Classic Chocolate Pudding

This Classic Chocolate Pudding is rich and creamy and will have you thinking back to the days of finding a pudding cup in your lunchbox at school.

  • Author: Marisa Guerra
  • Prep Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert



Chocolate Pudding

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole or 2% milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar


Chocolate Pudding

  1. Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan.
  2. Cook on low heat, gradually streaming in the milk a little at a time and ensuring that the cornstarch does not clump. Continue to cook over low medium heat, whisking occasionally and scraping the sides of the pot as the mixture continues to warm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium heatproof bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and egg yolks.
  4. Once the cocoa mixture on the stove has started to bubble a little, prepare to temper the heavy cream and egg mixture. While constantly whisking the heavy cream mixture, carefully pour in a little of the hot milk mixture to temper it for a few seconds.
  5. Pour all of the mixture back into the saucepan and continue to cook over medium high heat, whisking constantly until the pudding thickens and begins to boil up like hot lava. Be sure to scrape the sides of the pot and keep a close eye on the pudding.
  6. Remove the pudding from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and chocolate.
  7. Transfer pudding to heat safe dishes and cover with plastic wrap by placing the plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to avoid a skin from forming. Chill for at least two hours.

Whipped Cream

  1. Combine heavy cream and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Mix on medium-high with a handheld or stand mixer until somewhat stiff peaks have formed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use and slightly whisk before using if need be.


  1. Once pudding is chilled, top each bowl with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles of your choice.
  2. Enjoy!


Keywords: chocolate, pudding

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