Double Chocolate Pudding

Despite my love of baking, one of my favorite desserts requires no baking at all – homemade chocolate pudding. You may initially think that’s a pretty boring choice. But, I assure you it’s one of the dessert world’s best simple pleasures.

Chocolate pudding is soft and cold and creamy and chocolate-y. Plus, you can make it simply and quickly with a handful of ingredients. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Double Chocolate Pudding is pure comfort food. And it's so simple to make with a short list of ingredients.

This is an easy recipe to master, especially if you follow a couple of important tips. First and foremost, you really must have everything measured and ready to go before you start. The term for that is mise en place, which simply means putting in place. It’s a good habit for all of your baking and cooking, but it’s especially important here. Having all your ingredients and equipment ready just makes the process go much more smoothly.

My other tip isn’t so much about the actual process as it is about your ingredients. Long-time followers of Bake or Break will know my staunch stance on quality ingredients, especially chocolate. This pudding has both cocoa powder and solid chocolate. Your pudding will only be as good as the chocolate you put into it. With the flavor focus being so heavily on chocolate, this is the time to break out the good stuff.

If I have one complaint about making pudding, it’s that it really needs to chill for a couple of hours before you eat it. There’s no chance of instant gratification, but just plan ahead a bit and you’ll be enjoying a bowl of amazing chocolate goodness.

Double Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Double Chocolate Pudding


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Place sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Stir to combine.

Place saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add about 1/2 cup of milk. Whisk to combine with sugar mixture.

Gradually add remaining milk and continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes until mixture has thickened.

Remove pan from heat. Add chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, placing the wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Serve with sweetened vanilla bean whipped cream, if desired.


Recipe adapted and tweaked from many, many sources.

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  1. Whoa….it has been WAY too long since I’ve had pudding! And this recipe looks like the perfect, luscious, chocolatey way to break that dry spell!

  2. Linda March 13, 2014 Reply

    You hit on one of my favorite eating desserts…pudding. This one looks awesome and easy. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I agree with Kayle – it’s been way to long since I made pudding – and I LOVE pudding! This looks incredibly yummy, thanks for sharing!

  4. Tom March 13, 2014 Reply

    OK, who doesn’t like dark chocolate thanks Jen.

    A few options if you dare..Try inserting a pieces or two of dark chocolate inside the pudding for a little extra surprise a tip I learned from Darden.

    I also use almond extract been pondering almond liqueur next time around as I’m a risk taker instead of the vanilla or hey try them both as almond and chocolate compliment each and for some reason it makes people smile.

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      Jennifer McHenry March 13, 2014 Reply

      Tom, I actually love using liqueurs in chocolate pudding! A hazelnut liqueur is just amazing.

  5. Chloe @ foodlikecake March 13, 2014 Reply

    I love chocolate pudding! This looks fantastic :-)

  6. Sushi Knife Store March 14, 2014 Reply

    Pudding is awesome, tapioca is my favorite but chocolate is definitely one of my favorites too! :)

  7. Sebastien March 14, 2014 Reply

    As usual great recipe! Now if only I can resist for 2 hours while it cools…

  8. Joanne March 15, 2014 Reply

    Chocolate pudding is one of my absolute favorite treats! It is the ultimate comfort food to me. Love this homemade version!

  9. Tracy | Pale Yellow March 16, 2014 Reply

    I’ve been on a pudding bender lately, this recipe looks like it will be made next on my stovetop!

  10. CynthiaTower March 19, 2014 Reply

    This is the best!! I made it yesterday using Callebaut 55% cocoa chocolate. I make candy and this is my go to chocolate. I used the pudding and some broken macaron shells to build individual trifles in wee glass jars. Soooooo good!! Here’s a tip: don’t wait until the pudding is chilled to build the trifles. The hot pudding macerated the macaron shells in less than an hour. This way you don’t have to wait until the next day to eat it! Not that I could have waited that long anyway…..
    Thanks, Jennifer for the excellent recipe!!

  11. Renee @ Awesome on $20 March 29, 2014 Reply

    I love making chocolate pudding from scratch. It makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time.

  12. Chocolate mousse and chocolate pudding are definitely 2 of my faves! Love that this has both cocoa and melted chocolate!

  13. Karen February 25, 2015 Reply

    Made this today and it didn’t set up! Followed advice online about reheating it! Hoping that works…..good flavor though!!

  14. Karen February 26, 2015 Reply

    Put unset pudding back in saucepan and heated back up with low heat and some stirring until I noticed it thickening!!!! It worked. Great flavor

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