Chocolate Pudding

What to do on the last day of vacation with a kid who loves to help cook, a fridge stocked with whole milk and eggs, and a pantry with cocoa, chocolate chips and sugar? Make chocolate pudding, of course!

Aldie and I shared a wickedly good afternoon making this batch, based off a recipe from The Gourmet Cookbook. Alden loves to help in the kitchen, not only with the cooking but with the cleaning up of the pots and pans as well.

Whisking Chocolate Pudding

This chocolate pudding is easy to quickly put together, the only tricky part is slowly tempering a beaten egg with a hot cocoa mixture. Then you need to pour it into individual ramekins and chill it for a few hours before it’s officially ready to eat.

Chocolate Pudding Recipe



  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Four 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups


1 Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk.

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Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and boil, whisking, until pudding is thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.


2 Immediately beat the egg lightly in a medium, heat-proof bowl, such as a hard plastic or ceramic mixing bowl. Very gradually add the hot chocolate mixture to the egg, whisking constantly. Whisk in the chocolate chips until they are melted and the mixture is smooth.

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3 Pour the pudding into the ramekins or cups. If you want, cover the surface of each of the pudding cups with some cut out wax paper to prevent a skin from forming on the top of the pudding. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.


Optional: Serve with whipped cream.

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Licking Chocolate Pudding Bowl
One benefit of being the cook - licking the bowl

Alden and Piper Enjoying Chocolate Pudding
Bon Apetit!

Recipe from The Gourmet Cookbook.

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  • Dan F

    Mmm, looks good! I’m sitting here at work, on a public holiday (it’s anzac day here in aus), I skipped lunch, that choccy pud has me almost drooling! I know what I’m having for dessert tonight :)

  • Anonymous

    To Alden & your 2 companions. All of you look so adorable eating yummy chocolate! I wish I was your age again. Enjoy your childhood!

  • Robyn

    Hi Aldie & Elise

    What great photos of your fun time in the kitchen! Those big smiles tell me that it was worth waiting at least 2 hours while the pudding cooled – did it feel like ages? You didn’t cheat and eat them earlier did you? I think I would have!

    Cheers, Robyn

  • Anna

    Good job, Alden! Thanks very much for showing me how to make such tasty-looking pudding. :D

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