Basic Chocolate Pudding

Denise's Test Kitchen
by Denise's Test Kitchen
6 servings
30 min

Chocolate Pudding was always a special treat in my house. My Mom would make this sweet treat once in a blue moon. And when she did, we all would devour it as soon as we could. Chocolate Pudding is one of the simple pleasures of my childhood. I can remember it like it was yesterday.

Simple ingredients for a big taste

One thing I have learned about making pudding is that it takes some time. Pudding needs to thicken and I sometimes don't get it right. It takes about 18 minutes to thicken. Luckily, I get it right more times than I don't.

The funny thing is that my Family raves about this simple recipe. Like I spent hours in the kitchen making this pudding. And they always ask if we can have it more often. Try it yourself and see!

This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Better Homes and Gardens 17th Edition New Cookbook, .

Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 2/3 cups milk
  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

In a medium heavy saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Gradually stir 1 cup of the milk mixture into egg yolks.
Add egg mixture to milk mixture in saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour pudding into a bowl. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Serve warm or cold (do not stir during chilling). Makes 6 servings.
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