I’m a Texas girl to the bone having lived life from the deep south, Corpus Christi, through the DFW area. Imagine my culture shock finding myself in extreme northeast Arkansas. I’d moved from Arlington TX to a small town just 5 miles south of the Missouri State line and 5 Miles west of the Mississippi River, with all the heat and humidity of the Mississippi delta.
It was an education and I definitely discovered a few oddities. One such oddity was the fact that most of the kids in school suffered from A.D.D.! Whatever could be happening here? Having 2 children of my own, this certainly gave me cause for concern.
One of the first ladies that I became acquainted with was Betty. She lived across the street and was as warm and welcoming as they came. Getting together for coffee was a daily staple in my new life. I remember the first time I sat at her table with my mouth agape. Betty poured two cups of coffee and I watched as she spooned a half dozen teaspoons of sugar into her cup, followed not by cream but sweetened condensed milk! I darn near got diabetes watching it!
Being a southern girl, of course I like sweet tea but I learned very quickly that you do NOT order sweet tea from any restaurant in Arkansas. Unless you’re craving tea flavored syrup, order unsweet and sweeten it yourself.
The next lady I became friends with was Pam and I’ll be hitched if she wasn’t exactly like Betty with the insane amount of sugar in her coffee and tea! I was beginning to see a trend! Now, I’m by no means a health nut. In fact my dream job is to be a quality control taste tester for Hershey’s but these folks could sure put me to shame!
This brings us to the morning that Betty called the house. During the course of the conversation, she talked about having made breakfast, gotten everyone fed and off to school and work. Nothing out of the ordinary there EXCEPT what she said she served. THAT stopped me dead in my tracks! Biscuits and chocolate gravy. WAIT!… WHAT?
My surprise surprised her. Apparently, this is as ordinary of a staple to the Arkansas breakfast as bacon or eggs! I had to investigate this further so I called Pam….sure enough! Even she was amused that I’d never heard of it. One of my sister-in-laws, Beth, is an Arkansas native and a school teacher. I conferred with her who told me of the happy memories of her father making this for breakfast, that she still had his recipe and at times made it for her own a daughters.
I’m both flabbergasted and to some degree, relieved. I told Beth, “All those kids don’t have A.D.D.! Their dern parents are feeding them biscuits with chocolate gravy AND served with chocolate milk, no doubt, then unleashing that sugar induced crazy on you teachers!”
I admit that I have never personally served this. ( But my, how my children shined in school. Lol Exemplary students.) Although there are many recipe variations, I’m including a version that I would logically make myself. If you decide to give it go, please let me know how it turned out and your thoughts! Happy Eating!
Biscuits And Chocolate Gravy
- 1 stick butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- Melt butter. Stir in cocoa and flour, then add sugar and milk and whisk. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring often.
- Serve over hot biscuits.