Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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This Chocolate Pudding Recipe is a smooth, thick, and creamy recipe made with just a handful of ingredients. You will be surprised at how quick and easy this homemade chocolate pudding is to make.

Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This pudding is so delicious and just melts in your mouth with every bite. This easy-to-make recipe uses cocoa powder to make that rich and chocolatey flavor. This can be served by itself or used in other desserts of your choosing.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

Cocoa Powder: It’s important to use a high quality cocoa powder because that is the primary flavor of the pudding.

Corn Starch: To get that thick consistency, corn starch works the best.

Milk: Whole milk works the best and is the standard for homemade pudding. If you prefer to use 2% or 1% milk instead, your pudding just won’t be as rich. Alternative milks should work fine as well like unsweetened almond, cashew, and coconut milks.

Pure Vanilla Extract. Vanilla adds important flavor to chocolate pudding. A good quality vanilla makes a huge difference.

How To Make Chocolate Pudding

Step 1. In a sauce pan, add corn starch, sugar, and cocoa powder and combine. Pour in the whole milk and combine once again until smooth.

Adding the cocoa powder.

Step 2. Over medium heat using a whisk, mix until the pudding begins to simmer and thicken. Take off the heat and add in the butter and vanilla. Combine the mixture until melted.

Step 3. Place the mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours until chilled and set. Top with fresh whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

How To Store?

Place the pudding in an airtight container for the best storage method. This recipe is best when stored in the fridge.

What To Do With Leftover Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding in a Glass

Can You Freeze Chocolate Pudding?

I don’t recommend freezing the pudding because the consistency will change. Homemade pudding mixtures can separate or end up with a grainy texture. The best part about this recipe other than the flavor is the smooth and creamy consistency so refrigerating works best.

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Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This homemade Chocolate Pudding is a smooth, thick, and creamy recipe made with a handful of ingredients and topped with fresh whipped cream.
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • In a sauce pan, add sugar, corn starch and cocoa powder. Add the milk and whisk to combine.
  • Over medium heat, whisk until the mixture starts to boil and thicken up for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until melted.
  • Allow mixture to cool completely, stirring every ten minutes or so to avoid a top layer of skin. 
  • Set in the fridge for 1 hour to serve chilled.

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