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Chocolate Lovers Pudding

If you love chocolate, you’ll get your fix with this easy stovetop dessert pudding made with cocoa, milk and sugar. Top it off with some fresh whipped cream. | Share

Updated 2/28/2023

It’s a shame how years of marketing have programmed us to abandon traditions of cooking even the simplest foods from scratch.  Marketing pitches for time saving products have actually deprived us of so many wonderful natural and wholesome flavours while exposing us to lots of unpronounceable chemical compounds. Just forget those instant cake and pudding mixes and get back to basics.  You will be surprised at how well you can cook from scratch by just following this simple recipe.  The proof is in the pudding!

Health benefits of natural cocoa

You’ll be using pure and natural cocoa powder to make this recipe. It’s made from the beans of the cacoa tree. A cold pressing of the bean produces raw cacao that is turned into a powder. Ancient cultures like the Mayans and Aztecs realized the medicinal qualities of cacoa. And recently, studies have confirmed a number of health benefits to consuming cacoa on a regular basis.

cacao powder
Pure natural cocao powder

Cold-pressing unroasted cacao makes raw cacao, which has gained a reputation as a “superfood” due to its high amount of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

Health Benefits of Cacao Powder – WebMD

The possible health benefits to consuming flavanol rich cacoa include improved blood flow and lowered blood pressure. It may also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. For chocolate lovers, it’s fair to say that the simple enjoyment of this treat helps to reduce stress.

Tips for making homemade pudding

You should yield four, roughly half-cup servings. It may take from 10 to 20 minutes for the pudding to thicken.  This mostly depends on the fat content of the milk used, ie. 1%, 2% or whole milk. For a sweeter richer flavoured pudding add ¼ to ½ cup more sugar and 2 to 4 tbsp more butter. Place plastic cling wrap directly over the pudding to prevent a skin from forming while in the refrigerator.

You can prepare the whipped cream in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve the pudding.  Garnish with the whipped cream just before serving the pudding.  

This pudding may also be used as the filing for chocolate pie. You can even use the same topping on the pie.

chocolate pudding

Chocolate Lovers Pudding

Kevin Lamoureux
If you love chocolate, you’ll get your fix with this easy stovetop dessert pudding made with cocoa, milk and sugar. Top it off with some fresh whipped cream.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 473 kcal



  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup pure cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • ¼ cup shaved solid chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream (35% milk fat)
  • 1 tsp icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla



  • Add the dry ingredients to a medium saucepan. Mix with a whisk.
  • Stir in the milk gradually and cook on medium heat. Stir constantly until the pudding starts to boil.
  • Continue to stir for 1 minute as the pudding boils.
  • Remove from the heat, add the butter and vanilla and stir until the butter has melted.
  • Transfer to serving dishes and refrigerate for at least two hours.


  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave off chocolate from a solid bar of chocolate. I prefer to shave from a block of good quality dark chocolate. Set aside.
  • Chill a medium-sized glass mixing bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If you are rushed for time and haven't chilled the bowl, you could put some ice into a saucepan, (about ¼ full) then set the mixing bowl inside the saucepan.
  • Add the cream to the bowl and mix the cream with a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer on the high setting for about 5 minutes or until the cream has thickened.
  • Mix in the icing sugar and vanilla and add a dollop on top of each pudding bowl, garnish with the shaved chocolate and serve.


A maraschino cherry on the top of each serving works as an optional garnish.
Per serving
Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Iron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate, homemade, Pudding

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