Easy Chocolate Pudding

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Make Easy Chocolate Pudding for a quick treat or even an elegant dessert! Your favorite creamy childhood treat made from scratch!

My kids LOVE chocolate pudding. I have to say, I am not a huge pudding girl…it’s something with texture I am sure. I love a good mousse, a Pot de Créme, or heck, even a pudding pop. But actual pudding is 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 finally give the stamp of approval.

Plus, this chocolate pudding recipe is crazy easy and you most likely have everything in your kitchen right now to make it. And don’t you kind of feel badass making homemade pudding? There’s just something about making, from scratch, a recipe you typically would take assistance from a box mix.

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!There are lots of versions of chocolate pudding out there in the universe. Some start with chopped chocolate, some have heavy cream…

But the beauty of this recipe is easy ingredients that you have with minimal effort…sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, a pinch of salt…

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Then you just add milk. Now you can use any milk you have…of course whole milk will make it a little creamier, or even half & half would be amazing…but whatever milk you have in your fridge will be fine!

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Just cook the mixture for a few minutes until it comes to a boil. It will thicken up nicely thanks to the cornstarch!

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Remove it from the heat and then add in some vanilla…

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

And then some butter from a little extra creamy richness. Butter makes it better!

Then you can divide it into individual serving dishes…

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Chill for at least an hour…and don’t forget to press your cling wrap right onto the pudding so it doesn’t form that weird pudding skin.

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

And I highly recommend a little whipped cream on top!

Easy Chocolate Pudding from scratch is creamy and crazy easy! My kids favorite!

Pretty and elegant, or just an after school treat, this is perfect.

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Easy Chocolate Pudding

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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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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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22 Responses
  1. Kimberly

    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

  2. LizzieC

    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!

  3. Seasons01

    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.

  4. Nancy Antonucci

    Girl, you are amazing! This pudding is just like what I remember my mom making only better! Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has gone into my recipe box!
    When I tell my husband about a new recipe I’m trying I’m like, it’s from the girl from cookies and cups.
    All those exclamations are absolutely necessary cause you rock!
    And your balsamic chicken… try adding a tbs of cornstarch band water to it at the end, then it sticks better ?

  5. Toni

    I used to make this all the time as a teen ager. I had forgotten all about i. t until a few years ago and couldn’t find the recipe any where This is the exact one I used to make! Love it. Thank You

  6. I heard for years how much better than a box mix a homemade pudding is, but I never believed it. I finally tried a homemade version a few years ago, and I will never go back. I will have to give this one a try!

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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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