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.
While feeling bored one summer afternoon, I decided to create this scrumptious spin on traditional rice pudding. Now, my creative summer treat is a frequent request yearround. —Gregory Royster, North Lauderdale, Florida
"When I get the urge for something creamy and chocolaty, I whip up this old-fashioned pudding with a touch of almond," Darlene Markel writes from Salem, Oregon. "I like to eat it while it's warm with a dollop of whipped topping.