Ditch the box and make this decadent homemade chocolate pudding to satisfy your chocolate dessert cravings! Using common pantry ingredients, this rich and creamy pudding can be made at home in the microwave!
So I went on a college visit yesterday with my little seeeester and her BFF. The goal was to show them around the campus, but it ended up being more of a nostalgic 3-hour flashback session making me wonder how the heck 4 years of college passed by and why all these kids looked like they were in high school. (Because being only two years older than some of them, I obviously look much older.) College honestly feels like it was maybe one year long, and then before I knew it, they spit me into the real world.
I think back to when I first visited the college 7 years ago and pretty much the only thing I can remember is meeting with a few advisors and the insanely good chocolate cake that was in the cafeteria. I joke that the chocolate cake sold me in going there, but it’s not really that much of a joke. Good graphic design program? Check. Gorgeous campus? Check. Unlimited chocolate cake? Check, check, check. #priorites
The not-so-funny part is that I’m pretty sure the dining center used that chocolate cake as bait to get us all hooked and then decided never to make it again. Because not once in my 4 years after that day did I see that chocolate cake sitting amongst the dessert bar. Like is that even a legal tactic? Bribery through cake?
I even worked at the campus bakery for a semester and not once saw a trace of that chocolate cake there either. Maybe that was a good thing to combat Freshman 15, but one slice of that in the break room for just one day wouldn’t have killed anyone. If you knew how many hours I spent counting bread loaves in large freezers while wearing oversized mens winter coats or making 300,000 calorie batches of cheesecake (yes, I calculated it while tossing 50lb of cream cheese into a giant bowl), you would have awarded me a slice of cake. Just one little slice. Or two. Yeah, I would have taken two.
Moral of the story: Chocolate was basically the deciding factor in deciding on a college. Today’s recipe may not be a recreation of that luring chocolate cake (I’ll work on that), but it is just as chocolatey and just as delicious. Rich and creamy chocolate pudding that can be enjoyed as a dessert or as those luscious layers in between a chocolatey cake trifle. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Adapted from All Recipes
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch. Add in milk, one cup at a time, and whisk until smooth and all lumps dissolve.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Once 3 minutes are up, leave bowl in microwave and carefully stir the mixture. Cook at 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until pudding is shiny and thick.
Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until smooth.
Cover pudding with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 4-6 hours until chilled. When placing the plastic wrap, press it directly against the pudding to prevent a film from forming (not just on top of the bowl).
I’m not sure why it took me so long to make homemade chocolate pudding, but it was well worth the wait! With a flavor similar to rich chocolate ice cream, this chocolate pudding is the perfect mini party dessert or as a tasty topper to a weeknight dinner. Top it with whipped cream, fresh fruit, and sprinkles and you have yourself a concoction that I dare you not to drink straight from the bowl with a straw.