people about chocolate gravy just in case you have the same questions.
Can chocolate gravy be frozen? Yes, actually it can be frozen but make sure that you add milk to it when reheating to loosen it up.
Can you save chocolate gravy? The answer is pretty much the same as the frozen question so yes, you can. If you have plenty left after everyone has had their share, turn it into a pie! My grandma always poured it into a pie crust that she made or buy one that is pre-made. Make sure you heat the pie crust in the oven before pouring the chocolate gravy. It’s great with whipped cream on top!
Why won’t my chocolate gravy thicken? More than likely, you have added too much milk or not enough flour. It can be tricky like regular gravy. You can add and take away until you get it right. My suggestion is to add less milk at first because it’s always easier to thin the gravy instead of thickening it. If you try to thicken it later, you might get lumps.
What does chocolate gravy taste like? Think of chocolate pudding, only sweeter. It tastes a little different than that though because pudding wouldn’t be good with biscuits.
What do you eat with chocolate gravy? We eat biscuits with it. I usually buy Grands biscuits because they are our favorite but any kind is good. We crumble our biscuits first and pour the gravy over the top but everyone has different preferences on how to eat it. Some people also crumble bacon on top. I don’t know how I feel about bacon and chocolate but it might be good. 🤷🏻♀️
Can you buy chocolate gravy? I’ve never bought it but you can!! They sell it on Amazon and it’s made by a company called The Cowgirl Gourmet. I can’t guarantee how good it is but it’s worth a try. If you try it, let me know what you think!!
Can chocolate gravy be made gluten free? Actually, it can! Just swap out the flour for cornstarch. If you don’t like the taste of the cornstarch, you can buy gluten free flour to add to it. You can also eat them with gluten free biscuits.
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Ingredients needed to make Grandma’s Chocolate Gravy:
How to make Grandma’s Chocolate Gravy:
Prepare the biscuits according to the package directions or you can make them from scratch and put them in the oven before starting your chocolate gravy.
While the biscuits are cooking, mix the cocoa powder, flour and the sugar in a skillet or pot with a whisk until well blended.
Add the milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Continue cooking until the gravy is at the desired consistency. If it’s too thick, add more milk, 1/4 cup at a time.
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the vanilla extract and the butter and stir until everything is melted into the chocolate gravy.
Serve over hot biscuits with lots of butter. Enjoy!
If you’re short on time and you want to make chocolate gravy for a fast breakfast, you can also microwave it!
How to make chocolate gravy in the microwave:
Mix the dry ingredients together in a microwave safe dish. Whisk in milk and vanilla extract. Microwave on high in 15 to 30 second intervals, whisking between each interval, until gravy is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 5 minutes total.
Add butter while it’s hot and serve over biscuits. No time for biscuits? It’s not as good but I have eaten it with toast.