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Chocolate Pudding from Scratch
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Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

This homemade, creamy, dark chocolate pudding recipe is just the best. Thick, flavorful chocolate pudding made from scratch in just 15 minutes.

Chocolate Pudding from Scratch
Say by-by to store-bought pudding. This chocolate pudding recipe is delicious, creamy, thick, and rich in flavor. It's so good that you won't even think of buying pudding again. Also, the preparation is as easy as it gets. You will only need a saucepan and a small bowl (for eggs and milk). We prefer dark chocolate puddings, but making this treat with milk chocolate will be just as delicious. You can cool the pudding quickly in a freezer, which will take about 15 minutes, or slowly in a fridge overnight or for at least 45 minutes. We also added a serving idea which is absolutely perfect for cold fall and winter days.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding from Scratch Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Pudding is simply delicious and we have been using this recipe for years. This recipe has also been on our blog for years already, but it deserved a little upgrade and new photos. The chocolate pudding is:

  • deeply chocolatey
  • creamy, thick, and incredibly rich in flavor 
  • with a subtle cinnamon aroma that makes this pudding perfect for cold autumn and winter days
  • best to serve this pudding cold, we actually prefer serving it the next day
  • this recipe is incredibly easy, and the preparation takes about 10 minutes in total
  • even though it's easy to make, the pudding is fancy enough to serve for holidays and celebrations
  • best to serve it with whipped cream and/or honey-poached pears

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

Dry ingredients for Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Wet and Dry Ingredients for Chocolate Pudding

How to make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Making Chocolate Pudding from Scratch is super simple and easy. I would even say that it's way easier to make this pudding than the one from the bag. This is how we make it:

  1. Add dry ingredients to the saucepan, then add the wet ingredients and stir to combine
  2. Place the saucepan over high heat and add the butter
  3. While stirring, bring to a boil
  4. Add your favorite chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts
  5. Divide the chocolate pudding between four bowls
  6. Cool and serve

Cooking chocolate pudding

Adding butter to the chocolate pudding mixture

Adding cinnamon sugar to the chocolate pudding mixture

Adding chocolate to the pudding

Pouring hot chocolate pudding into bowls

homemade, creamy, dark chocolate pudding recipe

How to serve homemade chocolate pudding

Feel free to leave this chocolate pudding as is, without adding any toppings. However, we like to put in that extra minute. We love serving the pudding with:

  • honey pears (check the recipe in the blog post)
  • a generous dollop of whipped cream
  • grated chocolate
  • chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and pistachios 
  • cocoa nibs

While cooking the pudding, feel free to add a tablespoon of your favorite liqueur. We love coconut Malibu, so we occasionally add a tablespoon while cooking the pudding. The alcohol will evaporate, but the flavor will stay.

Also, feel free to experiment with different sugar flavors. We love the cinnamon sugar from Kotanyi and orange sugar too. So good and perfect for the holidays.

This homemade, creamy, dark chocolate pudding

Creamy Dark Chocolate Pudding

How to store chocolate pudding

Before serving, chill the pudding until completely cold. To prevent a film or "skin" forming on top of the pudding as it cools press a piece of plastic wrap on top of the pudding. Place in the fridge for 45 minutes, or overnight or place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Store the chocolate pudding in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

creamy, dark chocolate pudding recipe

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Thanks to Kotanyi Slovenija for all the amazing spices that we adore and make our dishes richer. All the opinions are ours, and we only share our honest opinion and recommendation for great products that we actually use.

Lets get cooking!

  • serves
  • preparation:
  • rest time:
    15 - 45
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  • Chocolate Pudding ingredients

    In a saucepan, stir to combine all the dry ingredients (sugar, salt, ground cinnamon, corn starch, and cocoa powder). In a separate bowl, whisk to combine milk and the egg yolks. Pour the milk mixture into the saucepan with the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

  • Cook the pudding

    Place the saucepan with the pudding mixture over high heat, add the butter cut into cubes, and whisk until the butter melts. Mix thoroughly using a whisk, especially on the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a minute, whisking the mixture constantly until it's thick and delicious. Remove from the heat.

  • Add the chocolate

    Add the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and continue to whisk until the chocolate melts completely. Divide the chocolate pudding between four serving bowls. To prevent a film or "skin" forming on top of the pudding as it cools press a piece of plastic wrap on top of the pudding. Place in the fridge for 45 minutes, or overnight or place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

  • serving idea (optional)

    Cut the pears in half and remove the seeds using a spoon. Add the pears to a pan with the cut-side down and place the pan over medium heat. Add the honey. Cook for 3 minutes while coating the pears in honey with a spoon while cooking. Remove from the heat and let the pears cool completely.

  • Serve

    When the chocolate pudding is chilled, remove the plastic wrap, and optionally serve with pears or whipped cream. Keep chilled in the fridge for up to 2 - 3 days.


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