Chocolate Pudding

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The recipe for this pudding came “from the kitchen of” my mother, who copied it onto a recipe notecard from her friend back in the 1970s. This pudding is by no means fancy, but it’s a classic and can quickly be made without any special ingredients. Jazz up the pudding by using a high-quality cocoa powder like Scharffen-Berger or Guittard.

Serves 4-5


1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Make the Chocolate Pudding

Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk. I find an immersion blender quickly and efficiently blends the dry ingredients into the milk. Turn the heat onto medium and stir constantly as pudding thickens. After about four minutes, you’ll notice that the pudding thickens a lot—keep cooking and stirring! After 4-6 more minutes, remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer pudding to a heatproof container and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

10 Thoughts on “Chocolate Pudding

  1. I love your picture! It’s awesome! Can I ask where you got that amazing blue plate?

  2. An easy recipe for an all time fave treat! Love choco pudding. Who doesn’t anyway? What gives more charm to this simple yet satisfying treat is that this has survived the test of time. having been passed from one kitchen to the other, this must be good! Thanks for sharing!

    • You are so right about chocolate pudding being a classic! This recipe satisfies me now just as much as when I was a little girl.

  3. I love how simple this recipe is! Thank you for the process photos.

  4. this looks so simple and easy!! i used to love having instant pudding in the fridge – it helped me avoid ice cream! i haven’t made it in years however because i didn’t know how simple it was to make from scratch and making it from a box just didn’t seem okay anymore! thank you for sharing!!

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  6. Jessica on January 25, 2012 at 1:06 AM said:

    My boyfriend loves pudding, and the last recipe I made for him was a bit difficult and kind of time intensive. The worst part is it was way too rich and just not very good. For as simple and fast as this recipe is, I am surprised it’s as tasty as it is! I would *absolutely* make this again, and recommend it! The both of us loved it. I added a few frozen blackberries to mine and when it cooled enough to eat, they were nice and softened and really nice with the chocolate.

    Thank you so much for this great recipe!

    • I’m so glad to hear the recipe turned out so well and that you and your boyfriend both liked it! That’s great. :) I’ve never tried adding blackberries or any fruit, but it sounds delicious!

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