Reader question… “Can you turn this [banana pudding] into chocolate pudding by adding cocoa? How much do you think you’d need to add?” –Susie

You sure can! Start with the banana pudding recipe. Increase the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and add 3 squares of unsweetened chocolate or 1/2 cup of cocoa… and of course do not add the bananas! Here is the complete recipe for chocolate pudding made from scratch.

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 squares (3 ounces) unsweetened chocolate OR 1/2 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (this is necessary for the proper taste even though you are making a chocolate pudding)

If you are using cocoa… start by combining the cocoa, sugar, corn starch, salt, and milk in a large saucepan. At first the corn starch may clump, but use a whisk and keep stirring and it will dissolve nicely. Still stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken and boil. Boil one minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Using another dish, lightly beat the three eggs. (I use the same whisk.) Gradually stir about half of the hot corn starch mixture into the eggs. If you’re nervous about accidentally prematurely cooking the eggs with the heat, add the corn starch mixture one tablespoon at a time, and don’t forget to keep stirring as you add it in.

After about half of the hot mixture has been mixed into the eggs, pour all of the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the hot corn starch mixture. Stir both together thoroughly. Put the saucepan back on the heat, still stirring constantly, and boil the mixture for one more minute. Remove the pan from the heat again and stir in the vanilla and the butter.

If you are using chocolate… start by combining the sugar, corn starch, salt, and milk in a large saucepan. At first the corn starch may clump, but use a whisk and keep stirring and it will dissolve nicely. Still stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken and boil. Boil one minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Using another dish, lightly beat the three eggs. (I use the same whisk.) Gradually stir about half of the hot corn starch mixture into the eggs. If you’re nervous about accidentally prematurely cooking the eggs with the heat, add the corn starch mixture one tablespoon at a time, and don’t forget to keep stirring as you add it in.

After about half of the hot mixture has been mixed into the eggs, pour all of the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the hot corn starch mixture. Stir both together thoroughly. Put the saucepan back on the heat, still stirring constantly, and boil the mixture for one more minute. Remove the pan from the heat again and stir in the vanilla, butter, and chocolate squares until the butter and chocolate are melted and thoroughly mixed in.

Let the pudding cool completely, then top with whipped cream or serve plain.

I hope you will try this recipe. This pudding is REALLY, REALLY good!


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Jean

Thanks for the chocolate pudding recipe. My mother-in-law use to make wonderful chocolate pudding, but did not go by any recipe. Therefore, I had a problem.
I put “how to make chocolate pudding from scratch” in google and got exactly what I asked for. Your page came up-how to make chocolate puding from scratch. I could not believe it.
I made it last night and it was devine. just like mother-in-law’s.
The only thing I will do differently next time is instead of 1/2 tesp. salt, I will use 1/4 tesp. Didn’t care for quite as much salt, but was delicious. the other thing I did was to make a topping w/3 egg whites and 1/4 c. sugar.
Thanks again, Jean

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

Jean, you are very welcome! I’m glad the pudding recipe was like what you were looking for.

Stephanie

This is wonderful! I am unable to have instant pudding from the store. I have not had any for a year and now craving it and found your recipe and it is easy and great!

thank you,

Jill

I tried this over the weekend and it was quite yummy. My pudding turned out a bit thin, but I think that’s because I was a little shy on corn starch. The husband really liked it and really that’s all that matters.

Michele

It is very tasty! I am not a good cook, so i gave it a try. The only problem I had was a tiny bit of the egg cooked, but other than that it is very great.

Alex

That was absolutly AMAZING! The best pudding I have ever tasted. I am a kid and it was simply simple.

Jan

Thank You for putting this recipe up! It is delicious! I cut down on the salt a bit, Husband has hight blood pressure. Thanks again and GOD Bless YOU! Jan

ASH

This pudding was absolutely scrumdidilyumptios. I tried it after it was done and I had to force myself to put it in the fridge or I would have ate the whole bowl.

Madison

Ahh, THAT WAS THE BEST PUDDING EVER. I am as well a kid, and my friend and I made it, ans it was amazing:]