Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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This delightful pudding is always a treat and easy to whip up using common pantry ingredients. I usually top the pudding with M&M's. My husband likes whipped topping on his and our daughter loves to dip fresh strawberries in hers.—Carrina Cooper, McAlpin, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • M&M's, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 196 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 milk.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Spoon into individual serving dishes. Chill until serving. Sprinkle with M&M's if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Homemade Chocolate Pudding in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p23

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Kyra User ID: 9175646 266295
Reviewed May. 24, 2017

"I agree with other reviewers that this pudding is too sweet (1/2 to 2/3 C sugar would probably be perfect). Here are some tips for those who had trouble with the pudding setting: make sure you're using whole milk (or at the very least, 2%). Variations (like powdered milk, soy milk, skim etc) won't set the same. You'll want to heat this over medium heat, whisking constantly the whole time you're heating it. The mixture will thicken slightly before it boils. Keep heating/whisking! Bring it to a roiling boil, and THEN start timing your two minutes. This is not to make the mixture thicker, so much as it is to cook out the starchiness from the cornstarch. Once the time is up, remove from heat, add your butter and vanilla, whisk in to melt the butter/distribute the flavorings throughout, and then divide into your bowls. If you don't mind a skin on top of your pudding, you can let cool at room temperature about 30 minutes to an hour and then refrigerate until you're ready to eat. Otherwise, press a piece of heavy duty food grade plastic wrap over the surface of each pudding, and let cool at room temperature before refrigerating. Chilling the pudding at this point is what will make it set."

dianap132 User ID: 1583428 263577
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2017

"I make this for St. Pattys day with a half a cup of Irish creme. The alcohol cooks off but the flavor stays. Yummy!"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 248466
Reviewed May. 21, 2016

"easy and delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. My husband does not usually like pudding as much as I do, but he loved this."

beboboy9 User ID: 8845160 247509
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"This was a great recipe....very easy to make however my first try produced a great hot pudding but after being in fridge overnight it was soupy the next day. The second try I substituted one can of Carnation Evaporated Milk and 3 cups whole milk and boiled it for about 15-20 seconds longer than stated. It turned out very creamy and set nicely. Does anyone else out there love the skin on top of pudding as much as I do?"

road2perfection User ID: 8468362 247416
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2016

"Mine turned out too soupy and did not taste as good as I used powdered whole milk with it. :-("

teresajoycej User ID: 8820389 246269
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"This was quick and easy to make. Everyone loved it!"

[email protected] User ID: 4334473 244404
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"All I can say is YUM! I made this today as my husband had dental surgery and I was trying to think of soft foods he could eat. Pudding! Well, I don't keep the box stuff in the house, so I came across this recipe. It was very easy to make and is very tasty. This is a keeper!"

louann1977 User ID: 8696817 241670
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"This was a hit here at my house. My two year old is an extremely picky eater and she is on her third serving. I will be making this again."

Comnyc User ID: 8589496 235726
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Perfect. easy. No reason to buy boxed mixes again! Thanks!"

Shelly_gasm13 User ID: 8543541 233033
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Tastes great but how long does this pudding need to chill for?"

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