Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Saturday, February 29, 2020
This is decadent chocolate thick smooth and yummy homemade chocolate pudding.

There are many uses for this pudding pastry filling. Pies, tarts, parfaits, filling in between cake layers, trifles.

My kids happen to adore chocolate cream pie, when I make this pudding it's the best pie ever with a flaky homemade crust and real whipped cream there's nothing better on top of this pudding or cream pies.

This is a simple pudding recipe with just a few ingredients that anyone can make and it's the best you will ever eat and the best part is there are no preservatives!

Not a chocolate pudding fan? We also included a recipe card for Butterscotch Pudding you may like just scroll down to the bottom.

Scroll down to this printable recipe card and make some that will wow your family, just be warned my kids use to fight for the spoon when they were growing up!

this is a creamy homemade dark chocolate pudding recipes with a spoon on a silver platter made from Lenox china and pieces of good grade chocolate candy

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I just love this pudding because it's so creamy rich and reminds me of my childhood.

This chocolate rich creamy pudding brings back the best memories of my mom when making desserts.

I reminisce back to those days as a child when mom gave me the spoon to lick.

Then I also got the rest of the pudding and all the residuals to scrape left in the hot pan so this recipe is very special in my heart.

You will not want to leave one drop of this delicious chocolate pudding it's so smooth creamy and decadently delicious.

It's made from scratch and so much better than any packaged pudding.

Even if you make this recipe just for special occasions it's sure worth the time and I am here to tell you everyone will want you to make it again.

I know everyone's in a hurry and it's so much easier to make a packaged pudding but this one is nothing like those pre-packaged in flavor!

this is a homemade chocolate thick pudding in white dessert ramekin cups on a Lenox silver platter with a spoons and chocolate shavings

Suggestions and Additions:

this is a pan of homemade chocolate pudding in a saucepan


  • I make it every chance I get as soon as the milk is about to expire!
  • Seriously, it's the best way to use up almost soured milk!
  • Always place a piece of wax paper on top so it doesn't form a skin unless you like it!
  • My favorite is to layer graham crackers and chocolate pudding to make a quick icebox cake.
  • Top with whipped cream and then you have another dessert that awaits you. You will not be disappointed after you taste this pastry pudding filling of decadent goodness
  • It's great for cake fillings, pie, pastry, donuts, and pastry tarts.
  • I like to make sure the chocolate melted and the cornstarch is smooth when combined with the milk. I never like lumps in my pudding.
  • When the spoon is coated and sticks it's done. That all there is to it!
  • When filling Italian cakes with chocolate pastry cream use this recipe and use rum instead of vanilla

this is a pan of uncooked pudding in a pot being stirred

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • chopped chocolate semi-sweet chocolate (I use very good grade chocolate like Lindt) for a darker fudge use 70% bittersweet chocolate
  • sugar
  • whole milk or half and half or almost expired milk
  • corn starch
  • pinch of salt
  • pure vanilla or rum depending on what your making

This is a top shot of chocolate pudding in white small ramekin pots with a spoon and chocolate

Pin for Later Homemade Chocolate Pudding

this is a pin on how to make homemade chocolate pudding

More Recipes We Love

Grandma's Rice Pudding
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding
Chocolate Filled Pusties

Not a fan of Chocolate? Try our Vintage Butterscotch recipe below

The Best Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This chocolate pudding recipe made with pantry ingredients and a cornstarch base has always been my favorite and so easy to make.

If you love chocolate pudding give this one a try you won't be sorry and will get everyone asking for you to make it again.

Let me know how you like this one in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 8
prep time: 11 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 41 M
Italian Chocolate Pudding Pastry Cream that can be used as a filling in cakes, pies, tarts of just a decadent delicious dessert!


  • 3/4 cup chopped chocolate semi-sweet chocolate (I use very good grade chocolate like Lindt) for a darker fudge use 70% bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla or favorite liqueur


How to cook Homemade Chocolate Pudding

  1. Using a glass ovenproof bowl over a pan of boiling water or a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
  2. Combine the corn starch, sugar and salt in the bowl. Whisk in the milk then uses a silicone heat resistant spatula to blend all the dry ingredients. 
  3. Pour all over into the double boiler bowl heating gently just until water is beginning to simmer. 
  4. Stir constantly over the simmering water until pudding is thickened and coats the spoon like the photo, it takes around 5 minutes, then removes from heat and stir in flavoring.
  5. I then place wax paper over the top to prevent the skin from forming. It's ready after cooling for around 30 minutes in the refrigerator to use in a gourmet dessert or just eat it plain! 
  6. That's it. 
  7. A perfect pudding, filling or dessert is ready to be made into your creation!
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Pin for Later Homemade Chocolate Pudding

this is a pin on how to make homemade chocolate pudding

Click links for these other fillings:

Vanilla pudding

Chocolate pudding

Banana pudding

Coconut pudding

Lemon pudding

Cannoli filling

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. This is amazing! Such a delicious sweet recipe and actually easy to make.

  2. Made this for the family and it was a hit! So fun to make at home!

  3. YUMMY! We loved this delicious pudding and used it to make your awesome chocolate cream pie. Thanks for easy to follow instructions and a delicious result!


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