Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding

You only have to look at the long list of ingredients on a box of pudding mix to know why I make my own. It just takes a few ingredients (and about 5 minutes) and it tastes a lot richer than you think. No junk, no chemicals, and it contains calcium for strong bones. Try this once and you’ll never go back to the box. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Chocolate Pudding


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch process is best)
  • 2 cups milk (works with low fat or whole milk)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder.
  2. In a measuring cup, combine the milk & egg yolk.
  3. Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the dry mixture and combine well until there are no lumps.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a gentle boil. If desired, add a 1-inch piece of dark chocolate.
  5. Once it boils it will thicken in less than a minute so keep stirring until it’s thick.
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Pour into serving cups and serve warm or refrigerate.

Chocolate Pudding

51 Comments on "Chocolate Pudding"

  1. Joan

    Absolutely love all of your recipes. Every recipe I’ve made has been a hit. I bought your cookbook. It’s a beautiful book with great pictures and directions.
    Thank you for all of your delicious, and healthy recipes.

  2. Darcy

    This turned out great, but my cinnamon rolls failed terribly. I will not attempt them again. I tried the donuts they were not that good either. Will try Ziti it’s looks like the way I made it off the net before. Love lemon pie so I try that.

  3. Diana Reiman

    Love, love, love your amazingly easy recipes!
    Have made so many of them. Just cannot THANK YOU enough for your amazing easy step creations. I have back problems and cannot stand for long periods of time. Although I love to cook as well as bake, I am just not capable anymore. Your quick and delicious recipes are a lifesaver. I am now able to prepare anything without losing quality or taste. Keep your great recipes coming. I eagerly await new recipes.
    Happy cooking and baking…

    • Darcy

      Get a high stool. I have one at my little island saves me from standing.

  4. Pam

    I printed out the recipe, but the printable version has the title wrong as “Tapioca Pudding.” I’m going to try it tonight. Thanks for your great recipes, Jenny.

  5. Pat

    Made this chocolate pudding yesterday.

    It is the BEST chocolate pudding I have EVER tasted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. D. Lynn Carmichael (aka Danusia)

    Nice template recipe.
    For those who are egg sensitive/averse, this pudding sets up just fine without it.
    I don’t use refined white sugar, used an organic cane (Turbinado) instead, and less of it than called for. Added some pieces of a dark Dove bar that melted in well. Layered the pudding with banana slices. Was very tasty warm, should be really good chilled.
    So many variations possible.

  7. David F

    Questioning why the egg had to be separated, I made this with a whole egg, and it worked, with no apparent drawback. Perhaps it’s time to challenge the practice of separating the yolk when there’s no compelling need to do so?

  8. Catherine

    Great recipe Jenny. For those people who do not like a “skin” on their pudding just press a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface before chilling.Hope you are having a great day!

  9. Marj

    I have a similar recipe called Chocolate Blancmange, and it was my favourite dessert as a child. It had coconut sprinkled on the top which really adds a nice taste and texture to the top layer.

  10. Wanda

    For some reason I could not print the Chocolate Pudding recipe. When I hit the print button it came up blank,


    • Jenny

      I assume you are using a desktop computer. For some reason, in some browsers (like Google Chrome), the “print menu window” appears to load faster than the actual recipe page you’re trying to print. The workaround we’ve used is to close the print window and then either wait for the recipe page to load or refresh it, and then print via the Chrome browser menu – File > Print. I hope this helps.

      • Shirley B.

        if you will highlight the recipe and then place your cursor into the middle of the recipe and right click your mouse it will pop up to print. That’s how I print out her recipes. Hope this helps.

  11. Beth

    I’m going to make this choc. pudding and put it in your pie shell recipe that has been baked and cooled. Chill it and top it with homemade whipped cream. And some shavings of choc. 🙂 All is so good! Thank you Jenny.

  12. Zelka

    I am never enjoyed baking until I found you Jenny.. Have made your oven bake paczki donuts and cinnamon roll. They have been a big hit with all my family and friends. I am going to make the chocolate pudding and no knead bread today. Love you and your videos xxxx just amazing!!!

  13. Artie C

    Thanks for a very good chocolate pudding, only tasted the pudding left in the pan, and it was soooo good!

  14. Johanna

    Isn’t eating raw egg bad? If so what can I substitute for egg yolk??

    • Jenny

      Eating raw egg is not a good idea but the egg in this recipe is cooked. As the egg yolk cooks on the stove, it’s what helps thicken the pudding.

  15. Betty

    Hi Jenny, I am new to your site and love it. I was wondering when you have 1% milk in your recipes if you can substitute skim milk instead.


    • Jenny

      I never use skim milk so I can’t say for sure where it would work so you would have to try. Most times I count on the small amount of fat in 1% milk in my recipes so with this pudding, you would probably need more cornstarch.

  16. Alexis

    This seems so easy! I have a lunch to go to tomorrow! Is it possible for me to double or triple this recipe to make more servings

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry I missed your question but I was away for a couple of days. Did you double/triple and how did it go?

  17. Sylvia

    Can I use a whole egg?

    • Jenny

      I have never used whole eggs so I don’t know how my recipe would work if you change it, but I know there are other recipes that use whole eggs so you might be better to try one that’s proven using whole eggs.

  18. Sarah

    I would like to make almond pudding for my daughter. Can I substitute cornstarch with almond powdered? Thank you in advance!

    • Jenny

      No, you need the cornstarch because that is what thickens the pudding. You could try using my recipe but adding almond extract instead of vanilla.

  19. Nazli

    OMG i love your recipe i’ll try it bacause it so easy

  20. Terry

    Thank you Jenny. I just made your recipe and it came out beautifully, even though I messed-up and put the whole egg in. Did not realize until it was cooking. I kept cooking and stirring and it thickened right up. I added a quarter teaspoon of instant espresso powder to make it mocha flavored Next time, I will try adding some orange extract because I love chocolate and orange together.
    When I was in elementary school, back in the 60’s, the cafeteria ladies made warm pudding. Sometimes they put sliced bananas in the vanilla pudding and it was a special treat for me. Bananas were not in my family’s budget, so it was rare to have them.
    Blessings to you!

  21. khabirah

    Just made this and it came out okay. I think I’ll add more chocolate next time.

  22. mia

    I loved this recipe. Could u please do a video on how to make homemade ice cream without a machine. It would be very kind of you if you did. Thank you

  23. Kasey

    I made this on the weekend and it turned out perfect. I added some peppermint extract to mine as well as the vanilla in the recipe and YUM…chocolate mint pudding!

  24. khabirah

    Hi, I made the granola recipe and my family loved it! But now I want to try something a little different. I have always used the instant puddings and have been curious about making puddings from scratch, but I have always been concerned about the egg. This may sound silly, as I am a beginner cook, but I’m not sure if the egg is cooked all the way. Does it need to reach a certain temperature; is salmonella an issue?

    • Jenny

      It’s not a silly question because uncooked eggs are not always safe to eat. But this pudding boils on the stove for about a minute (with the egg yolk) and that’s plenty of time to cook the egg yolk. In fact, it’s the cooking of the yolk that helps thicken the pudding. If it wasn’t cooked, the pudding would not thicken properly. Maybe watching my video would give you peace of mind when you see the bubbling mixture on the stove. Try the pudding. If you’ve been having packaged pudding, I think you will find that homemade is a lot better.

      • khabirah

        I watched the video, but I’ll still try it. Thanks for the response.

  25. Nancy


    My husband had never had chocolate pudding made from scratch until last night. He loved it. I will be making it again, soon. 🙂
    Do you have a recipe for vanilla pudding?

    Thank You,


  26. Nancy

    Your chocolate pudding is the best I’ve had. This will be my only go to chocolate pudding recipe.
    Thank you for all you do. 🙂

  27. sandra

    I have to thank you for this pudding recipe it was so easy to make and omg so delicious,Thank you very much jenny.

  28. Raneem

    Hi Jenny, This pudding is amazingly delicious , I made a doubled batch of it tonight because everyone loved it, thank you for sharing this ammazig recipe .

  29. Sofia

    Hi Jenny! I’m nine and I live in the Philippines and I love your recipes! I did the Chocolate Pudding. It was fantastic!

  30. TheKamiLeafs

    the chocolate pudding tastes amasing!

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  32. K.L.

    I just made this this afternoon and instead of 1% milk I used Silk Almond Milk. I had some warm and some cold and it’s the best pudding I’ve ever had.

  33. JuJu

    So easy and so good. Family favorite!

  34. gen1234x

    thank you! i just made it and it was delicious 🙂

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  36. Pat M.

    I made your chocolate pudding and my husband is definitely addicted to it!! I’m afraid I’ll have that problem with your granola recipe. I made it today and just love it. I also made the rasberry pudding from your cookbook and found it delicious too.

  37. Nancy B.

    I must tell you, I found your site by accident when I googled low fat chocolate pudding and yours came up. I just made it today and it’s absolutely delicious! I am so excited to try all of your other recipes, and look forward to the home made tortillas tonight. We moved to the Dominican Republic from Florida last year and we eat everything in tortillas. Thank you so much!

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