Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This chocolate pudding is just about the easiest thing to whip up with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. Depending on your tastebuds you can make this recipe with any type of chocolate, from milk to super dark. Take this recipe to another level by setting up a DIY (Do It Yourself) chocolate pudding bar. Set out a big bowl of pudding with cups and a variety of toppings and let friends and family customize their own. It’s guaranteed to beat any store-bought pudding cup or mix.
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Mix together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in a medium sized heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly. Continue whisking for 2 minutes until mixture is thick. Remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate and vanilla until smooth.

Transfer to a bowl and cover pudding with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap so it sticks to the surface (to prevent a skin from forming) and chill in the refrigerator until cold, at least 2 hours.

Makes approximately 2 cups.


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  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces high quality chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Possible toppings: Whipped Cream; Granola; Crumbled Cookies; Fresh Berries; Cocoa Nibs
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