best chocolate pudding

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this really is the BEST chocolate pudding, and it is so easy to make you will be ditching the box for good

best chocolate pudding | so god you'll never go back to the box

fancy desserts are nice. I love a good tiramisu every now and then, and creme brulee is something I won’t usually turn down, but when I have a serious dessert craving it’s pudding I think of most. straight forward, and so comforting, there is something almost magical about pudding, especially homemade chocolate pudding. it instantly takes me back to childhood. finding a pudding snack pack in my lunch box would make my day, and  strange as it may sound, I LOVED eating the pudding skin from a hot batch on the stove.

best chocolate pudding

the boxed mixes are fine in a pinch; Stella used to love “making” instant pudding when she was little, but with only a handful of kitchen staples and about 15 minutes you can have the best chocolate pudding, completely homemade. it really is so good you will never think of going back to the box again.

best chocolate pudding

best chocolate pudding


  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • in a medium saucepan whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar
  • over medium -low heat gradually add the milk and cream to the saucepan
  • whisk occasionally to scrape up any cornstarch clumps from the bottom
  • once the pudding begins to thicken  enough to coat a spoon(about 10 minutes) add the chopped chocolate
  • stir until the pudding becomes very thick (3-4 minutes more), remove from the heat, and then stir in the vanilla
  • strain out any lumps (if desired) and pour into serving dishes
  • cover with plastic wrap and chill  at least 2 hours
  • pudding will keep in the refrigerator 2-3 days

because there are only  a few ingredients in this pudding, use the best quality you can. I prefer to use whole milk in all of my cooking and baking, but use what you like or have on hand (skim milk will not thicken as well, so you’ll want to add an extra tablespoon of cornstarch; 2% is the best substitute for whole milk)

i like to use both cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, but you could easily replace the cocoa powder with an extra ounce of bittersweet chocolate.

when you’re in the mood for some serious comfort food, you cannot beat this easy homemade chocolate pudding


best chocolate pudding


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