New Castle News

Gary Church

January 24, 2014

Gary Church: Chocolate and gravy? In the same sentence? Swwwweeet!

NEW CASTLE — I have had a blast connecting with my long lost relatives in Kentucky.

That is the area where my mother was born, and learned to cook.

There were two very important foods she taught me to enjoy — fried chicken and homemade gravy.

Chicken with gravy over biscuits is still one of my favorite meals.

There is a fine art of making gravy, and those southern folks know how to do it.

Crystal Hebner shocked me a little bit when she shared a recipe for chocolate gravy.

Those are two of my favorite words, chocolate and gravy. I never thought I would ever see them used together.

It didn't sound like something I would want poured over my mashed potatoes.

After reading the recipe, it says it's suppose to be poured over fresh, warm biscuits, or as a dip for strawberries or bananas.

I'm drooling a little right now, in case you see some wet marks on your screen.

I am going to give you the recipe, but I would only try it if you really need to gain a few pounds, and are not on insulin.


  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla.


In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients together until it is well-smoothed and well-combined.

Combine the evaporated milk, water, and milk, and pour over the dry ingredients.

Heat over medium heat and stir constantly using a spoon, ensuring the mixture doesn't burn on the bottom.

Heat until the mixture boils.

Once it boils, remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla, and stir well.

Pour this mixture over the warm biscuits.

The next step is very important — invite me over.

A word of caution: I don't think I would serve this to your kids just before bedtime.


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