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Who knew that a small batch of homemade chocolate pudding could bring so much joy? This recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in cooking. It combines the rich, comforting flavors of chocolate with a creamy, smooth texture that’s just irresistible. Unlike the boxed versions, this chocolate pudding is made from scratch, with real, wholesome ingredients. It’s a small batch recipe, perfect for satisfying that chocolate craving without leftovers. This is more than just a dessert; it’s a delightful experience that’s surprisingly easy to create in your own kitchen.

Explore our selection of single serving and small batch chocolate desserts, perfect for anyone cooking for one or two. From the silky classic Chocolate Mousse and gooey Chocolate Lava Cake to the rich Devil’s Food Cake, chewy Brownies, and chocolate-filled Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, each dessert offers a unique, indulgent experience in just the right size.

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • Easy to Make: Forget complicated steps; this pudding recipe is straightforward and perfect for both beginners and experienced cooks.
  • Rich and Creamy: Each spoonful is a creamy, chocolatey delight that melts in your mouth.
  • Perfect Portion: Ideal for one or two people, this recipe ensures you enjoy fresh pudding without the worry of leftovers.
  • Real Ingredients: Made with ingredients you recognize and likely already have in your pantry and fridge.
  • Versatile: Serve it as is, or dress it up with toppings and mix-ins for a new twist every time.

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Overhead view of chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings in a dessert glass next to a piece of a chocolate bar and a spoon.

Ingredients

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  • Milk: Whole milk is key for a rich, thick pudding. Avoid skim or reduced-fat milk as they compromise the luxurious texture. Alternatively, use half and half for an even creamier texture.
  • Sugar: Essential for sweetness, sugar also enhances the vanilla and chocolate flavors while contributing to the pudding’s thickness.
  • Cornstarch: The cornerstone for thickening, ensuring your pudding achieves that perfect consistency.
  • Cocoa Powder: Any type of unsweetened cocoa powder works well in this recipe, providing the essential chocolate flavor.
  • Egg Yolk: Adds structure, stability, and richness. Don’t waste the egg white – repurpose it in other egg white recipes like Mini Texas Sheet Cake or Two Chocolate Cupcakes.
  • Vanilla Extract: Opt for pure vanilla extract to infuse the pudding with a delightful, aromatic flavor.
  • Butter: A touch of butter at the end enriches the pudding with a smooth texture, glossy finish, and deeper flavor.
  • Chocolate: Incorporating chocolate chips or chunks enhances richness. Try semi-sweet, dark, or bittersweet chocolate to vary the intensity. Leftover chocolate can be used in Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Chocolate Scones, or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

These carefully chosen ingredients work together to create a chocolate pudding that’s not just delicious, but also has the perfect texture and depth of flavor.

Recipe Variations

Chocolate pudding is a canvas for creativity, and these variations are just the beginning.

  • Mocha Pudding: Stir in a quarter-teaspoon of instant coffee for a mocha flavor.
  • Spiced Chocolate Pudding: Add a pinch of cinnamon or chili for a warm, spicy twist.
  • Mint Chocolate Pudding: A few drops of mint extract can transform your pudding into a refreshing treat.
  • Peanut Butter Swirl: Swirl in some peanut butter for a nutty, rich flavor.
  • Coconut Chocolate Pudding: Mix in some coconut flakes for a tropical twist.
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How To Make Chocolate Pudding

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this small batch chocolate pudding recipe. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a 1-quart saucepan.
sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a small saucepan.
  1. Add ½ cup of milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
milk mixed with cocoa powder and sugar in a small saucepan.
  1. Slowly whisk in the remaining milk and the egg yolk.
homemade chocolate pudding in a small pot.
  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. This process takes me about 5 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture starts to simmer, stir constantly until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.
a small batch of chocolate pudding simmering on the stove.
  1. Once the mixture starts to thicken, lower the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
homemade chocolate pudding in a pot.
  1. Pour into a bowl or two dessert dishes, top with whipped cream if you’d like, and enjoy!
two small chocolate pies in ramekins topped with whipped cream on a silver tray.

Expert Tips

  • Preparation is Key: Before beginning, thoroughly read the recipe and the detailed Ingredient Notes. Check out the process photos for visual guidance and have all your ingredients ready. This prep work ensures a smooth cooking experience.
  • Watch the Thickening: As you cook, pay attention to the pudding’s texture. Patience is crucial – you’ll notice the mixture gradually becoming thicker, a sign that your pudding is coming together beautifully.
  • Elevate with Chocolate Shavings: For an eye-catching finish, garnish your pudding with chocolate shavings. Easily create these with a vegetable peeler for an elegant touch.
  • Top with Homemade Whipped Cream: Enhance your chocolate pudding with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Refer to our small batch whipped cream recipe for a perfectly proportioned, creamy topping.

Serving Suggestions

Before diving into these delicious serving ideas, let’s appreciate how versatile chocolate pudding can be. Whether you’re enjoying it on a cozy night in or sprucing it up for guests, there’s a topping or mix-in for every occasion.

  • With Fresh Berries: Top your pudding with a handful of fresh berries for a refreshing twist.
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream adds a light and airy contrast.
  • Crumbled Cookies: Add some texture with your favorite crumbled cookies or biscuits.
  • Shaved Chocolate: For the chocolate enthusiasts, extra shaved chocolate on top never hurts.
  • Nuts: Sprinkle some chopped nuts for a crunchy element.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade chocolate pudding last in the fridge?

Properly stored, it can last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Can I double this chocolate pudding recipe?

Yes, it can easily be doubled to serve more.

How can I prevent a skin from forming on pudding?

To avoid skin formation, place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding while it cools. This prevents air from drying out the top layer.

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Small Batch Chocolate Pudding

4.94 from 32 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Create a delightful homemade Chocolate Pudding with this easy small batch recipe! Perfect for a cozy dessert, it's rich, creamy, and simply delicious.

Ingredients 
 

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk , divided
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: whipped cream for topping

Instructions 

  • Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a 1-quart saucepan.
  • Add ½ cup of milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  • Slowly whisk in the remaining milk and the egg yolk.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
    Pro Tip: This process takes me about 5 minutes.
  • Once the mixture starts to simmer, stir constantly until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Once the mixture starts to thicken, lower the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a bowl. Refrigerate, covered or uncovered, for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Enjoy with whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

  • Preparation is Key: Before beginning, thoroughly read the recipe and the detailed Ingredient Notes. Check out the process photos for visual guidance and have all your ingredients ready. This prep work ensures a smooth cooking experience.
  • Watch the Thickening: As you cook, pay attention to the pudding’s texture. Patience is crucial – you’ll notice the mixture gradually becoming thicker, a sign that your pudding is coming together beautifully.
  • Elevate with Chocolate Shavings: For an eye-catching finish, garnish your pudding with chocolate shavings. Easily create these with a vegetable peeler for an elegant touch.
  • Top with Homemade Whipped Cream: Enhance your chocolate pudding with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Refer to our small batch whipped cream recipe for a perfectly proportioned, creamy topping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 426kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 490mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 40g, Vitamin A: 605IU, Calcium: 258mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. I made this pudding. It was delicious. I must admit I eat chocolate pudding while it is still warm. The reason, when my brother and I were children in the winter we walked home from school. My mom always had chocolate pudding waiting for us in cups ready to “drink”. I remember so well how very good it was.

  2. My husband brought home peanut butter cookies from work so I used my food processor to make crumbs, added butter, formed a crust, baked and cooled. Then I made this pudding recipe exactly as written and poured it over the crust. Oh my, it was amazing!! Thank you Joanie!

    1. I love the idea of crushed peanut butter cookies as the crust! Peanut butter and chocolate is a combo I can’t resist. Thank you for your feedback, I’m so glad you enjoyed the pudding.

  3. I added a dash of chili powder and used dark chocolate. Because I had gastric bypass, once I mixed in the chips & vanilla, I also added a scoop of unflavored protein powder. It was tasty!!!!

  4. Do you have a non dairy, sugarless version of this anywhere? It sounds amazing but… would coconut milk work for the cream and almond milk for the milk? Would stevia work? I don’t usually notice an aftertaste in coffee so maybe it would be ok.
    Thanks for any guidance as I don’t want to waste ingredients if I can help it.

    1. Hi Susan,
      I don’t have a non dairy, sugarless version yet. I haven’t made this with coconut milk or almond milk so I’m not sure how it turn out. The cream helps to thicken the pudding. If you experiment with the other ingredients, please let me know how it works out.

  5. I love that this is a small portion!! Perfect for a snack when my husband is traveling and I am craving a treat

  6. Oh, yum! I had never made homemade pudding until a few months ago, when I made banana pudding for a banana cream pie. It was SO worth the extra effort! Would love to try this chocolate pudding!