Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe


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.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Photo

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Stacey Mebs
Quick and easy homemade chocolate pudding is silky smooth and perfect for dessert or a snack. Because homemade is always better!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 159.06 kcal


  • 2 Large Egg Yolk
  • 4 Cornstarch
  • 3 Milk 2% or whole
  • 0.75 Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Unsweetened Cocoa Powder Dutch processed
  • 0.25 Salt
  • 2 Pure Vanilla Extract


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 159.06kcalCarbohydrates: 24.38gProtein: 4.5gFat: 2.75gSaturated Fat: 1.25gTrans Fat: 0.75gSodium: 112.91mgFiber: 0.75gSugar: 23.06g
Keyword Chocolate, Desserts, Family Meals and Snacks, Homemade, Lunches, Pudding, Snacks
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