Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate gravy was a treat in the Chaney household when Mama Peggy was growing up. It seems to be unique to the Appalachians, but made it at least as far as the North Carolina foothills.

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Chocolate Gravy
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
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A uniquely Southern tradition. Makes about 2 cups.
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine cocoa, flour and sugar in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Whisk in milk.
  3. Heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla and butter to hot mixture.
  5. Serve warm over biscuits.


Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

9 Responses to Chocolate Gravy

  1. Robin August 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Thank you! My husband remembers his mother making this, but I never knew her, and have tried my own concoction. He says it’s not the same. I’ll try your recipe!

  2. Rebecca Donnelly July 2, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    When I was a child in the early 60s in west Texas, a neighbor lady would make this for her daughter and any other child lucky enough to be there. I have not seen it since. My sister and I were reminiscing about it the other day. I’m sending this to her. And our beloved mom’s name was Peggy Jean. When was mamapeggy born?

  3. Rhonda Calvert June 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    I grew up on this for breakfast (what a treat!) because my Mother was treated with it. She was from Clinton NC and I still have family there, although I haven’t been back for years. When I was a kid (I’m 63 now) we’d go to my Mom’s great Aunt’s house and ask for chocolate “sop” for breakfast and my Aunt Eula would laugh and say – “we only fixed it cause we were poor”. My family made it with water and without the vanilla (maybe because they were poor!). I’m gonna fix your recipe for it tomorrow morning!

    • Fonda Thomas September 6, 2016 at 8:43 am #

      This is so much better if you get a tsp of peanut butter and put the spoon in a bowl and pour the Tracy over it and dunk your bread or biscuit down in it, I heat my milk to boiling then slowly add the milk and sugar and flour that is the only ingredients I use but I wouldn’t want it without a dollop of peanut butter to kill the bitter of then chocolate!

      • Fonda Thomas September 6, 2016 at 8:44 am #

        Pour the gravy I meant … Auto correct ugh!

  4. Donna B. October 31, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    My grandma, who lived in the Ozarks, used to make this for us kids, both big and small. She and I played around one weekend, trying to come up with an actual recipe, as she had always just cooked it by taste. LOVE this stuff!!!

  5. Carmen Steen December 16, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    I was first introduced to this by Peggy.It did not sound so good but when she gave me a plate of it with her yummy biscuits I was hooked. Thanks for posting this recipe. I miss her so much.

    • Kevin December 18, 2012 at 2:50 am #

      I’m gonna make me some while I’m being bad this Christmas! 🙂

  6. Teresa Hicks April 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I remember eating this many mornings at Peggy’s when she lived in Blacksburg. Delicious!

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