Homemade Chocolate Pudding – Delicious!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding When my grandma died last year she took most of her recipes with her. I wasn’t smart enough to compile a collection of them and since she didn’t write them down, many of them went to the grave with her. She was not much of a recipe follower anyway. She knew exactly what to add and how much of it she needed. Once while I was visiting her she asked if my son would like some pudding.  I said yes, assuming she had instant pudding on hand. She looked through her cupboards and when she found she had none, she turned to her stove and went to work making pudding from scratch. I remember watching her in amazement as she worked effortlessly and without hesitation to whip up homemade vanilla pudding from memory. I wish I had her recipe for that but I don’t. What I do have is her recipe for homemade chocolate pudding and I share that with you today.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

  • 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 2 cups milk (see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place all dry ingredients together in a saucepan and mix until combined.
  2. Very slowly add in the milk stirring the whole time.
  3. Cook over medium heat while stirring slowly and constantly until mixture thickens and starts to boil. Let the pudding boil for 30-45 seconds while you stir.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour pudding into 3 or 4 dessert cups.
  6. Chill for 4-5 hours or eat warm (I rarely eat this cold. I love to eat it hot.  It is like pure magic.)


  • The instant coffee is not from my grandma’s recipe, but it really brings out the chocolate flavor.
  • I use 2% milk, but have also had success with almond milk and soy milk.
  • Reduce the milk to 1 1/2 cups if using as pie filling.
  • You may have to stir for a while – it is worth the effort.
  • If you cool the pudding, place plastic wrap right on top of it to avoid getting a pudding skin (unless you like that).

Homemade Chocolate PuddingYummy!  I hope you love this homemade chocolate pudding recipe.  Feel free to make it your own by adding peppermint extract, peanut butter chips, or whatever you like.  (Isn’t that much better than all the additives in boxed pudding mix?) Please let me know if you try this recipe. Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. http://Auntie%20Pamela says

    Chocolate pudding is one of my favorite desserts. I cannot wait to try this recipe. Once again, thank you for a recipe that sounds absolutely amazing. LOVE IT!

  2. http://Miz%20Helen says

    Hi Janice,
    Chocolate Pudding is one of my all time favorite comfort dessert's. Your recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! I am your newest follower!

  3. http://Michelle says

    Oh! I'll have to try this! Have you ever varied the amount of sugar? I'm always trying to use less sugar. 2/3 cup sounds like an awful lot! I wonder how low I could go? LOL Thanks so much for sharing! and thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following you now!

  4. http://Michelle says

    Or what about pudding pops in the freezer? Would you be able to put them directly into the freezer instead of the fridge? Yummo!

  5. http://Janice says

    Michelle, I often substitute some Splenda in. I cannot do more than about half Splenda/half sugar or I can really taste it. But up to half, I notice no difference really. 🙂

    The pudding pop idea sounds wonderful!

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    I have heard coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate! Good tip!! This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party – stop by this week and link up!

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  8. http://Brandi says

    I am always looking for a good chocolate pudding recipe. This one looks delish and rather easy to make!

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