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Chocolate Pudding

The classic Chocolate Pudding you loved as a kid tastes even better when it’s homemade! This Chocolate Pudding recipe creates a thick and creamy pudding with a silky finish.

Chocolate pudding in a glass serving bowl with whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate shavings.

Sometimes the simplest treats are the best and I can’t imagine anything more simply satisfying than a bowl of chocolate pudding.

Did you grow up eating those cups of chocolate pudding? I used to love scraping the sides with a spoon, getting every last drop of smooth chocolate out of the crevices.

As good as those chocolate pudding cups tasted as a kid, they’re nothing compared to the rich and creamy taste of this homemade chocolate pudding recipe.

This pudding is just the right amount of sweet, with a thick and smooth texture. It’s perfect served all on its own, or you can dress it up with some fresh fruit or coconut flakes. Don’t forget the homemade whipped cream on top!

I love that it’s eggless, too, so I can make it for my friends who have egg allergies.

Making your own chocolate pudding is easy and only takes 5 minutes of active cooking time.

Two clear glass bowls of chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Two gold spoons on side of bowls.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you need to make perfect eggless homemade chocolate pudding:

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  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar works best.
  • Cocoa powderUnsweetened for sure, Dutch Processed preferable!
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Whole milk You’re making pudding here so I strongly urge you to stick with whole milk, not low fat or skim. The lower fat content of the latter will affect the thickness and flavor of the finished pudding.
  • Salted butter – Keep the butter cold until ready to use!
Step by step photos showing how to make homemade chocolate pudding.

How to Make Chocolate Pudding

STEP 1. Combine ingredients

Stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Whisk in cold milk until combined.

STEP 2. Boil

Turn on heat to medium high and stir constantly until it reaches a boil. Set timer for 1 minute and boil while stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

STEP 3. Chill

Place in a separate bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place plastic wrap directly against the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.

Cool completely (about 1-2 hours) in the refrigerator.

STEP 4. Garnish and serve!

Once cooled, scoop desired amount of pudding into serving cups or bowls. Top with the optional garnishes, if using, and serve while still cold!

Having trouble getting your pudding just right? Check out my tips and tricks for making the best chocolate pudding.

Two glass dishes with chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and strawberries. Spoonful of chocolate pudding on side.

How do I make sure chocolate pudding thickens?

                                                    
Your pudding should be at a rolling boil before you start your timer for one minute. Make sure that you are stirring it for the entire minute. This cooking process will ensure that the chocolate pudding thickens. Do not forget the cornstarch!

Allow your pudding to cool completely. The chocolate pudding will thicken as it cools. In order to get the thickest and creamiest pudding possible, make sure that has cooled completely before serving.

How do I prevent a skin and lumps from forming in my chocolate pudding?

As your pudding cools, a skin may form on the top. If the skin is stirred into the rest of the pudding it will create lumps in your pudding.

To prevent skin forming, immediately put your pudding in a separate bowl and cover it with plastic wrap once it has finished cooking.

If you find that your pudding has already developed a skin and formed lumps, you can run it through a fine metal strainer in order to separate the lumps from the rest of the pudding.

If there are still lumps after running it through a metal strainer, feel free to repeat the process until all the lumps are gone and you have achieved your desired texture and consistency.

Clear glass dessert dish with chocolate pudding. Topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a gold spoon on the side.

How to Store

Store your chocolate pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Because the consistency is likely to change in the freezer, I do not recommend freezing your homemade chocolate
pudding.

To make your own homemade chocolate pudding cups, you can divide the pudding into cup sized tupperware containers. A great option for lunch boxes or self-serve snacks for kids!

Serving Suggestions

Like I mentioned before, this eggless pudding is creamy and rich enough to serve all on its own! A few great ideas for garnishes and mix ins:

  • Sliced berriesThink juicy red strawberries and raspberries
  • Sliced bananasWhole bananas are made tastier when you dip them into pudding, too!
  • Shredded coconut – Sweetened or unsweetened, coconut and chocolate are a winning combo.
  • Chopped nuts – Almonds and peanuts are my favorite. Walnuts and pecans would taste delicious, too.

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Yield: 4 servings

Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

The classic Chocolate Pudding you loved as a kid tastes even better when it's homemade! This Chocolate Pudding recipe creates a thick and creamy pudding with a silky finish.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp cold salted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Whisk in cold milk until combined.      
  2. Turn on heat to medium high and stir constantly until it reaches a boil.      
  3. Set timer for 1 minute and boil while stirring constantly.       
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.      
  5. Place in a separate bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place plastic wrap directly against the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.       
  6. Cool completely (about 1-2 hours) in the refrigerator.       
  7. Once cooled, top with optional garnishes and serve.



Notes

  • Optional garnishes: chocolate flakes, whipped cream, fresh fruit
  • Store your chocolate pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Because the consistency is likely to change in the freezer, I do not recommend freezing your homemade chocolate pudding.
  • Recipe adapted from Hershey's Chocolate









Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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With just 5 minutes of active cooking time, this chocolate pudding recipe is an easy way to get your chocolate fix! For an after dinner dessert, daytime treat or lunchbox snack, everyone loves chocolate pudding.

Aimee

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