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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

One of the nice things about this easy pudding is you don't have to stand and stir it. This is a must for us at Christmas—at Thanksgiving and Easter, too! I also make it into a pie with graham cracker crust that our grandchildren love. —Amber Sampson, Somonauk, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep:10 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, heat the milk, butter and chocolate until chocolate is melted (chocolate may appear curdled).
  • Combine sugar, flour and salt. Sprinkle over chocolate mixture (do not stir). Cover and continue to cook in a double boiler over medium-low heat, 20 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to dessert dishes.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. If desired, top with whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 413 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.


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  • Alan
    Apr 16, 2019

    Sorry, it's not chocolatey enough, not sweet enough, and it tastes of flour (and I followed the directions precisely).

  • Corwin44
    Mar 11, 2019

    This was great. I made it as directed and added some Samoas Girl Scout cookie to each bowl as a garnish. It was a huge hit. I think this recipe is versatile enough that I can use coconut extract and top it with toasted coconut, or top it with chopped butterfinger or whatever candy I’m in the mood for (Oreos next time?). It was really and delish. I don’t have a double boiler so I put a sauce pan in my large skillet that I filled with water. It worked fine.

  • angela35223
    Feb 3, 2011

    This recipe reminds us of brownies. It was very thick and had a smooth texture.Everyone loved it.

  • amj_baker
    Mar 28, 2010

    I don't have a double boiler, but I tried the microwave and it worked fine. You do have to carefully stir in the flour mixture, though. It only took a few minutes and it was really good.

  • momofdthomas
    Dec 11, 2007

    This is to die for! It does work the way the directions say, w/o stirring, but once while I wasn't paying enough attention, I stirred it up. That worked just as good. Thanks so much for sharing this. I double it and we eat off it the rest of the week....ok maybe just the next night.