Recipe ~ Homemade Chocolate Pudding!

Why, oh why, have I never made pudding before? I feel like I’ve been missing out on some secluded club full of deliciousness. Seriously. It is that good! There is so much crap in packaged pudding. I have some on hand {they were on sale the other day at Walmart, so we grabbed some for the husband’s lunches. We buy them once in a blue moon.} Let me list the ingredients.. & these are supposedly a “healthier” version!

Skim Milk from concentrate (water, concentrated skim milk), water, sugar, modified corn starch, high oleic sunflower oil, cocoa, hydrogenated palm oil, salt, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, artificial flavours & colours. Um.. that is a lot of unnecessary ingredients for something that is generally eaten as a snack or a dessert. Especially something that is so readily given to children.

I had a craving for homemade pudding. My grandmother used to make something similar that the grandchildren used to devour & she would even put it in-between layers of cake, but unfortunately she is no longer with us to ask, nor would she ever use a recipe. She kept her recipes in her memory! So what do I do? Go to my trusty allrecipes.com, that is what. Sure enough, I found a highly-rated recipe that sounded just like my Nanny’s pudding.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
6 ounces semi- or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used what I had on hand — 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips & 1/4 chopped semi-sweet bakers chocolate)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Directions:

Combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.

Slowly whisk in the milk, then more quickly once the cornstarch mixture is smoothly incorporated.

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Place over medium-low heat & whisk often, so lumps do not form. Do this for 10 minutes or so, before it begins to simmer. The mixture should begin to thicken.

Add in the chocolate & continue whisking for another 2 minutes, combining the liquid mixture with the chocolate.

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Remove from heat & stir in the vanilla.

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Pour into a large bowl, or small individual bowls.

Cover with plastic wrap, smoothing gently against the surface of the pudding.

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Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Note: I added a teaspoon of cocoa to my pudding. 

Ta-da! A more natural chocolate pudding that is super easy to make. I will never buy packaged pudding from a store again! PS. Isn’t the sprinkle dispenser that the Mister got me for Christmas the cutest thing EVER?!

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2 thoughts on “Recipe ~ Homemade Chocolate Pudding!

  1. Shar says:

    YUM! I definitely need to try this and you are so right, there’s so much unnecessary ingredients in package pudding… well just about everything these days, unless you make it yourself! It looks so delicious, thanks for sharing!

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