How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

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How to Make Homemade Pudding from Scratch

How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch is that old-fashioned, creamy goodness recipe you’ve been looking for like grandma used to make.  

“When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.” – Regina Brett 

I found this recipe on and it had the most positive feedback, so of course I had to try it.  A lot of chocolate puddings have eggs now – but this recipe is what grandma used to make.  

Pudding makes everything better, don’t you think?  Add the flavor of chocolate and you have the perfect combination of heaven in a bowl.  

This easy homemade chocolate pudding recipe will become a family favorite.  Don’t you just love those type of recipes?  

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Some trivia about chocolate:  

According to Wikipedia, fermented beverages made from chocolate date all the way back to 1900 BC.  It was thought to be a drink that gave a person strength.  

Cacao trees grew up to 60 feet tall in their natural environment, so it was difficult to harvest the trees initially.   

Most of the world’s cacao is produced in Western Africa.  

On average it can take 400 beans to make one pound of chocolate.  

National Chocolate Day is celebrated annually July 7th 

The cacao bean was used by the Aztecs as currency.  I can see why.  

Cadbury company located in England was the first to make the chocolate bar in 1842.  

Milk chocolate was created by Daniel Peter in 1875 in Switzerland.  It took him eight years of experimenting before he was able to make the perfect recipe.  

The largest chocolate festival in the United States is the Northwest Chocolate Festival.  It’s held annually in Seattle, Washington.  There’s fun speaking events like pairing chocolate and coffee, how to make beautiful molded truffles, photographing chocolate, creating fruit chocolate at home, and pairing cheese and chocolate.  These are things we need to know, don’t you think? 

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Here’s How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch: 

Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe 

1/2 cup sugar 

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/4 cup cornstarch 

1/8 teaspoon salt 

2 3/4 cups milk 

2 tablespoons room temperature butter 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

How to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

1) In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt.  

2) Cook over MEDIUM heat, stir in milk.  Bring the pudding mixture to a full boil.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. 

3) Remove pudding from the heat.  Stir in the butter and vanilla.  

4) Let cool.  Chill in the refrigerator until serving.  

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup organic cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, stir together sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Over medium heat, stir in milk. Bring the pudding mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, unil the pudding thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  3. Remove pudding from the heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla until butter dissolves.
  4. Let cool. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Tips for How to Make Homemade Chocolate Pudding: 

1) Make sure you mix the first four dry ingredients well.  I use a whisk to make sure they are properly combined.  This prevents lumps from forming.    

2) You don’t want to cook your pudding on a higher heat than medium.  Don’t hurry the process after it boils, give it 2-3 more minutes to cook, constantly stirring. 

3) For a richer chocolate taste, heap the tablespoons of cocoa powder.  

4) If you want to avoid having the layer of skin that forms at the top of pudding, place a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface of pudding in the bowl.  This prevents the skin.  

5) Let the pudding cool on the counter for 10 minutes or so before putting in the refrigerator.  

6) If you think the pudding is too sweet, reduce sugar to 1/3 cup.  

7) Add the pin I made below to your Pinterest board, so you can refer back to it again and again.  

8) Top pudding with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or chopped up chocolate morsels.  You could also top with shaved white chocolate for a fun presentation.  

9) Use whole milk or 2% milk, otherwise your pudding will be too thin.  

10) If you have a tendency to burn things (like me), use a double boiler instead of placing your saucepan directly on the heat.  

How long does Best Homemade Chocolate Pudding last in the refrigerator?  

Homemade chocolate pudding will last in the fridge for 5-7 days, when properly wrapped.  

What you’ll need to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding: 

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I like to serve pudding in individual ramekins – that way everyone gets their fair share of the pudding before it’s gone.  Here’s a set of 6 porcelain ramekin bowls on Amazon.  

We’ve reached the end of How to Make Chocolate Pudding.  

Let me know in the comments below how you liked the recipe.  

Do you have special memories associated with pudding?  If so, I would love to here about them.  

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Pin this recipe below on your dessert board on Pinterest.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I’m so happy you found us!  

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