Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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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!

Chocolate pudding in a glass with whipped cream

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.

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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Review Recipe

Chocolate Pudding

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


  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and cornstarch. Mix well. Add in cold milk, whisk until combined. 

  2. Increase heat to medium, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a boil.

  3. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

  4. Allow mixture to cool completely, stirring occasionally to avoid a skin forming on the pudding. 

  5. Serve chilled or warm.

Recipe Notes

Note: Place a plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding while it cools to avoid a skin from forming.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 184, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 193mg, Carbohydrates: 33g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 205%, Calcium: 110%, Iron: 0.7%

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

Keyword chocolate pudding, from scratch, homemade

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    1. Sorry Brandy, we have only made this recipe as listed. But if you do make it sugar-free or with a sugar substitute please let us know how it turns out!

  1. In Poland, I always make a recipe for pudding on 4 ingredients, milk, potato starch, sugar, cocoa only that the pennants are of great importance and sometimes the ingredients are replaced with something else, for example carob, coconut milk, something like that, you only need to translate, I recommend adding coconut sugar, it deepens the taste.

  2. Sweet! I would definitely use less sugar (maybe 1 1/4 cup) and not very thick. Somewhat runny after cooking full minute. Taste is ok.

  3. It tastes delicious! One question , it’s think when it’s done cooking but after it cools in gets runnier, any suggestions?

    1. Sorry I can’t say, I have not experienced that issue Kristin with this recipe. Did you boil it for the full minute? This helps with thickening.

  4. Hello!

    I made the chocolate pudding today and it came out great. Thank you! One question, vanilla is not listed in the ingredients but is included in the instructions to be added along with the butter. Do you have a suggested amount or is this ingredient optional?
    Thanks again.