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Delicious Homemade Chocolate Pudding

You wouldn't believen how easy it is to make delicious chocolate pudding at home!

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Sometimes us chocoholics have to break up the routine.

Making delicious homemade chocolate pudding is so easy and you probably already have all the ingredients! Click the image to find out how!
Making delicious homemade chocolate pudding is so easy and you probably already have all the ingredients! Click the image to find out how!

Yes, I love chocolate.  In all its forms.  I love chocolate chips.  I’ve been known to eat baking chocolate squares.  I love drinking chocolate milk.  I make my own chocolate syrup (for chocolate milk, hot chocolate, or dessert topping).  I used to drink waaaay too much hot chocolate (since I’m pregnant, a hot drink is the last thing I want most of the time!).  Chocolate cake disappears faster than, well, white cake.  A delicious (and sooooo bad) snack is a scoop of peanut butter mixed with melted chocolate.  Yum!  Gosh, I could go on and on with all the different forms of chocolate.

But one of my especially favourite chocolate treats has to be pudding!

Growing up I didn’t have pudding very often.  When I did it was always a special occasion (or I begged it off a friend at lunch).

And now that I’m a big girl who does her own grocery shopping . . . I stil don’t buy pudding.   I want to, trust me on that.  However, pudding is a luxury and I cannot just spend willy-nilly on every luxury that comes my way.

Besides, I found a better way!

Have you ever had homemade pudding?  I got my hands on a couple vanilla beans a while back so I experimented with some homemade vanilla pudding, trying to find a recipe that was worthy of using my precious vanilla beans (you know, because they’re expensive and hard to come by in a brick and mortar store).  I ended up not finding a recipe I liked because they all tasted super buttery when I wanted super vanilla-y.

But because of my pudding search I also found out how to make chocolate pudding.  And it turns out it’s cheaper and better for you (maybe “not as bad for you” would be more accurate . . .)!  It’s a win-win!

So without further ado:

How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch:


Visual ingredients list! All you need to make chocolate pudding from scratch (except the salt, because it's hard to show a pinch).

  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cup cocoa
  3. 3 tbsp cornstarch
  4. 1 tsp flour
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 2 cups milk
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Note: I double this recipe when I make it so the pictures may not be in proportion to the above list.

Mix the first five ingredient togther in a saucepan.  I put the cocoa through a sieve to get out any clumps first.

The first 5 dry ingredients labeled in the pot.

Now whisk in half the milk.

Whisk in half of the milk to dissolve the cornstarch.

Whisk in the remaining milk and put on medium heat.  Stir constantly!

Whisk in the remaining milk and stir constantly!

On an element that was just slightly too small for my pot and at medium heat, I could feel it beginning to thicken after 15 minutes and it was fully thick 2 minutes after that.

I keep stirring and leave it on the heat until whisking leaves trails in the pudding.

Keep the heat on and the stirring action up until the whisk leaves trails in the pudding that stick around.

And lastly, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Stir in the last ingredient, vanilla!

You can eat it warm or put it in the fridge to cool.

It will get a skin on top (and really fast too) so if you don’t want that you need to put plastic wrap on top.  Make sure it’s on the surface of the pudding.

Put your pudding in containers and put in the fridge to cool.

This recipe produces about 16oz. Or 32oz if you double the recipe like I do.

Or if you don’t really care about the skin (like me) you can just stir it in before you eat it.  Odds are you won’t even know it’s there.


Enjoy it as-is or add whatever topping your heart desires! I usually have it plain but its fun to add a little extra sometimes. Try coconut, chocolate (or carob!) chips, crushed cookie, etc. The world is your oyster! … I don’t recommend adding oyster.

Enjoy your homemade from-scratch pudding with your favourite topping!

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  • Reply Wendy February 4, 2017 at 10:40

    OK I’m craving that now. How long will that keep in the fridge…in case it doesn’t all get eaten in one go?

    • Reply Jaclyn February 5, 2017 at 03:54

      I’m not sure how long it will last in the fridge, perhaps around the milk’s expiry date? Even doubled, my pudding has never lasted more than 10 days (and that only happened once when I was trying to save some for Hubby!).

  • Reply February 4, 2017 at 21:12

    Wow! I had no idea I could make homemade pudding! Like you, I LOVE chocolate, no matter what it is so I am so excited to try this. Thanks for the great recipe and easy to follow pics!

  • Reply Jenny February 5, 2017 at 20:38

    This looks delicious!! Cooked chocolate pudding is the best! I have incredible memories from my childhood of my grandma making it and then adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was too hot to eat by itself but it was heaven mixed with the ice cream. Yum!

  • Reply Kate A February 6, 2017 at 08:03

    I’ve never tried making homemade pudding, but this sounds like a recipe I could tackle. And who am I kidding? You had me at chocolate!
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  • Reply Clare February 7, 2017 at 03:52

    Hi Jaclyn, this looks really tasty and easy to make too! I hate things that need scales so the fact that this doesn’t need them means I will defo give it a try. I just need cornstarch though it is no something I use in our kitchen! X

  • Reply karla February 10, 2017 at 18:52

    I thought this would be hard, but it doesn’t seem too bad. Maybe even I could do it! Looks creamy and yummy.
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  • Reply Shuaniuqa February 15, 2017 at 11:02

    I didn’t know you could makes homemade pudding. This looks great!

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