Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding in a white mug on a blue designed small plate with spoon on side
Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe will have you skipping the boxed pudding mixes forever! Why buy it from the store when you can make your own with a few simple ingredients?

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Once you try this homemade chocolate pudding recipe, I guarantee you will never use a boxed recipe again. Making chocolate pudding at home is so much easier than you think and I would almost bet money that you have the ingredients in your house already. The main switcheroo that I made in this pudding compared to most is that I used skim milk, not only because you can cut out some fat and calories (hey, why not?) BUT most people do not have whole milk in their fridge. I wanted this to be a fail-safe, always-have-the-ingredients-when-I-Have-A-Craving kind of chocolate pudding. You most likely have skim, one or two percent milk in your fridge, so I went with the least fatty to make sure this recipe still worked out.

What are the main ingredients in chocolate pudding?

All you need to make homemade chocolate pudding are:

  • cornstarch
  • chocolate
  • white sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • salt

That’s all and most times we have all of these ingredients in our pantry’s. This turned out perfectly. Creamy, chocolaty, it was amazing. I think that everyone should have one solid homemade chocolate pudding recipe in their repertoire and I think you should give this one a whirl. It’s a keeper.

a white mug with chocolate pudding made using skim milk

Now those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I made one heck of an evil trifle yesterday, thus the reason I made homemade chocolate pudding in the first place. It’s divine, evil and amazing.I am going to write up the recipe today and then share it later tonight, so stay tuned! It’s the single best way I have found to get rid of a ton of your Halloween candy! Update: Here it is! My Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Trifle.

If you are looking for dessert recipes try my:

  1. Magic Caramel Pudding Cake
  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake 
  3. Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding
  4. Chocolate Flapper Pie

So when is the last time you made pudding at home? Sometimes with all my concocting of recipes I forget the simple desserts, like this one, that take very little time or effort but are such a crowd-pleaser, not to mention kid-pleaser as well.



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Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Homemade chocolate pudding made with skim milk, so easy you'll never buy packaged pudding again!
4.97 from 26 votes
a white mug in a small blue designed plate with chocolate pudding made using skim milk
Prep Time
4 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
14 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups of skim milk
  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet baking chocolate or any good quality chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • Pour the milk into a heavy, medium sized sauce pan.
  • Whisk in the cornstarch, salt and sugar until there are no lumps.
  • Place the saucepan on medium low-heat and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring continuously. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pot.
  • When the mixture had thickened, add in the chocolate. Stir continuously for another 2-3 minutes, until the chocolate is completely melted in and the mixture is now a beautiful brown.
  • Add in the vanilla, stir until mixed in.Place in the serving dishes and chill in the refrigerator until firmly set, around 2-3 hours.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 351mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 52g, Vitamin A: 330IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 202mg, Iron: 2.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Pilsen Mama says

    I wondered the same thing. It’s too sweet. Next time I would use part unsweetened chocolate. Too bad there is no reply.

  2. Rena says

    This is my first time making homemade pudding and whole family loved it. My husband is diabetic so I used only 2 Tablespoons. We like things less sweet so it was perfect amount of sweetness for us. I didn’t have enough semi sweet chocolate in my pantry so I put a round tablet of Mexican chocolate in my batch. The hint of cinnamon from the Mexican chocolate was great.5 stars

    • Rena says

      That was to say I only used 2 Tablespoons sugar in the batch.

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  3. Angela says

    Has anyone tried making a butterscotch version with butterscotch chips?

  4. Lisha C. says

    I was searching for a recipe similar to my wonderful grandmother’s pudding and here it is!!My Momma did not cook often, but when she did it surely would be a treat!Thank you for the recipe and I just followed you on Pinterest!!5 stars

  5. Erin says

    Delicious! Used 2 cups of Vermont Nut Free semi-sweet chocolate chips. Awesome!5 stars

  6. ML says

    Question: so are there 6 oz of semi-sweet chocolate, plus an additional cup of chocolate chips? Or just one or the other?

    • Pilsen Mama says

      I wondered the same thing. It’s too sweet. Next time I would use part unsweetened chocolate. Too bad there is no reply.

  7. Angela says

    Perfect recipe. Looking for one for banana pudding thats just as simple

  8. Tara says

    Do you think I could make and freeze this? It sounds delicious!5 stars

    • Cat says

      Really easy recipe. I think it’s plenty sweet from the sugar in the chocolate chips, no additional sugar needed.4 stars

  9. Sarah C says

    This recipe was so easy and delicious!  Great way to use up milk I had in the house, and it’s a healthier version of pudding by using skim milk.  Thanks for the recipe!

    5 stars

  10. Sarah C says

    This recipe was so easy and delicious!  I made a “turtle” variation by layering the pudding with pretzels and caramel sauce in little mason jars.  Great way to use up a lot of milk!  Thanks for the recipe!

    5 stars

  11. Jenn G says

    Love this recipe! It tastes like it required lots of effort, but in reality, my 3 yr old makes it with me. Thanks!

    5 stars

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