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Granny’s Chocolate Gravy

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Within a month of my husband and I dating, he had the courage to take me to meet his granny.  She lived in St. Joe, Arkansas a town of less than 100 people.  I was definitely not a country girl and this was a little bit of a shocker for me!  She lived on hundreds of acres with gorgeous trees and creeks everywhere and being that it was fall, it was breathtakingly beautiful!

If I was not already shocked by the lack of modernization in this small town, the food was even more shocking.  I remember her sitting me down and telling me how she just had a hog butchered and it was fresh bacon.  I have never thought of bacon in the same way again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love meat, but I do not like to think too much of where it came from!!

It was an adventure, and I really did love every minute of it.  His granny was one of the most amazing women I have ever met, and I am blessed that I was able to spend time with her even if it was short compared to the time he had with her.  His granny passed away last year and lived to be nearly 100 years old.  She was on the go every day of her life and exactly how I hope to be.

In saying all of this, the recipes that have come from her are truly down home country cooking.  One of my husband’s favorites is Chocolate Gravy.  I have to admit when he told me about Chocolate Gravy, I looked at him like he was crazy.  I still have  hard time eating it, but he is bound and determined that our son will love it just as much as he does.

This is the exact recipe as she made it.

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Granny’s Chocolate Gravy


  • 1 1/2 Cups of Milk
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. In a small sauce pan warm the milk on the stove. This will need to be warm but not boiling.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Once the milk has warmed, pour 1/4 cup of milk into the dry ingredients and whisk together. Then, whisk the dry ingredients into the milk in the sauce pan and add vanilla, continue to stir until thickened.


Serve this over homemade biscuits with a tall glass of milk. Sure to be a recipe kids will enjoy.  This last picture is my husband when he was little eating his granny’s chocolate gravy.

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22 Responses to “Granny’s Chocolate Gravy”

  1. Jennifer Ramseyposted November 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Love the family history that goes into this recipe! However, I’m not sure I”m brave enough to try this recipe, lol. 🙂 When I saw the name of the recipe I had to come over to your blog and see what in the world “chocolate gravy” is though. Hope your son likes it so he can continue the family tradition. 🙂


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied November 7th, 2010 at 7:59 am

      You’d be surprised it’s actually pretty good. I went to college in a very small town and nearly everyone there knew about chocolate gravy and it was one of their favorites. I am not a huge fan of chocolate so I can’t eat it regularly, but my hubby can!

  2. Emberposted November 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Might have to make this one just for me! =) Thanks for sharing.


  3. Tricia @Hodgepodgeposted November 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds yum!


  4. Susanposted November 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    a couple hours after reading your recipe this morning, I received a recipe through my allrecipes email for the same thing! interesting….may have to try this one!


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied November 7th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      I have actually had this ready to post today for several days now and received that email from this morning too. I thought that was pretty funny!

  5. Jamie | My Baking Addictionposted November 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Such a lovely story about you husband’s granny! This recipe is so unique! Thanks so much for submitting your creation to the My Baking Addiction and goodLife {eats} Holiday Recipe Exchange! Good luck and remember voting starts on November 21st!



  6. Beckiposted January 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Chocolate gravy has been in my family for many generations. I can not imagine life without it. I grew up eating it & now my children LOVE it & we have it at least once a week! Ironically ours came from my family in the hills of Arkansas as well!!


  7. Kendraposted March 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Can you post the recipe for the biscuits? They look delicious!


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied March 4th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      My husband actually just made the Bisquick Biscuits when I made the gravy.

  8. Another Suburban Momposted March 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Is the baking chocolate powder cocoa?


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied March 4th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Baking Cocoa is different than powdered cocoa; it’s specifically designed for baking. However, we have used both for this recipe and either one ends the same result.

  9. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchenposted May 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have to agree with Becki, Chocolate Gravy has been a staple at our breakfast table for as long as I could talk. My big mama (granny) taught my mom to make it and us kids loved it. I grew up eating choclate gravy while the adults ate SOS I couldn’t stand to eat SOS. Mom always made additional chocolate gravy for the kids. My family thought I was nuts the first time I made it as a part of our breadfast. Now my kids love it as much as I do.


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied May 30th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Yes, I didn’t know what it was until I met my hubby. I still have a hard time eating it, sort of rich for me; however, he loves it and so does my son!! It’s definitely a great recipe to share and pass down.

  10. Danielleposted September 12, 2011 at 7:41 am


    I just found your website, due to a segment that you had w/ MoneySaving Queen on News6 this morning. While taking a look through your site I came across this, and had to laugh. We had very similar expirences meeting Granny. The chocolate gravy recipe has been handed down through the women in my husband’s family as long as any one can remember… The moment that I knew I’d been accepted as a member of the family was when Granny not only allowed me to learn how to make it, but to help with it! Chocolate Gravy is more than just a meal, it’s a family tradition.


    • Kristyreplied September 12th, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I completely agree too! In my husband’s family it is tradition!

  11. Reneeposted August 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I completely can relate to your story. The first time I heard of chocolate gravy was at my mother in law’s house in Arkansas. I had no idea why people would eat chocolate gravy ( of course I was imagining the gravy that goes on mashed potatoes). But from first bite I was a changed girl. We keep this as a sweet treat for our kids around the holidays.


  12. Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.composted March 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

    It’s great when the hubby can cook… This looks so good! I’ve never tried it, but I am sure I would love it!


  13. Sandy Engles Casteelposted May 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    My mom (now 87) grew up in Marshall and around St Joe. All my grandparents and family lived in that N Central area of Arkansas from the early 1800’s. Whenever we went to visit chocolate gravy was always on the menu so I learned to make it and have surprised many a person with just how great it is. I used to wondered if there was any connection with the French love of chocolate and bread and the fact that Arkansas and surrounding areas were once explored by so many French. But I have since learned that chocolate gravy was one of the recipes in many depression era cookbooks ca 1930’s; a fairly inexpensive sweet treat.


    • Kristyreplied May 8th, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Wow! I bet they knew each other then. We went to Marshall just about every time we went there. That’s great info too on chocolate gravy, I wondered the same thing because it seems everyone I meet from that area is a chocolate gravy lover!


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