Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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Quick and easy homemade chocolate pudding is silky smooth and perfect for dessert or a snack. Because homemade is always better!

Homemade chocolate pudding. This may just be one of the best treats I've ever made.

But then, I've always loved chocolate pudding. It was one of those things I was always excited to find in my lunch when I was a kid. And yet, I think I've only bought it for my kids twice.

Not sure how I've gone without buying them pudding cups for their lunch — it seems a little wrong really. It was always the best treat. My poor deprived children.

But I made them some! Of course, we ate it all at home in no time at all so they didn't actually get some in their lunch, but I'm thinking that next time I make this homemade chocolate pudding I will portion it in little jars instead of ramekins and then it will be packable for lunch.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Photo

The only problem then will be hiding it from myself in the back of the fridge so that I don't eat it all before the children get any.

Still a favourite of mine, evidently.

I've tried so many recipes for homemade chocolate pudding, and am always disappointed. It never turned out the same as the little pudding cups you can buy. I started wondering if, in the case of chocolate pudding, maybe homemade isn't better. But I refuse to believe that because it can't be true.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Picture

Homemade is always better. That's just a fact.

I had a really hard time finding a recipe for amazing homemade chocolate pudding though.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Image

This is that recipe. It's easy, it's fast, it doesn't use up your life savings in fancy chocolate to make it (just cocoa powder — yay!), and the taste and texture is perfect.

Plus it thickens up beautifully and easily without stirring it on the stove for an eternity - and I have the worst luck at thickening things so if it's easy for me, anyone can do it!

This homemade chocolate pudding is perfect. Because homemade is always better.

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 4 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 cups Milk, 2% or whole
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Dutch processed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together with the cornstarch and 1/2 cup of the milk until they are completely combined, with no lumps remaining. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, combine the remaining 2 1/2 cups of milk, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Heat until it is just about to a boil, whisking constantly. You will see steam rising off the liquid, and tiny bubbles forming around the edges.
  3. Remove the liquid from the heat, and slowly pour it into the bowl with the egg yolk and cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and bring it to a full boil over medium high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the pudding into individual ramekins, or a large bowl, and cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Author: Stacey Mebs
Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 22
Calories 159

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 113mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 23g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!

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