Chocolate Pudding is a classic favorite dessert! This easy, kid friendly treat is a cinch to prepare and a great make-ahead option!
My family loves fruit desserts like Rhubarb Crisp and Strawberry Pie but sometimes I just need my chocolate fix! Light, creamy, rich, and chocolatey, this easy chocolate pudding recipe goes perfectly with fruit or on its own!
How to Make Chocolate Pudding
This chocolate pudding recipe takes no time at all on the stovetop, and then a quick chill while you’re eating dinner and voila! Homemade chocolate pudding can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy it.
To make homemade chocolate pudding:
- Combine dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch). Whisk in milk.
- Bring to a low boil for 1 minute.
- Cool the chocolate pudding completely.
Tips for Making Pudding
- Use medium heat and sugar and milk can scorch or burn at a higher temperature.
- Whisk constantly while it comes to a boil.
- To keep the pudding from having a skin, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding while it cools.
How Long Does Homemade Chocolate Pudding Last
Homemade chocolate pudding has to be stored in the fridge. I like to store it in serving-sized plastic containers for ease. It will last 5-7 days.
This recipe makes a pretty good amount so it’s perfect for packing in lunches. Grab some single-serving plastic containers and you have delicious chocolate pudding to send with your kids (or yourself) for the whole week.
Chocolate pudding can change texture when frozen because of the corn starch so it’s not great to defrost but it does make great drip-free pudding pops!
More Chocolate Love
- Caramel Chocolate Trifle – always impresses
- Best Ever Chocolate Cake – decadent!
- Chocolate Macaroons (No Bake) – so easy
- Easy Triple Chocolate Cookies – kid approved
- Easy Chocolate Truffles – a holiday favorite!
- Oreo Dirt Cups – fun snack or dessert
Did you enjoy this Chocolate Pudding? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
- 1 ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup cocoa
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- pinch salt
- 4 ½ cups milk
- 3-4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and cornstarch. Mix well. Add in cold milk, whisk until combined.
- Increase heat to medium, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a boil.
- Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
- Allow mixture to cool completely, stirring occasionally to avoid a skin forming on the pudding.
- Serve chilled or warm.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Made with skim milk, sugar substitute and sugar free chocolate chips. Stirred in the chips after thickened. No one knew the difference.
I made this exactly as it was written and my husband said it is the best chocolate pudding he has ever had. Of note, it is a dark chocolate and not a milk chocolate, possibly depending on what kind of chocolate powder used. I cooked it on a medium heat per instructions and turned it down a little when it started to boil. It took a few minutes but once it started to thicken, it went pretty fast so stir constantly so it doesn’t scorch or burn. Be patient and wait until it thickens before removing from the heat. This will be a frequent treat in our home. Thank you for sharing.
This was delicious!
I dont usually leave recipe reviews but this one deserves the 5 ⭐!!
So happy to hear you loved this pudding recipe Jenn!