Chocolate Gravy

When I was a kid, my grandma would make us a special treat every now and then that she called “Chocolate Gravy.” She learned most of her recipes from my great grandmother who traveled across the country in a covered wagon. Grandma died about twelve years ago and I assumed the recipe died with her.

About a year ago, my favorite Uncle Mike died, and as the family was sorting through his things they found a box full of recipes. It turns out that whenever my uncle stopped by to see his mom ( my grandma), he would ask her about some old recipes that she had memorized and he would write them down. He preserved a lot of family favorites that would have otherwise been lost. One of those favorites was Chocolate Gravy.

I took the time the other night to make this recipe and good lord was it sinful! You can dip biscuits in it or simply eat it like pudding. I’m posting the recipe here for posterity’s sake.

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons flour
pinch of salt
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir dry ingredients together. Mix in milk slowly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and smooth. Add butter and vanilla. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve. This recipe makes two bowls like the one in the photo.

It won’t take long before the bowl looks like this.


  1. The Chocolate Gravy was excellent, thank you very much for Sharing! We loved the gravy so much, we wanted to share it with family for Thanksgiving- so with a slight modification, i made it into a chocolate pie (which traveled a little easier than the gravy):

    Make Chocolate Gravy according to Otis
    Beat 4 egg yolks and 1 egg white in a bowl-
    Add a little chocolate gravy to beaten eggs (slowly, and stirring alot so it doesnt cook the egg)
    Add eggs back into Gravy (again slowly with a lot of stirring)
    Put into pre baked pie crust and bake at 350 until fork comes out clean 15-20 min

  2. My mom used to make this (or something strikingly similar), and I’d completely forgotten about it until now. Thanks for bringing back the memory and sharing the recipe. Mmmmm…..

  3. Thank you for posting a recipe that my grandmother used to make. I can’t want to enjoy this chocelatey goodness on some homemade drop biscuits.

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