Easy Dark Chocolate Pudding

Here is a simple recipe for chocolate pudding you can make in a flash. My son and my husband were asking me for chocolate last night. Only having some cocoa powder, I started brainstorming on what I could make quickly. I decided to try a pudding and researched a few pudding recipes. I found that most of them, while very good, are pretty complicated. I found the inspiration for this easy recipe from the Hershey website. This was my first making homemade pudding. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. You’ll never go back to those little boxes again after making your own pudding. Its quick, easy, and economical. The only ingredients I changed were to use dark chocolate cocoa instead of regular cocoa and to use an egg yolk instead of butter. I quickly chilled the pudding by putting it in a stainless steel bowl nested inside another stainless steel bowl that was filled about halfway with ice water. This chilled the pudding pretty fast and we ate it at room temperature. I garnished it with some fresh mint that we’re growing in container pots in our courtyard.

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Easy Dark Chocolate Pudding

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2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY'S DARK Cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups milk
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine sugar, coca, cornstarch and salt in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in milk. Add egg yolk. Turn heat to medium and let the mixture come to a boil while whisking very often. Let boil for one minute then remove from heat.

Add vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Refrigerate for 2 hours until chilled.

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  21 Responses to “Easy Dark Chocolate Pudding”

  1. Angie's Recipes — June 2, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    This looks 200% delicious!
    .-= Angie’s Recipes´s last blog ..Sloppy Joe =-.

  2. Kathy Gori — June 2, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    I’ve made this pudding myself, fast easy and great for men who demand chocolate at late hours..something I’m very familiar with
    .-= Kathy Gori´s last blog ..Beans With Something Extra! Plus A Giveaway! =-.

  3. redkathy — June 2, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

    Oh yummy Angie. Can you believe I never made home made chocolate pudding??? I really have to try your recipe, sounds simple and delicious.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Easy Bread Pudding =-.

  4. Monet — June 2, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

    Yeah! I am all about homemade pudding that is simple yet doesn’t come from a box. This looks like a great recipe, and it would go perfectly with some animal crackers!
    .-= Monet´s last blog ..Strawberry Poppyseed Muffins =-.

  5. grace — June 3, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    wow–i had no idea that homemade pudding was so simple to make! i have an irrational fear of the film that forms on pudding, so i rarely make or eat it. 🙂
    .-= grace´s last blog ..and the moola goes to… =-.

  6. MaryMoh — June 3, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Wow…looks thick and very chocolatey. It looks very easy to make. Would be great when I have friends over. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Special Blogger Friend And Gift =-.

  7. Drick — June 3, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    wow, I had forgotten about this, at least one like this one that my grandmother made…. thanks angie….nothing better than homemade goodness
    .-= Drick´s last blog ..Field Peas =-.

  8. 5 Star Foodie — June 4, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Looks heavenly, beautiful presentation!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Caprese Verrines =-.

  9. Cristina — June 4, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    I can’t remember the last time I had pudding, but your presentation is beautiful and now I’m thinking homemade pudding.
    .-= Cristina´s last blog ..Rum-Glazed Shrimp and Mango with Spinach =-.

  10. justcooknyc — June 4, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    easy and chocolate — two of my favorite things

  11. Julia — June 4, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    My husband often ask me for chocolate and I try not to keep it around because well, I will eat it all. But I could whip this up next time he asks, awesome!
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Peanut Butter Mocha Muffins =-.

  12. Magic of Spice — June 4, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    Beautiful picture! Love the recipe too:)
    .-= Magic of Spice´s last blog ..What’s for Dessert – Caramelized Asian Pears with Cayenne Tinged Whipped Cream =-.

  13. Joanne — June 5, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    Homemade pudding is the best! I love that this is dark chocolate AND top with a sprig of mint. So refreshing!
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Bittman’s Sauteed Cauliflower with Feta and Mint =-.

  14. The Chocolate Priestess — June 5, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    See, now my family loved the chocolate mousse I made this past winter but they both hate pudding of any type. I’d give it a try but there’s only so much pudding I can handle. How long will it store without getting watery?
    .-= The Chocolate Priestess´s last blog ..Chocolate Syrup for All of Us =-.

  15. Julie — June 29, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    I blogged about your recipe! So delicious and I can’t wait to add different flavors to the chocolate to make it even more fantastic!


  16. Melodie Walden — November 21, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    I am not overweight. I’m just chocolate-enriched. Thanks for the great post!

  17. Christina M. — June 5, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    I have been trying a variety of Chocolate pudding recipes in search of one that provides a quality chocolate flavor and rich smooth texture. This one was not only the easiest I’ve made, but hot the mark on flavor and texture. I have found my recipe.

  18. isabella j — November 23, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    I cut the sugar in half to 1/3 cup and substituted a full cup of Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate bits for cocoa powder…I added a teaspoon of instant espresso for a lovely deep real chocolate flavor.
    Since Royal Dark N’ Sweet is no longer available I’ve been a chocolate pudding seeker.
    This is better!

  19. ARLINE31Flowers — March 29, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    I opine that to receive the personal loans from creditors you must present a good reason. But, once I have got a secured loan, because I was willing to buy a building.

  20. Susan — December 25, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

    Since Royal stopped making its Dark N’ Sweet Pudding my family holiday desserts simply haven’t been the same. Chocolate Pudding Pie (with real homemade whipped cream) was always a mainstay dessert for the holidays for more than 50 years until Royal made us all weep.

    Well, that changed last night when I made your pudding recipe to fill two Dark Chocolate Pudding Pies – 1 regular pie crust, 1 graham cracker crust – and… Hallelujah!! It was unanimous among all present that your recipe made a pudding that’s spot on in flavor like Royal’s Dark N’ Sweet and you have filled our hearts (and mouths) with joy once again! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Now… if only Sunshine (Keebler) would bring back the Chocolate Nuggets cookies…

    • Angie McGowan — December 27, 2017 @ 10:07 am

      oh yes, Chocolate Nuggets cookies, and thank you!

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