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Homemade Chocolate Pudding requires just 5 ingredients to make the most decadent, luscious pudding you have ever had!

Chocolate Pudding in a glass dish topped with whipped cream.

You might be picturing those little prepackaged cups you can throw into your lunch, but chocolate pudding can be so much more! Thicker and creamier than a mousse, chocolate pudding is just as decedent and rich. When you make this chocolate pudding recipe, you will get an idea of how fancy pudding can be. Family dessert, party dessert or romantic dessert—any which way you cut it, this from-scratch perfect pudding is sure to please!

This dessert features a butter and cornstarch base, with heavy cream, sugar and chocolate chips melted together in a saucepan, then cooled for an hour in the refrigerator. Voila! It only takes a few minutes to make and a whole lot of patience to wait for it to set before you can savor it. But guess what? It’s worth the wait!

  • Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?

    Yes. We much prefer the heavy whipping cream for both taste and texture, but it is possible to use whole milk instead. If you choose to use whole milk, increase the cornstarch to two full tablespoons.

  • Can I use baker’s chocolate instead of chocolate chips?

    Swapping the chocolate chips out will change the texture and taste of this pudding. You can do it, but we recommend the chocolate chips. If you choose to use baker’s chocolate, substitute the chocolate chips for 6 ounces of baker’s chocolate. Increase the sugar to half a cup and the butter to three tablespoons.

  • Can chocolate pudding be made into a pie?

    Yes! This pudding is wonderful as a chocolate pie. You will want to double the recipe if you are filling a 9 inch pie plate that is one and a half inches deep or deeper. You can also just prepare the recipe as directed and add a layer of whipped cream.

PRO TIP: When it comes to heating milk or cream, gentle and slow is the way to go. If milk or cream gets too much heat, or heats to quickly it can scorch. Stirring constantly helps prevent scorching because it keeps the liquid flowing so that none of it should be touching the sides of the pan long enough for scorching to occur.

Bird's eye view of a spoon drizzling Chocolate Pudding in a glass dish full of chocolate pudding.

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Bird's eye view of a spoon drizzling Chocolate Pudding in a glass dish full of chocolate pudding.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding requires just 5 ingredients to make the most decadent, luscious pudding you’ve ever had!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once completely melted, add in the cornstarch and whisk until cornstarch is well combined. Let cook 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the heavy cream and sugar. Stir continually while slowly increasing the heat to medium-high.
  • When the cream thickens and starts to simmer, immediately remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips until completely melted. Pour into serving glasses or a bowl.
  • Cover and let cool in the refrigerator until and serve when completely cooled and set, at least 1 hour.
While the pudding is cooling, place plastic wrap directly onto the top of the pudding in order to prevent a skin from forming. The plastic wrap should touch the top of the pudding directly. 


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 777kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1945IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pudding
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February 5, 2015 7:54 pm

Nothing better than homemade pudding!

February 5, 2015 4:42 pm

So much better than a package any day! Perfect recipe to have on hand.

Terri Morgan
June 27, 2020 4:23 pm

5 stars
I made this recipe with light coconut milk because my daughter cannot eat dairy – it is so delicious.

February 5, 2015 4:06 pm

Oh yum! This pudding looks so rich and creamy. The hubby loves pudding. I should make him for our Valentine's dinner.

February 12, 2013 11:18 pm

I could so eat this right now. Looks and sounds delicious!

November 2, 2020 9:58 am

5 stars
This was the first time ever for making pudding. It is delicious although very thick, reminds me of ganache! but so good. Do you think I kept on stove too long to let it thicken? Thanks

Marjorie joffee
May 31, 2020 3:40 pm

5 stars

Anne MacGregor
October 24, 2019 1:17 pm

5 stars
Oh my goodness! Wow! Love this pudding. So easy to make and so yummy!!! Thank you.

February 6, 2015 3:17 am

Mmm, homemade chocolate pudding is the best! It looks delicious!

February 5, 2015 9:30 pm

Love this version of chocolate pudding – and even better, your cooking lesson. I might try this with bittersweet chocolate or a semi and bittersweet combination. Been loving "less sweet" chocolate.

February 5, 2015 8:09 pm

Looks beautiful, and indulging in homemade always beats the boxed version!

February 5, 2015 2:01 pm

When I think of the packaged kind, I think of me on a diet! When I look at this version, I crave a decadent treat! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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