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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Learn how to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding from scratch! This recipe uses staple ingredients to whip up this simple sweet treat and just a few minutes of your day. You can take one more item off your grocery list!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Chilling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pudding
Servings: 4
Calories: 228kcal



  • Mix the dry ingredients: Whisk the cornstarch, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil: Whisk the milk, cold, into the saucepan. Turn the heat onto medium. Continue to whisk constantly making sure to scrape the sides of the pot, until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Thicken: Continue to whisk while the pudding boils for 1 minute, then remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the butter and the vanilla until the butter melts. Divide the pudding into 2 heat safe bowls or glasses. Take 2 sheets of plastic wrap and cover the pudding, pressing the plastic wrap against the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin.
  • Set: Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until chilled and set.



  1. I suggest storing your pudding with plastic wrap pressed against the surface of your pudding. This will keep leftovers fresh for as long as possible without forming a skin. Your pudding will last up to 7 days refrigerated.
  2. I don't suggest freezing your pudding. This will affect the texture after it thaws and will become much softer. This recipe is best enjoyed fresh!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg