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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chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 232901
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."

Monona User ID: 1831287 230599
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."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 61242
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!"

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 24279
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!"

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 24134
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!"

arabianhorsefan User ID: 3401042 22520
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"YUM!! This is awesome! I couldn't stop eatting it and ate the whole thing! I always loved eating hot chocolate pudding but it took so long to make. This is ready to eat quicker than instant pudding (unless you want to let it cool first). Loved this and will definitely make it again!"

lwilles19630 User ID: 2098418 59604
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"This is so much better than from a mix. I did increase the baking cocoa to 1/3 cup. Was a little too sweet for us at 1/4 cup. We like to eat this with sliced bananas in the bottom of the bowl, then put the chocolate pudding on top."

GrammyGarl User ID: 4370033 24049
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Wonderfully quick and chocolatey! I read this recipe and went right out and made it just now. Had some while it was still pretty warm and will try again when chilled. Next time I'll whip up some cream and make a mousse. Thanks for a very easy and delicious recipe!"

veggie04 User ID: 4258939 202805
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"this is a delicious recipe. I added some a little more baking cocoa & some coffee granules to give it lots of flavor. I have some more cooling right now...mmmm"

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 23319
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"This chocolate pudding is really great! It takes only a few minutes to prepare with hardly any clean-up! It is also very chocolate-ly and not too sweet!"

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