Chocolate Pudding

Here’s an easy rich chocolate pudding, perfect for a chocolate pie too.  If your cocoa is lumpy, you may want to sift it first.   If desired, you can use a little less cocoa for a milder flavor.  I used plain Hershey’s; still the best.   This is just as easy as making cooked pudding from a mix; and you know what is in it.  We found it made 8 servings in small serving dishes.           
                            Chocolate Pudding
  1        Cup  Sugar
     ½    Cup  Cocoa
  6        Tablespoons  Flour, All-purpose
            Dash  Salt
     ½    Cup  Milk -- cold
  2        Large  Eggs -- beaten
  2        Cups  Milk -- scalded
  1        Tablespoon  Butter
  1        Teaspoon  Vanilla Extract
            Whipped Cream -- or topping
Combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt in a large bowl; mix thoroughly.  Add cold milk and eggs; mix well.
Add to scalded milk in a 2 quart saucepan.  Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until mixture thickens.  Add butter and vanilla.
If desired, chill, covered with plastic wrap right on the mixture to prevent a skin forming.
Pour into serving dishes.  Top with whipped cream.
Also fills a 9" pastry shell.
6 Servings
2014 Cost:  $ 1.62 or 27¢ per serving
  "Southern Living Quick and Easy Cookbook"
Per Serving: 280 Calories; 8g Fat (24.4% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 48g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 90mg Cholesterol; 95mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat; 2 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. I admit I have used those "instant" pudding mixes that don't need to be cooked, in the name of convenience, but if it sits in the refrigerator for a day it gets watery around the edges. Yuk! And now they're getting so expensive. Home-made pudding costs so little to make in comparison. This recipe is close to one I use. Sometimes I leave out the cocoa and add a chopped banana or two, or get butterscotch by leaving out the cocoa and substituting brown sugar for the white. People who have never tasted REAL home-made pudding are missing out!

  2. PS: LOVE your little pudding dishes.

  3. Thanks, Ilene...those pudding dishes are 1940"s Hazel Atlas "Moderntone"...fairly easy to find in antique malls around here and not expensive yet, either.
    We like all kinds of homemade pudding too...your variations sound great.

  4. I just found your blog and I am loving it. I make vanilla pudding for banana pudding - homemade is the best. Actually, homemade anything is the best.

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