Chocolate Pudding…FAST.

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I was the Chocolate Pudding Queen when I was a kid. I could open that box, stir in the milk and get it thick and creamy on the stove in five seconds flat. Or ten minutes…but you get the idea. My sister Kelly was going to college in a nearby town and she would bring her boyfriend, Paul, home with her on the weekends. Paul was a great big brother to me (I’m nine years younger than Kelly). We’d play card games (anyone remember Smear?) and I’d make chocolate pudding. When Paul graduated from college, I drew him a picture and gave him…you guessed it…a box of pudding.

I haven’t bought the boxed stuff in years but I do still love a good chocolate pudding. These days I’ll make it but use a fancy recipe and call it “Chocolate Pots de Creme” with only very high-quality ingredients. But then there are days when I just want a good, creamy, hot, chocolatey pudding – in about five minutes flat. Enter this recipe!

I first came across this recipe at the very beginning of my cooking adventures. And fell in love immediately. It’s perfect for those nights (or afternoons or mornings) when a chocolate craving strikes but you don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen. Plus it’s crazy good!

I also promised you that I’d have not one, not two, but three recipes this week that could easily be converted to lactose-free! And all you have to do to make this one lactose-free is swap out the milk for some that’s lactose-free. 

In the meantime, enjoy this easy, delicious recipe!


  1. Britt says

    Yum! Homemade pudding is so easy, and much tastier. I love to eat the pudding when it's still warm. Reminds me of my gramma, and watching her cook pudding on the stovetop, back before you could buy it already made in the store. :-)

  2. Anna says

    Great homemade treat! I never imagined it can be this quick & easy. I never tracked time before when I make choco pudding. I use my daughter's formula dissolved in water when I first made pudding but it didnt turn out good, I ended up mixing it in her oatmeal (which she eventually finished, anyway). I guess it is skimmed milk for my share and whole/full cream milk for my daughter. Thanks for the post!

  3. Keri Monkman says

    this looks so easy and fantastic… how about storage? how long will it last in the fridge (if there's nobody sneaking in to eat it, that is…)

    • says

      I'm not sure since we've never had any left ;-) I'm sure it would last at least a few days though. If you don't want the "skin" to form on the top just put some plastic wrap directly on the surface once it's done. Have a great day!

  4. Keri Monkman says

    this looks so easy and fantastic… how about storage? how long will it last in the fridge (if there’s nobody sneaking in to eat it, that is…)

  5. Heather says

    I just tried this tonight because I had a terrible craving for chocolate and nothing in the house. It was sooo good. Hit the spot for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Miriam says

    My boyfriend and I both love chocolate, and people keep giving us gifts of exotic cocoas as they know my boyfriend loves to bake. I don't really like to bake so much, so this pudding recipe is perfect for me. I can't wait to make it for desert tonight!

  7. Fiona says

    Maybe a stupid question, but would it be possibly to use arrowroot instead of cornstarch? I just got back from the food store, don't have any cornstarch in the cabinet, and want to make this right now :)

  8. Ruth says

    Perfect timing. I made some chocolate cakes a few days ago, and have a half pound of coca left over. I know what I'm going to do with the rest of it!

  9. Noah says

    This is the most amazing chocolate pudding recipe in town! I am glad that I don’t need to use butter in it and I will never buy packaged pudding anymore. It’s just simply yummy!

  10. Katie says

    My boyfriend would love this. We're both totally addicted to everything chocolate!

    We have all the ingredients right here. I just hope that what comes out of my oven ends up like your chocolate pudding…or even just close to it :)

  11. Joey says

    My girls are coming over and i'm thinking of fixing something sweet and simple for them. i need something that I can just whip up with the ingredients i have at hand and this seems perfect.

  12. Robert LLoyd says

    My daughter is a chocolate pudding Queen too and she had a very pleasant surprise when she came over today. This is simply the most incredible chocolate pudding we have ever had. 5 stars!!

  13. Erin says

    I honestly don’t comment on recipes that often, but this one was just too good to not leave feedback. I used almond milk and made it on the stove over low heat (microwave is currently out of commission), stirring constantly. Ohhh my! Between my boyfriend and myself, the whole pot was gone in less than ten minutes. It’s just so easy, so chocolatey, and so good! Thanks so much for this recipe, I’ll be making it in the future!

  14. Michele says

    Just made this pudding. Very good!!! I love chocolate pudding. I had some evaporated milk left over from another recipe so I used the rest of that and added 2% milk for the 2 cups of milk. I also think that I should have stirred the pudding about half way through because it was hard to get it mixed before cooking. It had some lumps but I stirred most of the lumps out. Good recipe!

  15. says

    I doubled the recipe and reduced the milk by 1/4 of the total and used it to make a chocolate pie. Perfection! Just the right balance of sweet and chocolate. Made a smooth and velvety pie too.

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