February 10, 2021

Smooth & creamy homemade chocolate pudding for four

Finished bowls of chocolate pudding with spoons.

Chocolate pudding is a delicious dessert that is reminiscent of childhood. Homemade smooth and creamy chocolate pudding is simple to make and sure to be a hit with the whole family. 

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With a few pantry staples and some fresh milk and butter, you can make a batch of chocolate pudding at home that is way more delicious than the ones that come in a box mix. Use a good cocoa powder and a nice quality vanilla extract for the most flavorful pudding.

The secret to getting a smooth and creamy pudding that doesn't have any lumps is a lot of whisking. You want to whisk your ingredients throughout the entire process of making your pudding.

Pan with dry ingredients being whisked together for chocolate pudding.

First add all of the dry ingredients to your saucepan and whisk them well to break up any clumps. Then you want to slowly pour in the milk, whisking well the entire time to prevent any clumping. 

While you are cooking the pudding, whisk it the entire time. This will result in a smooth and creamy pudding. 

When the pudding is finished cooking, pour it into your ramekins or bowls. The cover it with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap is touching the tops of the pudding to prevent a "skin" from forming on the top of each pudding. 

Ramekins filled with chocolate pudding covered in plastic wrap touching the tops of the pudding.

Then refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Carefully pull off the plastic wrap before serving. The tops of the puddings will not be "perfect", but these are a family dessert and you can always cover the tops with whipped cream if you want, too. 

This recipe will make four servings of chocolate pudding. You can double it easily to make more if you want. I find a lot of pudding recipes make a lot of pudding, and with our family of four, this is the perfect amount.

I've made this pudding with cow's milk only and whole milk is best (I've also made it with a mix of 2% milk and half and half coffee creamer). Using whole milk results in a thick and creamy pudding.

Homemade chocolate pudding is a perfect family dessert for Valentine's Day, or anytime you want a sweet creamy and chocolaty dessert. 

Plus, I bet everyone will be happy to have their own individual dessert! Desserts that come in their own individual portion are always fun.

Ramekin of chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream.
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Smooth and Creamy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Smooth and Creamy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is a delicious dessert that is reminiscent of childhood. Homemade smooth and creamy chocolate pudding is simple to make and sure to be a hit with the whole family.


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream, for serving, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt until there are no clumps.
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk. Place the pot on the stove top over medium heat. Continue to whisk while bringing the mixture to a boil. Boil for two minutes, while whisking.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla until combined.
  4. Pour/spoon the pudding into four ramekins (I use 6 oz. size) or bowls. Let cool for a few minutes and then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving, or overnight.
  5. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

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Ramekins filled with finished and chilled chocolate pudding.

Check out these other chocolate dessert recipes:

Chocolate Crispy Rice Treats 

Flourless Black Bean Chocolate Cake 

Old-fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie 

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies 


  1. Mmmm, pudding. Haven't made homemade in ages and ages. And chocolate is the best flavor. This looks great -- thanks.

  2. I have always loved chocolate pudding and remember standing over the stove stirring it when I was a child. Can't wait to try this Amy!

  3. Nothing better than a nice creamy chocolate pudding. Yours is very similar to mine but with butter. I'll adding that next time for sure.


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