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Easy Chocolate Pudding

HERE'S a recipe that satisfies a sweet tooth without any fuss. This wonderful pudding can be served plain or topped with coconut, nuts or whipped cream for a more elaborate finish. -Nora Reidy, Montoursville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 servings


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


  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into two serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.

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  • Sweethart721
    Jan 26, 2021

    Perfect! I used flour because I had no cornstarch!

  • Angela
    Dec 9, 2019

    Love this simple and delicious recipe. Sifting dry ingredients and whisking in milk will eliminate lumps.

  • Mary
    Feb 11, 2019

    Delicious and easy. If you have lumps, whisk the dry ingredients before adding the milk and vanilla.

  • Fluffernutter123
    Oct 4, 2016

    Followed the directions to a TEE, and it came out lumpy. I had to tell my three year old they were snowballs so he would eat it.

  • Randomrainbows
    Aug 9, 2016

    Made an account just to review this! Turned out amazingly, I don't buy milk so instead I used silk's almond/coconut blend for this recipe and Dutch-processed cocoa and it turned out incredibly!

  • crazy4ny
    Dec 31, 2015

    Yummy! Smooth and a real nice chocolate flavour. I used it to make a chocolate icebox cake. I will try to put some mint into the pudding next time to give it a festive twist.

  • abmcatmommy
    Oct 13, 2014

    Made this tonight. Very quick and so good. I do not like instant box pudding, so was quite thrilled to see this recipe. Will make this delicious pudding often. I am lactose intolerant and the lactose free milk does well in this. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  • CGermain
    Jun 17, 2014

    Delicious- If you'd like to try a minty sort of pudding I added 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • IslandWife
    Feb 25, 2012

    Delicious! I made it with Hershey's Dark Chocolate baking cocoa - wonderful!

  • revjoannrom828
    Sep 15, 2011

    Oh My Goodness...wonderful filling for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake. To make a little more chocolatey I also added 1tsp of Chocolate extract.