Chocolate Pudding Sundaes


If you’ve never had homemade chocolate pudding, you’re in for a real treat. It’s silky-smooth and intensely chocolate — a world apart from instant or store bought. Naturally, kids love it — like lick their bowls clean, clank their spoons, get all quiet when they eat it love it — but don’t think of it just for kids; adults love it too.

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When I told my son I was making chocolate pudding for my blog, he said, “You should do something better than that, like chocolate pudding sundaes with whipped cream and toppings.” Okay, why didn’t I think of that?

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With all the ready mixes out there, you’d think it’d be hard to make but it’s actually just the opposite.

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All you do is mix some sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and milk in a pot…

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Simmer and whisk until thickened…

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Stir in some chopped chocolate and vanilla.

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Then pour into dessert dishes bowls and cover directly with saran wrap — this prevents a film from forming at the top.

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Chill the puddings in the refrigerator until cold and set. When you’re ready to serve, have fun with the toppings. I like mine simple with whipped cream and a few raspberries — or even plain — but kids love to pile on the sprinkles and cherries. Spoil them!

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Chocolate Pudding Sundaes

Print Recipe
Servings: 4
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Hours


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (best quality such as Ghirardelli)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Toppings, such as whipped cream, fresh berries, sprinkles, candies and maraschino cherries (optional)


  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Add half of the milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the remaining milk. Continue whisking over medium heat until the pudding thickens and comes to boil, about 8 minutes. Continue to boil 1 minute longer, whisking constantly.
  2. Remove the pudding from the heat. Add the chopped chocolate and vanilla; whisk until the chocolate melts and the pudding is smooth. Divide between 4 dessert dishes. Cover the puddings by placing a small piece of saran wrap inside the dessert dishes and directly over the pudding (this prevents a film from developing at the top). Cool the puddings in the refrigerator until cold and set, 2-3 hours, and then top with whipped cream and toppings and serve.

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  • Sarah Simpson

    I love this idea and think I will use it for an upcoming dinner party. I would also like to offer a vanilla option – would I just leave out the cocoa powder and chopped chocolate?

    I am loving your blog – I check it daily to see if there are new posts and the recipes have all turned out wonderfully!

  • This looks awesome! Reading this made my mouth water!

  • Katherine

    What a wonderful idea for the kids! Such a nice alternative to the classic ice cream sundae.

    The pudding recipe itself looks yummy, perhaps it would make for a good filling in a chocolate pie :)

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Oh, I love it. I have never made pudding before, isn’t that pathetic. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sarah, The chocolate pudding sounds great for a dinner party. Unfortunately, vanilla is a bit more involved to make and I don’t have a go-to recipe that I can pass on to you. Most good homemade vanilla puddings call for eggs. You might try this recipe: link to …I haven’t made it myself but everything else I’ve made from the site has been good. Good luck!

  • yum- I have two girls that would LOVE this- and you are sooooo right about homemade chocolate pudding- It is so much better!

  • Just made this with 70% chopped chocolate and skim milk and it’s bittersweet and delicious! Thanks, we love it!

  • Nothing better than homemade pudding! Kids bring the best imaginations!

  • This was excellent! It tastes just like the chocolate pudding that my mom used to make, and brought back many happy and yummy childhood memories. It’s what I used to call a real homemade pudding, as opposed to the Jello Instant variety. This recipe was delicious. Came out nice consistency. Thanks for this!

  • I Love this Recipe! I use the same ingredients with a bit more milk and sometimes heavy cream! Delicious!

  • Love it. I think I’m going to make these for an adult dinner party, we are all kids at heart :)

  • Ellen K

    This is amazing! I just made it today with homemade whip cream and fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market. Thanks for sharing this yummy homemade pudding recipe – what a big difference from the instant box kind!

  • Just found this blog (and entry) today – gonna try my hand at making it tomorrow. Fingers crossed it goes well! Looks gorgeous!

  • Mike

    Chocolate should be a food group! I love pudding but have never made it. Very easy and yummy and I now know to double the recipe for at least a midnight snack. :-)

  • Cathy Headworth

    What a fabulous combination- chocolate and pudding! I can not wait to make this treat! Homemade chocolate pudding is the best!

  • Virginia Briguglio

    This recipe takes me back to my childhood. Can not wait until this evening when I am going to attempt to make it. I am sure that my family will love it!

  • erin

    fun and easy to make. a hit with the kids!

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