Treat yourself to some Homemade Chocolate Pudding tonight!
Chocolate lovers, this recipe is for you! I grew up eating both Instant and Cook and Serve Jell-O pudding, the Cook and Serve I considered to be the better tasting of the two. But I wondered recently if homemade pudding would be superior tasting? After all, I could use a high quality chocolate to make it. Heck, I wondered, “How do you even make homemade pudding?” Well it turns out it’s a lot simpler than I thought!
How to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding
You’ll start by creating a dry mix that is very similar to what you would purchase at the grocery store- a mixture of dutch processed cocoa, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Dutched cocoa has much of the bitterness of natural cocoa removed, and has a sweeter, deeper taste that most taste testers prefer over regular cocoa.
Next, whisk in some eggs, heavy cream and milk, and bring the mixture to a full boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Once the mixture has boiled for about 30 seconds, remove from the heat and whisk in small chunks of butter and chopped high quality baking chocolate (Like Ghiradelli, Guittard or Callebaut, etc.) until completely melted. Whisk in a bit of vanilla extract to give your Homemade Chocolate Pudding a bit more complexity and sweetness.
Cover the top with plastic wrap (pressed onto the surface) and let it cool for a couple hours IF you like your pudding cold. I may be weird, but I prefer my pudding HOT with a scoop of chilled Cool Whip. I absolutely love the contrast of hot and cold in my mouth at the same time! I also love hot fudge sundaes and warm brownies with ice cream for exactly this same reason :0)
It was a special day when my mom would serve us a hot bowl of Cook and Serve chocolate pudding with the Cool Whip on top for dessert. That brings back fond memories for me. It was often on a movie night, where we’d sit and watch a special on TV with our warm puddings in hand. Am I the only one who likes to eat it this way??? My husband thinks I’m so weird!
Hot or Cold, Homemade Chocolate pudding is a decadent treat that you (yes, I’m talking to you chocolate lover) should make when you really want to pamper yourself and indulge in a delicious dessert. You will not regret making this one bit. Enjoy and please rate and review this recipe to be helpful for other readers, Thanks!Print