Homemade Chocolate Pudding - Buttered Side Up

Homemade Chocolate Pudding



Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Pudding is just one of those things that's best when homemade. In fact, I can't stand store-bought pudding. Even when I was a little girl, those pudding cups that come in plastic containers were repulsive to me. 

And pudding is so easy to make from scratch, there's hardly any excuse to do otherwise. All that's required is to mix the ingredients together and boil. The most annoying part is stirring the pudding so it doesn't scorch. But if you're particularly lazy (like me), you can just stir it frequently (or occasionally) if you don't mind the pudding getting extra cooked on the bottom. 

You may remember waaaay back in November of 2010 when I first posted this recipe. It's been nearly three years and this is still my favorite recipe. 

Make some tonight. Serve it hot like fudge sauce over ice cream. Or wait for it to cool (if you're that patient) and serve it with whipped cream. Any way you eat it, it's good.

Is there any store-bought food that's better than homemade?



Chocolate Pudding Adapted from Betty Crocker | Makes approximately 4 servings | Printable Page
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon (just a pinch) salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions:
1) In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, salt, cocoa powder, and maple syrup until smooth. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and egg yolks.
2) Slowly whisk the milk & yolks into the mixture in the pan. Set the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
3) Remove from heat and stir in the butter & vanilla. Serve warm (over ice cream) or chilled (with whipped cream).



Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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26 comments

  1. I love a classic pudding like this. And yours turned out so dark and dreamy! Lovely recipe.

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  2. I saw this on here earlier today and just finished making a batch. I have milk to use up so this was great. :)

    Curious: what kind of cocoa do you use? Dutch cocoa or just generic?

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I use regular cocoa - I don't think I've ever seen it in any of our shops. Which do you prefer?

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  3. How chocolatey is it? For instance, I didn't like brownies very much because they were so dark and rich.

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    1. I'd say it's about medium-heavy on the chocolatey side. :)

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  4. So decadent and delicious! I love a good classic chocolate pudding :)

    Pinned!!

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  5. This looks delicious! And I agree that pretty much everything is better home made.

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  6. Hi Erica, I just discovered your blog and it's gorgeous. I will definately making these chocolate pots!

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    1. Hope you enjoy! Let me know how you liked them. :)

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  7. Hi Erica!

    I just found your site via a Tumblr post and I have to say that I can't wait to try this one. I do have a question. I'm lactose intolerant and drink almond milk instead of dairy. Will I need to make any alterations if I switch out the milk?

    Thank you. :)

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    1. Hello, Christine! I have never had almond milk before, so I'm not an expert. I would think that it would work just fine in this recipe. The only thing to look out for is if the almond milk is sweetened. If it is, you should decrease the sugar a bit. Hope that helps!

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    2. Awesome! I'll give it a try and let you know how I made out. :)

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    3. Yes! Let me know how it goes. :)

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  8. Hi Erica,

    Do you use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe?

    Thanks, Sarah

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  9. I just came across this post and was wondering what you mean by sweetener of your choice, could I use sugar or does it have to be a liquid?

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    1. Yes, you can use sugar (that's what the original recipe called for). Hope you enjoy - this is one of my all-time favorite desserts. Make sure you try it warm on top of ice cream! :D

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    2. Yippy! I will for sure be making this soon. Thanks for replying so fast.

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  10. Love this beautiful post. Had to share it! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=682169001833122&set=a.415727888477236.106941.161470543902973&type=1&stream_ref=10

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  11. Made this for dessert tonight and it was a hit with the whole family. I used to think I didn't like pudding but your recipe changed my mind. Thanks!

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    1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! I actually made this for dessert last night. We had it over ice cream, of course. And with toasted pecans. :D

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  12. this looks delicious, I will try it out.

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  13. Sounds delicious and perfect for a cold weather.

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    1. Mmhmm. We made some just the other night. :)

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  14. Can I just say, this recipe got me cooking homemade chocolate pudding a looooot. :) Just a thought: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/how-to-make-jello-pudding-from-scratch-chocolate-pudding-recipe.html Try with gelatin....it blew my mind as it legitimately tasted like Jello brand, and I used grassfed beef gelatin--upping the nutritional content. And recent research on the benefits of gelatin has made me want to use it as much as possible (think: bone broth benefits). It is very much a different pudding and I would love to see your take on it with a healthy sweetener as well (maple syrup is my favorite), as I always have to guess/try to figure out how much because I never write my notes down from the last time I made it! The main difference is with gelatin it has to be eaten cold. (So I will still have a place in my heart for warm cornstarch-y pudding that I pour over ice cream!) So blessed by you, Erica.

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip, Anna! Now I really want to try that out. I'll put it on my list of possible posts. :)

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