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Chocolate Pudding Sundaes

5 stars based on 6 votes

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

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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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    So delicious and easy. Didn’t add any toppings, and stirred in a tablespoon of butter once taken off the heat. It was so creamy without being overly rich. Thank you Jenn for another amazing recipe !

    - Malak Abu Shakra on December 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn, I used your recipe to make chocolate pudding tonight. Loved the flavor, but the consistency was a bit grainy. How can I get a smoother consistency?
    – Lori

    - Lori on August 27, 2017 Reply
    • Hmmmm…. if it was grainy, it could be that the sugar cocoa mixture wasn’t cooked long enough to get the sugar to fully dissolve. You used the word grainy, but if it was lumpy, that would be caused by not enough whisking of the mixture. Hope that helps at least a bit!

      - Jenn on August 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello Jenn,

    Is there anyway I could use Dutch processed cocoa powder to make this?

    Thank you !

    - Malak on May 10, 2017 Reply
    • That’s fine, Malak – won’t make a big difference here. Enjoy and please lmk how it turns out!

      - Jenn on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Ridiculously easy and delicious. Starting to make homemade chocolate milk instead of Nesquik. Thank you for freeing me from so many pre-boxed mixes. I feel so silly that I have not done this sooner.

    - Elizabeth on June 15, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG – this is an amazing recipe! Seems unfair to call it just “pudding” – so much better than the boxed stuff. One question: could I use almond milk in place of the whole milk? All or part of it? Thanks, Jen.

    - Pam S. on April 15, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This review is not so much a criticism, but more of an affirmation that this recipes works just as it instructs. I’ve made it twice. First time, I was too lazy to put the plastic wrap on top to cover it before chilling, and the thick pudding skin was not tasty at all! Second time, I eye balled the amount of vanilla extract and ended up putting in too much vanilla… total overkill and there was too much competition between the chocolate flavor and the vanilla flavor – again, no bueno. If I had measured out the vanilla extract, the pudding would have been perfect on its own! It’s easy to make, and I highly recommend! It is a lot tastier than the ones out of a box.

    - cool tree on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • fun and easy to make. a hit with the kids!

    - erin on September 26, 2013 Reply
  • 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!

    - Virginia Briguglio on May 21, 2012 Reply
  • What a fabulous combination- chocolate and pudding! I can not wait to make this treat! Homemade chocolate pudding is the best!

    - Cathy Headworth on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • 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. 🙂

    - Mike on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Just found this blog (and entry) today – gonna try my hand at making it tomorrow. Fingers crossed it goes well! Looks gorgeous!

    - Glummy Mummy on August 16, 2010 Reply
  • 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!

    - Ellen K on May 16, 2010 Reply
  • Love it. I think I’m going to make these for an adult dinner party, we are all kids at heart 🙂

    - Julia on May 12, 2010 Reply
  • I Love this Recipe! I use the same ingredients with a bit more milk and sometimes heavy cream! Delicious!

    - Aysegul - nysdelight on May 11, 2010 Reply
  • 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!

    - Elaine from Cookware Help on May 11, 2010 Reply
  • Nothing better than homemade pudding! Kids bring the best imaginations!

    - leslie on May 8, 2010 Reply
  • Just made this with 70% chopped chocolate and skim milk and it’s bittersweet and delicious! Thanks, we love it!

    - Mandy on May 7, 2010 Reply
  • yum- I have two girls that would LOVE this- and you are sooooo right about homemade chocolate pudding- It is so much better!

    - the domestic mama on May 7, 2010 Reply
  • 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: …I haven’t made it myself but everything else I’ve made from the site has been good. Good luck!

    - Jenn on May 7, 2010 Reply
  • Oh, I love it. I have never made pudding before, isn’t that pathetic. Thanks for the recipe!

    - Angie on May 5, 2010 Reply
  • 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!

    - Katherine on May 5, 2010 Reply
  • This looks awesome! Reading this made my mouth water!

    - Chef Danielle on May 5, 2010 Reply
  • 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!

    - Sarah Simpson on May 5, 2010 Reply

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