Chocolate Pudding

Time to Cook: 
10 min
Time to Prepare: 
60 min
Number of Servings: 
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Dark and rich, this pudding contains only things you can name-sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, eggs, and milk. There's nothing weird in here so you can feel okay about making it for your kids for a treat-also it takes almost no time to make! The kids can even do it on their own!

This pudding is so tasty you won't want to just leave for the kids, you'll find yourself sneaking into the fridge at night to grab a creamy spoonful. It's just THAT good.

The homemade version is so much better than anything from a box.


1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted

pinch salt

2 1/2 cups milk

4 large egg yolks

2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 tbsp vanilla


1. Place a large mesh sieve over a large bowl and then set it aside. You're going to need to. Set out the 2 tbsp of butter and vanilla beside it, along with a spatula.

homemade chocolate pudding

2. In a medium sized saucepan, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Continue to whisk and add the milk a little at a time, until everything is smooth and incorporated.

chocolate pudding

3. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. Continue whisking the mixture constantly until it becomes thick and begins to bubble. You'll know this when you get one decent bubble breaking on the surface of the thickened pudding.

homemade chocolate pudding

4. Turn the heat to low and continue cooking, whisking well, for another minute. When the minute is up, scrape the pudding into the mesh sieve you put over the bowl and strain it through. The sieve will catch any bits of egg that may have solidified, and will make your pudding nice and smooth. Stir in the butter and vanilla, continuing to stir until it's melted and incorporated.

5. Portion the pudding out into four 1 cup ramekins. Let them cool to room temperature before covering with cling film and putting in the fridge to chill.

chocolate pudding

6. Enjoy just as they are, or with a bit of whipping cream on top.

Adapted from Martha Stewart