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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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You can’t go wrong with this homemade chocolate pudding recipe. It is super decadent, with a super rich chocolate flavor, and really creamy, sure to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Growing up we always had the instant pudding whenever we ate pudding. It was quick, easy, and cheap to make, and I thought it was delicious. We made these fun Worms in Dirt desserts and just ate them plain.

Then I discovered how to make homemade chocolate pudding from Hershey’s from scratch, and my eyes were opened. The process is very similar to this easy vanilla pudding, and the taste is phenomenal. It is so much better than the box mix from the grocery store. If you are a pudding fan, you have got to try this out. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Gather the ingredients

Several pudding ingredients in glass bowls on a wooden table.

To make this incredible homemade chocolate pudding recipe from scratch you need just a handful of easy-to-find simple ingredients, you may already have all the ingredients currently in the house:

  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Not the kind of Instant chocolate milk powder. Natural cocoa powder and dutch-processed cocoa powder work great.
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Milk – I always use whole milk, but other milk will work as well, like coconut milk, almond milk, etc.
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract

NOTE: There are no eggs or egg yolks in this recipe.


  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon or Silicone Spoon
  • Whisk
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bowls

How to make easy homemade chocolate pudding

Chocolate pudding dry ingredients whisked together in a medium pot on a wooden table.

Begin by adding all of your dry ingredients to a medium sauce pot. Combine sugar (sometimes considered a wet ingredient), cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Use a whisk and whisk the ingredients together really well. You could also use a sifter if you like.

Don’t skip this step, cocoa powder tends to get lumpy, and it is important to get the lumps out.

Milk added the the chocolate pudding dry ingredients in a medium sauce pot

Now slowly pour in the milk and whisk and stir it in. I usually do about a third of a cup at a time.

Chocolate pudding in a pot on a stovetop.

Place the pot of ingredients on the stovetop and set the temp to medium heat. Stir the pudding mixture continually while heating up. Heat it until it starts to bubble, once it does, allow it to cook for 1 more minute, stirring continually. Then remove it from the heat.

Butter added to a pot of hot chocolate pudding

While still hot, add the butter and the vanilla extract to the creamy chocolate pudding and stir them in.

Homemade chocolate pudding in a white bowl

Scoop the homemade chocolate pudding into your serving bowls or other individual serving dishes. Allow it to cool for a bit and then cover the bowls with a piece of plastic wrap or silicone lids which will prevent skin from forming on the surface of the pudding. Chill in the fridge for a few hours or you can always serve it while warm. I prefer my pudding cold.

After the pudding has chilled, remove the plastic and serve it up. Maybe add a dollop of whipped cream if you like to the top of the pudding, or use it in another recipe. For example, you can fold this with whipped cream to make a super delicious pastry cream for filling pastries, donuts, eclairs, etc., or use it as the filling for a chocolate pie. Enjoy!

How long does homemade chocolate pudding last?

If stored covered in the fridge in its individual bowl or an airtight container the pudding will last 6 to 7 days. Of course, I doubt it will last that long, it is so yummy!

Can I make chocolate pudding without cocoa powder and use chocolate chips?

Yes! You sure can make it without cocoa powder. Reduce the amount of sugar added to 1/4 cup and then use 2/3 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. Start with the milk, sugar, and cornstarch and heat until it starts to thicken, then add the chocolate chips and stir until melted, and heat another minute or two. Next, remove it from the heat and add the butter and vanilla extract.

Can I make chocolate pudding with chocolate chips or a chocolate bar instead of cocoa powder?

Yes, you sure can. Also, you won’t need the butter either because the chocolate already has fat in it. Start with 1/3 cup of white sugar 3 Tbsp of cornstarch, and 2 1/4 cups of milk. Heat until melted and it thickens, then add 2/3 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips a pinch of salt, and the vanilla extract, stir until melted, then remove from the heat and proceed from there.

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

If you are a pudding lover, then you have got to try making this homemade chocolate pudding from scratch. It is so much better than instant pudding. And it is super easy to make. If I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine: American, Canadian, German
Keyword: cocoa powder, creamy, milk, smooth
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Medium Pot
  • Wooden spoon or Silicone Spoon
  • Whisk
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bowls


  • 2/3 cup of white granulated sugar 130g
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 25g
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch 22g
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt 1g
  • 2-1/4 cups milk whole, 2%, 1% (562 ml)
  • 2 Tbsp butter 28g
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5ml


  • Add the sugar, salt, cornstarch, and unsweetened cocoa powder to a medium pot and whisk those ingredients together.
  • Next, pour the milk in a third of it at a time and stir and whisk it in until all combined.
  • Place the pot on the stovetop burner, use medium heat. Stir the pudding and heat it up until it starts to bubble. Once it bubbles keep stirring and cooking it for 1 minute then remove it from the heat.
  • Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir them in until well combined. Allow the pudding to cool for a few minutes and then scoop it into individual bowls. Serve the pudding warm, or allow it to cool to room temp and then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Remove the chocolate pudding from the fridge, serve as is, or use it in a recipe, or top it off with some whipped cream. Enjoy!


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Calories: 260kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made similar recipes for cooked chocolate pudding using eggs instead of cornstarch for the thickener. This recipe is by far smoother and more delicious! The only problem is, the pudding is completely devoured before it has a chance to cool in the fridge! Someone please hide it from me!

  2. 5 stars
    absolutely delicious! I’ve made this one twice and the vanilla as well 🙂 super easy to make and tastes amazing, so happy I don’t think I’ll ever make boxed again

  3. 5 stars
    Easy, fast and yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Easy and GREAT tasting. This recipe only made 3 servings though (American size servings, lol) so keep that in mind!

  5. 5 stars
    I used Drambuie instead of vanilla and I added a handful of milk chocolate chips with the butter and Drambuie after I removed it from the heat. Absolutely delicious. I was suspicious because most call for egg yolks and/or eggs.

  6. I absolutely love this recipe! I used half the amount of sugar and it was perfect for my taste. I also used dutch processed cocoa. It turned out very smooth and chocolaty. What a great comfort dessert. So delicious when its still warm. It’s in my list of goto recipes. Thanks Matt! ❤

  7. 5 stars
    super yummy! it’s cooling off right now but it’s setting up really well and tastes delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious as ever. And SO much better than boxed mix. Who knew this would be so easy!

  9. 5 stars
    Definitely better than instant pudding and just as easy to make!

  10. 5 stars
    Looks SO good. Can’t wait to try this one!

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