Easy Chocolate Pudding

This easy chocolate pudding is made with cocoa powder and other ingredients that you likely already have lying around your kitchen. It’s quick, creamy, and smooth. A great last-minute no-bake dessert!

I don’t know what possessed me to go hunting for pudding the other night, but I am so glad I did (and Zach is even more glad). This is the best pudding I have ever had. I used whole milk (though other milks will work) and it gave the cocoa powder such a rich and creamy taste. 

Though it was also a huge mistake. Now I have a delicious dessert that takes no time to make and uses ingredients I keep on hand at all times.

Uh oh.

This easy chocolate pudding is made with cocoa powder and other ingredients that you likely already have lying around your kitchen. It's quick, creamy, and smooth. A great last-minute no-bake dessert! || via diybudgetgirl.com #quick #easy #under30minutes #donein30 #chocolatelovers #cocoapowder #smooth #rich #stovetop #nobake

Easy Chocolate Pudding

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsps cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk or non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsps butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

This recipe is actually not my own and I didn’t change anything about it. I’m mostly posting about it because it’s delicious and I wanted to practice my photography. 😛 You can find the full recipe with directions here at Hershey’s Kitchens

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This easy chocolate pudding is made with cocoa powder and other ingredients that you likely already have lying around your kitchen. It's quick, creamy, and smooth. A great last-minute no-bake dessert! || via diybudgetgirl.com #quick #easy #under30minutes #donein30 #chocolatelovers #cocoapowder #smooth #rich #stovetop #nobake

You can probably substitute the cornstarch with flour. Just remember that it takes more flour to thicken a dish than it takes cornstarch. So double the amount you use if you’re going to substitute with flour. Also, flour probably won’t give the pudding the same glossy look.

I actually had to make this twice (oh nooooo) because I screwed up the refrigeration process the first time. My first batch turned out just a little bit chunky because I put it in the fridge without covering it. This created a film that I tried to stir back into the pudding, but it created chunks. It was still delicious.

But I wanted a completely smooth texture for the photos, so the second time I made this, I left it in the saucepan with the lid on while it cooled (instead of putting it in the glasses like I did the first time). That didn’t work, I still wound up with film. 😛 Apparently to avoid that problem, you should cover the pudding tightly with plastic wrap. But I didn’t have any, so this will do.  

This easy chocolate pudding is made with cocoa powder and other ingredients that you likely already have lying around your kitchen. It's quick, creamy, and smooth. A great last-minute no-bake dessert! || via diybudgetgirl.com #quick #easy #under30minutes #donein30 #chocolatelovers #cocoapowder #smooth #rich #stovetop #nobake

I also didn’t bring the pudding to a full boil the second time, like the directions said to. I brought it to a simmer and then removed it from the heat. As the pudding heats, it gets thicker. As it gets thicker, it retains heat. So once I removed it, I continued whisking and it starting boiling off the heat.

When I boiled it ON the heat, I wound up with a lot of chunks from the film that formed at the bottom of the saucepan (from milk and stuff sticking). Simmering it gave me the same thickness I needed, but didn’t create that film. So my pudding turned out much smoother the second time.

This pudding can be eaten by itself or used as a base for a chocolate cream pie (nom). 

Do you have any dangerously easy dessert recipes?

Easy Chocolate Pudding
Serves 4
This easy chocolate pudding is made with cocoa powder and other ingredients that you likely already have lying around your kitchen. It's quick, creamy, and smooth. A great last-minute no-bake dessert!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 3 tbsps cornstarch
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 2 1/4 cups milk or non-dairy milk
  6. 2 tbsps butter or margarine
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. View the rest of this recipe at Hershey's Kitchens.
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18 comments

    • Chelsey says:

      Yeah, that is a HUGE bonus of making your own foods. Plus it’s way cheaper. I almost always have the ingredients I need, anyway. May as well use them, right? 😛

  1. Sage says:

    Thank you for this!

    I’m an American living in Denmark where instant chocolate pudding doesn’t exist. It’s one of the comfort foods I crave most often and all of the ingredients in this recipe are readily available here, I can’t wait to try it :)

  2. Carol says:

    Hi Chelsey-homemade is SO much better than store bought-and just as easy as using a box of cook and serve. PLUS homemade has ingredients you can actually SPELL and pronounce, Can’t get much better than that. :)

    Your photos are amazing-they have me craving some homemade chocolate pudding right now!

  3. Lou Lou Girls says:

    Oh my…so delicious! I always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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