Better than the Box Chocolate Pudding

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 26, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

This chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and comes together in less than 10 minutes with just 4 staple ingredients! Made quickly in the microwave, these puddings are rich, decadent and a hit with everyone who tries them!

Chocolate pudding served in two glasses

More often than not, I find baking from scratch to be better than the boxed version – and just as easy. It takes me 5 minutes to whip up a batch of brownies, and I know every ingredient that goes into making them super fudgy and delicious. That’s if I can get the batter into the oven. I’m the worst at tastes!

Chocolate pudding is no exception – did you know that you can make homemade chocolate pudding in just a few minutes with 4 staple ingredients? It’s the perfect cure to last-minute chocolate cravings. I serve this restaurant worthy chocolate pudding with a little salted caramel and whipped cream for good measure.

I love how quick and easy these puddings are to make, and even better there’s no pans to clean up! This is a perfect last minute dessert if you’ve left things to the last minute and if you are serving them to guests they’ll be blown away thinking you’ve spent hours making them.

Whenever we host friends or family for dinner, I always like to serve up individual desserts. I think it really feels as though you have taken time and care…they don’t need to know the truth, that will be our secret! Once you have made the pudding, carefully pour it into glasses to set.

Chocolate pudding served in glasses with two spoons

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder – I use unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe as the sugar means you don’t really need extra sweetness. Use your favorite brand for a delicious chocolaty flavor.
  • Corn Starch – Corn starch is used to thicken up the puddings.
  • Milk – I prefer to use full fat milk for this dessert so that each bite is rich and creamy. Yo can use a lower fat milk if you prefer. I haven’t tried these puddings with a plant based milk but I would suspect they would work just as well.
  • Vanilla – If you haven’t already, make your own vanilla extract, it’s so easy! Otherwise store bought will work just fine.

How To Make This Quick Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  1. Whisk sugar, cocoa and corn starch in a microwave safe bowl. Gradually whisk in milk.
  2. Microwave 3 minutes on high, whisk thoroughly and return for 2 minutes.
  3. Vigorously whisk and return to the microwave for 2 additional minutes.
  4. Whisk in vanilla, chill and serve.

Tips 

  1. Be sure that you use a microwave safe bowl and take care when removing it from the microwave as it will be hot.
  2. Allow at least 2 hours for the chocolate puddings to set in the fridge before serving.
  3. The texture may change slightly, but you can freeze these puddings for up to 3 months. Once they are set, wrap them in foil and place in a freezer bag. Defrost them in the fridge overnight.

Make Ahead

Once you have made these puddings, they will need a couple of hours in the fridge to set. Once they are set, cover them with plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container and they will keep well in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. They are a great make ahead dessert if you are hosting.

Two glasses with chocolate pudding ready to serve

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Better than the Box Chocolate Pudding

Julie Blanner
This chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and comes together in less than 10 minutes with just 4 staple ingredients! Made quickly in the microwave, these puddings are rich, decadent and a hit with everyone who tries them!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 puddings
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tsp corn starch
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Whisk sugar, cocoa and corn starch in a microwave safe bowl. Gradually whisk in milk.
  • Microwave 3 minutes on high, whisk thoroughly and return for 2 minutes.
  • Vigorously whisk and return to the microwave for 2 additional minutes. Whisk in vanilla, chill and serve.

Notes

  • Be sure that you use a microwave safe bowl and take care when removing it from the microwave as it will be hot.
  • Allow at least 2 hours for the chocolate puddings to set in the fridge before serving.
  • The texture may change slightly, but you can freeze these puddings for up to 3 months. Once they are set, wrap them in foil and place in a freezer bag. Defrost them in the fridge overnight.

Nutrition

Calories:385kcalCarbohydrates:81gProtein:11gFat:4gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:12mgSodium:109mgPotassium:582mgFiber:5gSugar:63gVitamin A:463IUCalcium:313mgIron:2mg
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