Easy Chocolate Pudding

Photo: John Kernick
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins

Everyone loves chocolate pudding and this easy recipe will put you off box mixes forever.


  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium heatproof bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, and egg yolks; add to saucepan.

  2. Whisking constantly, cook over medium-high until mixture thickens and is bubbling, 8 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking, 1 minute.

  3. Remove pan from heat and pour mixture through sieve into bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla until combined.

  4. Press plastic wrap directly against surface of pudding to prevent skin from forming and refrigerate 3 hours (or up to 3 days). To serve, whisk until smooth and divide among four small bowls.

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