Chocolate Pudding

For many folks, dessert is the best part of the meal. Personally I’m not a huge dessert gal which I have been told many times makes me crazy! But every now and then I am struck with a need for sweet. One of my favorite ways to mee that need is a big helping of chocolate pudding with whipped cream and crushed Oreos on the top. Yum!

I always used the boxed instant pudding before but one day got to wondering how hard homemade could be. I searched online and in cookbooks, found a pudding recipe I thought sounded good, did some tweaks and found that it is not much more time or labor intensive than the box and tastes out of this world! As an added bonus, most of the ingredients for it were in my pantry already.

Pair this up with my suggessted toppers or any other tasty items you want. It is also great on it's own, eaten out of the fridge secretly so nobody else can have any! I'm only kidding, this is a dish you will love to share with your people. Now go make some pudding magic happen!

Chocolate Pudding

Makes 6 1/2 cup servings | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 4 hours 30 mins |

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's but any brand of unsweetened cocoa powder will work)
  • 1 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk (I used 2% but whole can be used-any lower fat milk will slightly alter the flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (use pure if you have it but imitation will work though it may have a sligtly different flavor)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt and mix well.
  2. Slowly add milk and mix well until well blended.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  4. When the mixture comes to a boil continue to stir and allow it to boil for one minute.
  5. Remove the pudding from heat and add the butter and vanilla, mixing this in well until the butter has melted.
  6. Pour into heat safe container and chill for 4-6 hours before serving (if you can wait that long!)

Enjoy! Good food, good people, a sweet ending what more could you ask for? Now pass the pudding and dig in!