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homemade chocolate pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Creamy, dreamy, chocolatey and luscious.  Chocolate pudding is a simple dessert that resonates with young and old.  You can freeze this in popsicle molds, too, for yummy pudding pop treats.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla


Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a 3-quart or larger *saucepan.

Stir in the milk.

Begin heating the pudding mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly.  (Stirring constantly is necessary to prevent scorching as you bring the mixture to a boil.)

Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. (This process took about 20 minutes on my stove top.)

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla

Cool slightly and then pour into a bowl to finish setting up.

Cover the pudding with plastic wrap, pushing the wrap right down onto the surface of the pudding.  This prevents a “skin” from forming on top.

Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.  To be cold all the way through, I usually wait about 4 hours.


If you like darker chocolate flavor, add an extra 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder to your mixture.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American