Easy Chocolate Pudding

Easy Chocolate Pudding makes for a quick sweet treat or an elegant dessert! Make your favorite creamy childhood snack from scratch ! Full of rich chocolate flavor, and is best served with some whipped cream on top, this homemade version will be a family favorite.

Three bowls of easy chocolate pudding with whipped cream.

(This recipe was originally posted in 2017. The images were updated in 2021. The recipe remains the same!)

Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

My kids LOVE chocolate pudding. Me? Not so much. I love a good chocolate mousse, a Pot de Créme, or heck, even a pudding pop. But, actual pudding is usually a solid pass for me. So, I let my kids take the lead with this recipe. They helped me make it, taste test it, and they gave the final stamp of approval, too.

What started as humoring their favorite snack, though, ended with me “cleaning” the edges of the sauce pan. With a spoon. Hey, adults can taste test too – don’t let your kids tell you any different!

Getting back to the point, this sweet chocolate pudding recipe is crazy simple, and crazy delicious. It’s the perfect texture (thick-but-not-too-dense), and it’s sweet without being overly sugary. Plus, you most likely have everything you need in your kitchen to make it right now.

Easy, creamy chocolate pudding is great for after-school snacks, last-minute dessert emergencies (yes, those are a thing!), chocolate cravings… you get the gist.

Three cups of pudding with cream.

Why Make Pudding From Scratch?

Once you dip a spoon in your bowl, you’ll see why. But in addition to that, don’t you feel so accomplished when you make your own treats? There’s just something about preparing – from scratch – a recipe you might typically lean on a box mix for.

Here are a few more reasons why I like to make homemade pudding:

  • It’s Super Easy: There are lots of versions of chocolate pudding out there in the universe. Some start with chopped chocolate, some have heavy cream, etc. But the beauty of this recipe is the simplicity of the ingredients. There is minimal effort required in mixing sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and a couple of other essentials together.
  • It’s Quick: 10 minute dessert, anybody? That’s right. 10 MINUTES. Why are you still reading this when you could be halfway done making this pudding recipe? Kidding, kidding, we’ve got a little more to cover first.
  • It’s Customizable: If you like your pudding plain, that’s fine. However, if you’ve got a huge sweet tooth like me, you’ll add whipped cream or crushed Oreos or Kit Kat bars to your pudding. (Technically you could do this with store-bought pudding too, but it tastes better when you make it yourself, because you know what’s in it!)
Ingredients for easy chocolate pudding.

What You’ll Need

What goes into a batch of homemade chocolate pudding? There are 7 necessary ingredients. Let’s get exact, though – here are the specifics of what you’ll need to round up:

  • Sugar: Stick to granulated sugar for this pudding recipe.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You could technically use chopped chocolate for the chocolate flavoring, but using cocoa powder is just so darn easy.
  • Cornstarch: This will thicken up the pudding for you.
  • Salt: I like to use Kosher salt – it enhances the sweet chocolate flavor.
  • Milk: Whole milk makes for the creamiest pudding, as does half and half, but whatever milk you’ve got in your fridge is just fine.
  • Vanilla: For extra sweet flavor!
  • Butter: This adds extra creamy goodness to your pudding. Make sure it’s room temperature before starting.
Chocolate pudding cups with whipped cream.

How to Make Chocolate Pudding

Let’s recap for a second. This creamy chocolate pudding takes 10 minutes to make, it’s a total fan favorite, and it will instantaneously cure your chocolate cravings. Who could say no?

Here are the quick steps you’ll need to take to mix it together:

Combine Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Over medium heat, slowly add the milk, whisking constantly.

Let the Mixture Thicken: Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to whisk for an additional minute. The mixture will be thick at this point. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and butter until melted. Pour into individual serving dishes if desired.

Tips for Success

Looking for subtle tips and tricks to improve your pudding-making skills? I’ve got you! Here are a couple ways to make your chocolate pudding shine:

  • Really Try to Whisk Constantly: If you don’t whisk the pudding enough while adding the milk, it might begin to stick to the pan. It’s okay if you have to stop for a moment, but just make sure you’re keeping an eye on the mixture.
  • Refrigerate Before Serving: Chill your pudding for at least an hour before you serve it so that it’s cool and refreshing. Also, don’t forget to press your cling wrap right onto the pudding so it doesn’t form that weird pudding skin.
  • Mix Your Pudding Before Serving: This makes it nice and creamy – it can be a little dense when you try to eat it straight from the fridge.
  • Serve with Whipped Cream: I highly recommend a little whipped cream on top of your pudding! It’s a pudding essential that you don’t want to leave out. 🙂
Chocolate pudding in three bowls.

How to Store Pudding

Store your homemade pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also store individual bowls of pudding, tightly covered with plastic wrap, for a day or two if you want.

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Easy Chocolate Pudding

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Easy Chocolate Pudding makes for a quick sweet treat or an elegant dessert! Your favorite creamy childhood snack is full of rich chocolate flavor, and is best served with some whipped cream on top.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Over medium heat, slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to whisk for an additional minute. The mixture will be thick at this point. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and butter until melted.
  2. Pour into individual serving dishes if desired. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the pudding to avoid forming a “skin”, and chill for at least one hour.

Notes:

Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.
Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Margot
July 30, 2021 9:47 am

My family loves the pudding skin!

Wli
June 19, 2021 8:09 am

Do you think this would work with plant based milk, like almond or soy or maybe canned coconut milk?

Lydia Winsor
February 18, 2021 9:05 am

very good over hot buttered biscuits as well love it

Sandy
October 6, 2020 6:36 pm

Just right for simplicity and sweetness. My husband loves this chocolate pudding. So much better than a box mix. Thank you for a great recipe!

Rose
June 6, 2020 2:12 pm

I’ve made this pudding every week for the last 4 weeks, I actually add more milk and Cocoa for more pudding, it’s easy to make and it’s delicious
I can’t believe I used to make Jello boxed pudding, never again

Sara
April 27, 2020 8:57 pm

Great and easy! Just a little sweet for me, but I’m pregnant and my taste buds may be off. Served with a blood orange zest whipped cream (that wasn’t sweet). Great to have this recipe in my back pocket though!

Jim
February 16, 2020 11:27 pm

I’m home with the flu and wanted something chocolate, simple and with what I already have on hand. This was perfect. I feel better already. Thanks!

Ashley
November 22, 2019 1:20 pm

Has anyone tried freezing this to have later?

Kimberly
November 11, 2019 3:59 pm

I really wanted chocolate and so i looked up ?hing t make with chocolate and this recipe came up so i was like Yaaasss…than i realized i didn’t have any coco powder so i put peanut butter in and omgggg it was good

November 8, 2019 6:19 am

A great recipe, I was looking for something like that. Even today I’m screwing up how it tastes, but my saliva is leaking at the very sight. Thank you for writing it.

LizzieC
July 16, 2019 6:19 pm

Yummo! I subbed brown sugar, added stick pack of instant espresso powder, fabulous!

Hey pudding skin snobs, meet another weirdo who loves it! I actually prefer it over pudding itself, forgot chilling, I only love warm. Since the Internet, we’re coming out of the shadows LoL.

Delicious, fast, super easy!

Seasons01
April 12, 2019 7:21 am

I replaced 1/2 cup of the milk with half and half. And also used table salt. And used Duntch chocolate.

It was very good… but I goofed on the corn starch and had to add more milk to add more cornstarch in the end. Ooops… I know it was over boiled… and it still tasted good and smooth. So a little lumpy… ha ha ha…

Other then my goof up this was a lovely pudding and is now what I am going to make again.

Seasons01
April 11, 2019 10:31 pm

When you add half and half how much do you put in?

Lilian
December 15, 2020 1:10 pm
Reply to  Seasons01

The same amount of milk

Jasmine
December 15, 2018 7:19 pm

Made this recipe for an amazing chocolate cream pie!!! Yum yum yum!

February 16, 2018 12:56 am

Oh yeah! Love these and yes I sure wish I could be welcomed home with a dish of this pudding! I would love to try the dark chocolate version myself too. Hopefully, I will this week!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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