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!

Several glasses filled with homemade chocolate pudding

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:

  1. Combine dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch). Whisk in milk.
  2. Bring to a low boil for 1 minute.
  3. 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.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding in a clear glass

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!

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Easy and delicious, this rich chocolate pudding recipe is one of our favorite desserts! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ⅓ cup sugar
  • cup cocoa
  • 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.


Note: Place a plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding while it cools to avoid a skin from forming.
4.87 from 425 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 184 | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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    1. The consistency should be thick, it will thicken slightly in the fridge but should be fairly thick in the saucepan.

  1. I wish this recipe also had metric units. I want to half the recipe, but not easy using cups and tablespoons, etc. Not trying to be critical. I’ve made your recipes many times with excellent results.5 stars

    1. Hi Marshall, I am so glad you are enjoying our recipes! Unfortunately, I am unable to provide metric conversions for them. There are many conversion tools available online. I hope that helps.

  2. So easy. ! I used Dutch processed cocoa and it was Devine!!! I did notice that my mixture never boiled. It instead went from warm liquid to super slurry I think I warmed to slowly. It burped once and I called it a boil and counted one minute from there and called it. I hope it sets up ok. Thanks !!!!

  3. Wow! I just love chocolate pudding! I used to make it as a kid, but always used the mytifine (sp?) powder in the little box. I just followed your recipe and used raw jersey milk from our neighbor’s farm with organic fair-trade cocoa powder. It was the best!!! My husband is enjoying it even as much as I am! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe. Chocolate pudding is my favorite comfort food!5 stars

  4. Wow! This came together in a flash!! Taste tested by way of pan & spatula . This will be my go to from now on! So creamy, and luscious!!! Prepared it exactly as recipe instructs, and it produced a rich, creamy, chocolatey dream!! My guests after me serving this will definitely be asking for this recipe!!!5 stars