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Easy Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups 1x


Chocolate pudding is a simple chocolate dessert that can be made from scratch with cocoa powder.  Use this old fashioned pudding in a pie, or enjoy it on its own.  Learn how to make this healthy-ish dessert in just a few steps!



  • 3 cups whole milk (710 ml)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (40g)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (33g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional


  1. Heat the milk.  Pour the milk into a heavy-bottomed, 2-quart saucepan and set over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Beat the egg yolks.  Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and sugar with a whisk until pale and thick.  Mix in the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and espresso powder until blended.
  3. Temper the eggs.  As soon as the milk comes to a gentle simmer, remove it from the heat and pour a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture.  Whisk the milk in vigorously, then slowly trickle in the rest of the hot milk, whisking constantly.
  4. Thicken the pudding.  Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, whisking frequently to prevent lumps, and cook until the pudding has thickened.
  5. Strain. Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.  Pour the pudding through a mesh sieve to remove any lumps.
  6. Chill.  You can enjoy the pudding when it’s warm or cold.  If you prefer to have it cold, pour the pudding into a bowl or dish and press a piece of plastic wrap right onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming on its surface.  Chill for at least 2 hours, or until cold, then serve.


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  • Category: Pudding
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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