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chocolate pudding in serving cup topped with whipped cream, grated chocolate, and a strawberry

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Who needs pudding cups when you can make your own chocolate pudding from scratch in under 15 minutes? This pudding is outrageously easy to make! It's creamy, silky, chocolaty, and absolutely delicious!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people (approx.)


  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (35g) cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 & ¼ cups (540mL) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  • In a medium sized sauce pot, combine sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk together until the ingredients are evenly incorporated
    ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar, ¼ cup (35g) cornstarch, ¼ cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Gradually add your milk to the dry ingredients, whisking well after each addition to avoid clumps.
    2 & ¼ cups (540mL) milk
  • Place the pot on your stove top set to medium heat. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it comes to a boil and thickens (about 8 to 10 minutes). You'll know the pudding is done when it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Take the pan off the heat. While the pudding is still warm, add your butter and vanilla. Whisk until the butter melts into the pudding and everything is fully incorporated.
    2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Transfer your pudding to a medium sized, heat safe bowl, and cover with plastic wrap pressed against the surface of the pudding (to prevent a skin). Set aside to cool to your liking before enjoying. Pudding can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold.
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