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Quick Chocolate Puddings

These puddings are made with both semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder, so they have a rich chocolate flavor without being too sweet.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, September 2004


  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups milk,1/4 cup sugar, and salt to a boil over medium heat.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup milk until smooth.

  3. In a steady stream, whisk cocoa-powder mixture into milk mixture in pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and returned to a boil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Stir to combine.

  4. Divide pudding among six custard cups or small bowls. Cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve puddings with a dollop of whipped cream.

Cook's Notes

If you prefer, spoon the pudding into a medium-size bowl at the beginning of step 4, then serve it right from the bowl.

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