A few weeks ago Granny called me one Saturday morning to tell me she had sausage, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy ready if I wanted to come down and eat. It tickled her to death when I told her she was calling me too late – I had already made and eaten my own ham, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy.
I grew up eating chocolate gravy on Granny’s biscuits. We didn’t have chocolate gravy every time we had biscuits, Pap and the boys preference was for gravy made by using the sausage or bacon drippings. Looking back I guess Granny and I are the only ones who ate the chocolate gravy she made.
Way back in the day when The Deer Hunter first heard about chocolate gravy he told me it was an abomination. Pretty strong words right? Well over the years he says I’ve weakened his constitution because now he eats as much chocolate gravy as I do.
Granny Gazzie and Granny
Granny learned to make chocolate gravy from her mother Gazzie. The Jenkins were a family of 11 children, 9 of which lived to adulthood and beyond.
When there wasn’t much milk nor any meat for frying for gravy, Granny Gazzie fed her family chocolate gravy and biscuits for breakfast.
Since there wasn’t many sweets back then, Granny said it seemed like a treat to get chocolate gravy. I’d say Granny Gazzie was a pretty smart lady. She made them think they were getting something special when actually it was a way of making do when there wasn’t much else to eat.
For a pretty good size bowl of chocolate gravy put 3 tablespoons of flour into a pan on medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of cocoa.
Mix the dry ingredients well. Gradually add water to the mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to add water till the mixture thickens to your liking, just like you would do for any other type of gravy.
Crumble up some biscuits, pour chocolate gravy on top, and enjoy!
Have you ever had chocolate gravy?