Thick Chocolate Pudding Recipe
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Thick Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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"This smooth, chocolaty pudding tastes old-fashioned but stirs up in a jiffy," promises Myra Innes from Auburn, Kansas. "It's much faster than cooking it on the stovetop and so easy that even older kids can make it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped topping, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 180 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a 1-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Stir in milk until smooth. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes; stir. Microwave 3-5 minutes longer or until thickened, stirring after each minute. Stir in vanilla. Pour into individual serving dishes; cool. Refrigerate. Garnish with whipped topping if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Thick Chocolate Pudding in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p51

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"It was really rich. It was very much like box pudding. It is super easy since it is microwaved. I would prefer it more custard-y."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"I just made this as a quick desert for dinner and it was GREAT. I will be making it many, many more times. So easy and quick."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"This is the first dessert my eight year-old son made independently. He was so proud... and we were pleased with how yummy it was! I have only made pudding with lots of egg yolks on the stove top. This was not as custard-y, but still very delicious. And so much easier!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"It was very easy, very chocolatey and very smooth. Best cooked pudding recipe I've ever made. I used coconut milk because I was out of regular milk and it tasted great!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Very easy, very creamy and very chocolatey! Loved it, it is the easiest cooked pudding recipe I've ever made. I used coconut milk because I was out of regular milk and it tastes great!"

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