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Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding

This Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding recipe is ready in just 15 minutes with just 6 pantry ingredients, including cocoa powder and no eggs needed.

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. I haven’t bought the boxed stuff in years but I do still love good chocolate pudding. But then there are days when I just want a good, creamy, hot, chocolate pudding in about ten minutes flat. That’s when I turn to this Easy Microwave Pudding recipe.

Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding in a white, scalloped dish on a pink napkin

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Quick and Easy to Make – Pudding is typically made on the stovetop but microwave pudding is just as good and ready in 15 minutes. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

So Many Ways to Use – Homemade chocolate pudding can be used for an easy chocolate pie, layered with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a chocolate parfait, or just enjoyed hot with a spoon!

Microwave Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

The main ingredients in chocolate pudding are cocoa powder, whole milk or cream, and sugar. Cornstarch can be used to thicken it and vanilla extract for flavor. A pinch of salt helps bring out the flavors as well. Egg yolks are also sometimes added but not with this recipe.

  • Granulated sugar – The key ingredient to its sweetness.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Natural or Dutch cocoa powder will work but I recommend Dutch if you have it for its milder taste that works just a bit better with pudding. Guittard, Ghirardelli and Valrhona are a couple of brands that make Dutch cocoa. Hershey’s Cocoa is the most common natural cocoa powder you’ll find and will work just fine.
  • Cornstarch – The thickening agent that results in a smooth and creamy pudding.
  • Salt – Draws out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Whole milk – You can use any milk you like without changing the pudding too much but the fat content in whole milk is the best.
  • Vanilla extract – Adds a subtle vanilla flavor to this dessert.

Refer to the microwave pudding recipe card below for the complete ingredients list with measurements.

How to Make Microwave Chocolate Pudding

  1. Combine Ingredients – Combine all the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk until it’s smooth.
  2. Microwave & Whish at Intervals – Microwave for 3 minutes, then whisk it until it’s smooth. Microwave for 2 minutes and whisk again. Continue for 1-minute increments until it’s smooth and thick and stir in the vanilla extract, once ready.

It’s important to whisk your pudding at each microwave interval. Whisk it thoroughly to remove any lumps, then cook it a bit more, then whisk it again. You’ll only need to go through this process 3-4 times and it goes very quickly!

Why did my pudding get lumpy?

Pudding most commonly gets lumpy from eggs that weren’t tempered first, resulting in “cooked” eggs. This can also happen if the mixture isn’t whisked enough during cooking.

How do you keep skin from forming on pudding?

The easiest way to do this is to place a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the pudding as it cools.

What’s the difference between chocolate pudding and chocolate mousse?

Although they’re very similar, chocolate mousse is much lighter in texture. This is achieved by folding whipped egg whites or whipped cream into the chocolate. Chocolate pudding has a creamier texture, too.

Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding in a white, scalloped dish on a pink napkin

Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you think you can't get a rich, smooth chocolate pudding in the microwave, give this recipe a try!


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch if you have it)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the milk until it's smooth.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook uncovered on high for 3 minutes, then whisk it until it's smooth.
  3. Place it back in the microwave for 2 minutes and whisk it again. Continue cooking in 1-minute increments until it's smooth and thick. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Spoon into individual serving dishes and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 31gNet Carbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Saturday 13th of January 2018

This pudding is so good and so easy. Do you have a vanilla pudding equivalent? My husband isn't as much of a chocolate fan as I am!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 18th of January 2018

Hi Abby! I don't but I'll keep it on my list of to-do's and let you know once I post one. So glad you're loving it!


Sunday 19th of November 2017

So, I was feeling slightly disappointed, as by the end of the third minute eat the end, it seemed even more liquid, but when I pulled it out at the end of the fourth minute, I knew it was starting to set! I ended up doing six minutes at the end in a middle wattage range microwave to get the slightly extra firm consistency that I was imagining. It's still slightly too hot for comfortable consumption, but I can't help myself! This is amazing! First time I've been happy about this week's difficulty sleeping! ;) Thank you!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

I'm so glad!! Yeah, it's funny how it will seem like it's not doing anything then all of a sudden it really sets. SO happy you loved it!! Happy Holidays!


Sunday 1st of November 2015

I just made this for tonights dessert. Before I could let it cool down to put in small bowls my husband and nephew had it eaten in a flash of the eye. Sheesh. Warning to you all. Do not make this incredibly good pudding with two guys watching football anywhere near. So now to try another but double recipe. I may eeven get the whipped cream made. Thanks so much!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

That is SO AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing :)


Friday 7th of August 2015

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.

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 10th of August 2015

YUM! You can never go wrong with pie :-)


Friday 17th of April 2015

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!

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

So glad you enjoyed it, Michele!

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