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.

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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.

5 Responses to Chocolate Gravy

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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! :-)

  4. 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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