Chocolate Pudding


Homemade stovetop chocolate pudding! Enjoy chocolate pudding the way it is supposed to be made, from scratch, with cocoa powder, sugar, milk, egg, and chocolate chips.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

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.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the Founder and President of Simply Recipes. A blogging pioneer, Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. In 2012 Elise was named "one of America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food" by The Daily Meal. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Carmichael, California.

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  • Dorothy

    This is my go-to chocolate pudding recipe, or my go-to chocolate recipe, for that matter. I use dutch process cocoa because that’s just what I have, and I’m not sure if it’s my sweet tooth or if it’s because dutch process is stronger but I add an extra 2T(!) sugar and no chocolate chips, and it’s still a pretty intense chocolate flavor.

    Thanks Elise!

  • Deborah

    This really is the best chocolate pudding!!! I used dark organic free-trade chocolate instead of the chips … yum …

  • parul

    hello maam…can we make this without eggs?

    Not this recipe. This recipe requires eggs. ~Elise

  • Caroline

    I did not like this recipe. I thought it was way too chocolatey! I think it would have been fine w/o the choc. chips! I added a lot of whipped cream to the chilled product to drown out the choc a little.

    Hello Caroline, this is a recipe for chocolate pudding. It’s supposed to be chocolatey. ~Elise

  • Mandira

    Hello! So we had a simply recipes dinner yesterday…I made your tuna patties with your oven-baked sweet potato and we finished with these yummy chocolate puddings!

    Except the puddings didn’t set so well – but they were still chocolatey and yummy and smooth and creamy and delicious :-)

    Thank you for dinner!

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