MY MOTHER used to make this dessert whenever she could. During the Depression it was hard to find chocolate, but when she found some, she saved enough to make this pudding. I make it now and think of her every time I prepare it.
One of the nice things about this easy pudding is you don't have to stand and stir it. It's a must for us at Christmas—at Thanksgiving and Easter, too! I also make it into a pie with graham cracker crust that our grandchildren love.
The home my husband and I moved into 11 years ago is unusual. We're retired farmers, and it's built from knotty pine—out of an old barn and hog house! The inside is wood. Donald, who enjoys woodworking, refinished the boards.
I love chocolate and I love berries, so I was thrilled to come across this recipe that combines the two. I like to use egg bread when making this dessert. Since it cooks in the slow cooker, I can tend to other things. —Becky Foster, Union, Oregon
"This creamy luscious layered pie is a real treat," assures Toni Preiner of Manahga, Minnesota. "No one ever guesses that it's made with sugar-free pudding mixes. Whenever I serve it, I get compliments."
I HAVE no idea where I got this recipe...the card is yellow with age! The dense chocolate taste makes it rich with flavor, and it's a satisfying dessert topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
I'm pleased to share one of my favorites with Reminisce EXTRA readers!
-Helene Belanger, Denver, Colorado
I made this for the first time when my husband asked me, "Why don't you ever make chocolate pudding?" It's not too rich, but it has an amazing chocolate flavor. It's nice knowing you can enjoy a from-scratch pudding in just 30 minutes. —Charis O'Connell, Mohnton, Pennsylvania
This recipe is the closest I could come to the rice pudding my husband remembers his mother made when he was a boy. I experimented for a long time trying to match that unwritten recipe from the past. Now this is one of my husband's favorite desserts!
“My father is French, and I have a lot of family recipes that involve croissants. Any way to make this one healthier?” Our test kitchen transformed one of Sonya’s best-loved recipes into a delectable, slimmed-down version without giving up the croissants she loves. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California