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Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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Try this easy chocolate pudding recipe for a quick dessert idea! Whether you need a fast snack idea or an elegant dessert for last-minute guests this homemade chocolate pudding is perfect! It takes just a few minutes to make and is full of creamy flavor.

My kids love chocolate pudding, but me?

Nope, I grew up thinking that store-bought chocolate pudding tasted terrible.

Ok, sure I loved lots of other pudding flavors we grew up buying but not chocolate. But then that changed.

One day when my kids were very little they really wanted some pudding but we didn’t have any.

Homemade chocolate pudding in small mason jars on a wooden table. With over laid text Quick Homemade Chocolate Pudding

It was a long trip to the store so I decided to make some chocolate pudding from scratch.

And you guessed it, I loved it!

Homemade chocolate pudding has a much richer and creamy taste than any that I’ve bought before and the best part is that it’s so easy to make.

You can mix it all and cook it in just one pot making clean up a breeze too.

So if you need a quick and easy dessert idea for a busy weeknight dinner that is also good enough for company this is it!

What’s In Chocolate Pudding?

To make this chocolate pudding recipe you will need only 7 simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now.

  • Milk – you can use any type of milk you like from skim milk to whole milk or even powdered milk. The higher the fat content in the milk the creamier the pudding will be.
  • Cocoa powder – I use unsweetened.
  • Cornstarch – This helps the pudding to thicken up quickly without changing the taste.
  • Sugar – Just plain white sugar works perfectly.
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter

How Long Does Pudding Last?

Homemade pudding lasts 5-7 days in the refrigerator. So it’s really easy to make up this homemade dessert ahead of time.

If you need to extend that longer then pudding freezes pretty well too. Simply place it into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

How To Make Chocolate Pudding

Cocoa And Sugar Mix For Making Chocolate Pudding In A Large Pot.

In a large saucepan add the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Then whisk them together well.

Milk mixed into the dry ingredients for homemade chocolate pudding in a lrage pot on a wooden background.
Add the milk and whisk until the mixture is nice and smooth.

Slowly pour in the milk while stirring, continue to stir it until the mixture is nice and smooth.

Then turn the heat on to medium and bring the pudding mixture to a boil making sure to stir it constantly.

Once the pudding starts to boil hard, time it for 1 minute and remember to keep staring.

Stiring in vanilla extract and butter into the pudding in a large pot on a wooden background.
Stir in the vanilla and butter until well combined and smooth.

Then remove the pudding from the heat and add the vanilla and butter, stir until the butter has fully melted and mixed in with the pudding.

Chocolate pudding served in 3 small mason jars and a large bowl in the background on a wooden table top. A red and white tea towel is laying in the background.

Pour the pudding into a large bowl, or small individual servicing bowls if you prefer. Then cover them with plastic wrap making sure that it touches the top of the pudding. This will help prevent a “skin” from forming on the top.

Place the pudding in the fridge for 1 hour or until cool and set enough to eat.

What To Top Pudding With

Ok so you’ve made your pudding and you could just dive in, honestly, I often serve it as is simply because my kids don’t want to wait for me to add anything to it.

But if you have a few extra minutes why not dress up your homemade chocolate pudding a little?

Try these fun topping ideas:

  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cookie crumbles
  • Strawberry syrup
Yield: 12 Servings

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Homemade chocolate pudding in a white bowl on a wooden table. There is a large spoonful of pudding being held over the bowl and a red and white tea towel in the background.

You’ll love this easy chocolate pudding recipe! It’s so easy to make with cocoa powder and other simple ingredients you have in your pantry. Mixed and cooked using just 1 pot this recipe is simple to make and clean up is a breeze. Don’t miss this simple homemade pudding recipe it’s perfect for quick dessert ideas on those busy weeknights but also yummy enough to serve to your dinner guests.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes



  1. In a large saucepan combine cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and salt together.
  2. Add the milk whisking it until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Bring to a boil slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the pudding is boiling hard, time for 1 minute and continue to stir.
  4. After 1 minute has passed remove the pot from the heat and add in the vanilla and butter. Stir until the butter is melted and well combined.
  5. Pour the pudding into a large serving bowl or small individual bowls. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.  If you don’t want a skin to form on top of the pudding then make sure the plastic wrap is tight against the pudding.


You can use any type of milk in this pudding recipe from powdered milk to whole milk or even half milk and half cream. The higher the fat content the cremier the pudding will turn out.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, this information is for informational purposes only please consult a nutritionist for more information and guidance.

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Theresa Powers

Friday 18th of September 2020

This is delicious, and came out perfect! Far superior to store-bought pudding, thank you!


Monday 11th of May 2020

I made this for my elderly mother who cannot eat solid food like cake, cookies, etc. She loved it! Everyone in the family loved it! I used half milk, and half whipping cream. Thank you from all of us!

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