Homemade Chocolate Pudding recipe is so rich and flavorful. It has so much chocolate flavor and only a few pantry staples. Once you try homemade chocolate pudding, you will be hooked!

Chocolate pudding in bowl.
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This easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe is a game changer. I think you will be really surprised how simple it is to make. Homemade pudding recipes taste so much better than the box mixes.

I prefer homemade pudding and it’s so easy to make. The kids love when I make Tapioca Pudding and Peanut Butter Pudding too.

If you love chocolate like we do, also make Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue Recipe, Cheesecake Mousse and French Silk Brownies.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Simple step by step instructions. It’s easy to make pudding from scratch.
  • Rich flavor. The flavor is simply the best!
  • Better than store bought. The taste and chocolate goodness is much better than a mix.
Ingredients for recipe - sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt, milk.

Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 
  • Cornstarch 
  • Salt 
  • Milk

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Step by step instructions

Step 1. Combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.

Saucepan with sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch.

Step 2. Then whisk in the milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Make sure to whisk constantly and then allow to gently boil for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in unsalted butter and vanilla.

Milk added to pan.

Step 3. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature completely. Make sure to stir it occasionally to keep it from forming a film on top of the pudding. Pour into serving containers or a bowl.

Bowl sof chocolate pudding.

Step 4. Chill the pudding.  Serve cold and enjoy!  

Bowls of chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream.

Toppings

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Put a piece of plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent a skin from forming on the surface of the pudding while in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze pudding?

The texture changes once frozen. I do not suggest freezing the pudding.

Tips for Success

  • Don’t use high heat. The milk will scorch and burn if high heat is used. It is best to use medium-low heat or medium-high heat.
  • Continuously stir. Make sure to stir the mixture constantly while it comes to a boil.
  • Whole Milk is best. The taste of the pudding will be richer if you use whole milk.

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Chocolate Pudding

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Chocolate Pudding recipe is so rich and flavorful. It has so much chocolate flavor and only a few pantry staples. Once you try homemade chocolate pudding, you will be hooked!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 302

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.
  • Whisk in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Allow to gently boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  • Allow the mixture to come to room temperature completely (stir it occasionally to keep it from forming on top of the pudding).
  • Chill the pudding.  Serve cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 302kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 5g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 166mg, Potassium 296mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 44g, Vitamin A 373IU, Calcium 162mg, Iron 1mg

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Hi, I’m Carrie. Welcome to Desserts on a Dime!

I’m on a mission to help you create delicious desserts on a budget and do not require a ton of time. Together, we are going to make something sweet that the entire family will love!

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