Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding Final I had a chocolate craving yesterday and I didn’t want to bake. {—>shocking, I know. What has become of me?}

Anyways, I came up with the pudding idea because {1} it sounded really good {2} it’s really a fast treat to whip up {3} I had cream on hand and {4} I haven’t posted a pudding recipe yet and {5} it sounded really good.

Now, I love the instant kind just as much as the next Mom but I promise you this stuff is better. Better because you know exactly what goes into this, better because it’s darker, richer and creamier and better because you can look amazing to whoever you serve this too. “That’s right, I made some Double Dark Chocolate Pudding from scratch. Yes, I am amazing. Thank you for noticing.

Don’t be modest.  Just accept the fact that you are now a rock star in the kitchen, take the compliments and move on. Yes, you are that good.

Quick side note: don’t tell your friends how ridiculously easy this is to make because then they’ll want to be rock stars in the kitchen too and we don’t want them stealing our thunder. Be careful to not fall off your chair because my method is all sorts of simple.

Chocolate Pudding 1 Start off by sifting some unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and granulated sugar into a cold saucepan.

Chocolate Pudding 3 Whisk this all together to combine…still in a cold pot.

Chocolate Pudding 4 Now stream in some half & half and milk while whisking to prevent lumpage….yes that’s a word….

Chocolate Pudding 5 Now that you have this frothy well mixed chocolaty liquid {that you’re gonna want to drink}, you can now place this over medium high heat. Keep stirring the whole time!! Again–lumpy pudding= no bueno.

Chocolate Pudding 2 Once the mixture starts steaming but before it’s boiling and thickened, sprinkle in some unsweetened dark chocolate. This is 2 ounces of Scharffen Berger 99% cacao. It’s seriously amazing stuff. VERY chocolaty which is perfect for this!

Chocolate Pudding 7 Keep mixing and cooking until your pudding bubbles up and thickens. I was trying to show that the pudding was thick in this photo, but I’m not sure that you get that from this. So, just take my word for it, m’kay?

Chocolate Pudding 6 Remove pudding from the heat and stir in some vanilla bean paste or plain ol’ vanilla extract.

Chocolate Pudding 8 Now divide this between 4 serving dishes

Chocolate Pudding 9 and cover with plastic wrap. You want it to touch the top of the pudding directly so your pudding doesn’t form a skin. {I’ve decided that desserts shouldn’t have the word skin associated with them in any way whatsoever. Eeww.} Pop these into the fridge to chill….2-ish hours or so.

Chocolate Pudding 10 You’ll know they’re done once the plastic wrap comes off clean. Hello creamy friend!

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding Final 1 Top with some whipped cream and more chocolate and voila! Chocolate heaven!

See, not too hard, huh? And who knew pudding could look classy?

Impress your friends and get your chocolate fix today!! Happy Monday, friends! :)

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 4 servings


1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1/4 cup 100% cacao unsweetened cocoa powder such as scharffen berger, sifted
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup fat free half & half
1 cup milk
2 oz. chopped unsweetened dark chocolate {99% cacao} such as scharffen berger
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
whipped cream
chopped dark chocolate for garnish


In a small saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt together until combined. Slowly stream in half & half and milk, whisking to prevent lumps. Place over medium high heat and whisk until mixture starts to steam. Sprinkle in chopped dark chocolate and continue stirring until it has melted and the pudding has bubbled and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla bean paste. Pour into 4 servings dishes. Place plastic wrap directly onto pudding and refrigerate until completely chilled, approximately 2 hours. Remove plastic wrap and top with sweetened whipped cream and dark chocolate.

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34 Responses to “Double Dark Chocolate Pudding”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Yeah, skin on anything other than my body is not good. Lol to your skin comments and the plastic wrap :)

    This looks amazing!


  2. #
    baker in disguise — April 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

    While you may have given reasons why you made this delish pudding… you didnt need to… this gorgeous thing doesnt need a reason to be made… you just have to make it.. simple!! filing it away!!!


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    Suzanne Perazzini — April 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    But chocolate skin is still chocolate and I would gobble it all up along with the divine stuff underneath.


  4. #
    Kathryn — April 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’ve always been intrigued by what ‘pudding’ is (pudding in the UK is really just another word for dessert) and this looks tastier than I could imagine!


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    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — April 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! It’s been difficult to find a GOOD pudding recipe but this one looks fairly simple and I can’t wait to give it a try!


  6. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This looks like perfection in a bowl. My littles and husband will love it.


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    pudding from scratch?! you’re definitely amazing!! this looks like the most decadent and sinful dessert that I’d love to have in my fridge and tummy!


  8. #
    Erin — April 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Yum! Chocolate pudding on its own is good, but when you turn it into double dark chocolate pudding? Yes please!


  9. #
    Jill — April 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wow. This looks simply amazing. I love chocolate!!


  10. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    These look delicious! I haven’t even had breakfast and now I want dessert! YUM!


  11. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    There’s nothing like homemade pudding and my kids think that I do not make it near often enough. Looks divine!


  12. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — April 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my gaaaaaaahd. Iwantitnow. Please?!


  13. #
    Patti @ Easton Place — April 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    A: I LOVE chocolate pudding.
    B: I LOVE easy cooking/baking!
    C: I LOVE being a rockstar in the kitchen :)

    Thank you for posting!! Can’t wait to try this. It will most certainly make my chocolate cream pie even more fabulous.
    p.s. beautiful photos as always


  14. #
    Debra Kapellakis — April 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I am going to make this for my family.


  15. #
    Abby @ThisLifeAbundant — April 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pudding is just an incredible treat, warm or hot! Do you think almond milk would work for the 1 cup milk?


  16. #
    Nette — April 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    ‘Tis fabulous, Lauren!

    My mother has been making this my entire life (probably longer), but we use it as the filling for our chocolate pies. It’s heavenly, but I usually burn myself trying to lick the pot – LOL

    When made as vanilla or banana, makes a superb pudding for banana pudding, or anything else that needs pudding. Very quick and simple!


  17. #
    DessertForTwo — April 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Ummm I need this! because it’s Monday, I’m grouchy, and I just neeeeed chocolate!


  18. #
    Mary @ Bake Break — April 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I LOVE chocolate pudding – although I’ll admit that the skin is my favorite part… so I’ll just skip that last step! Looks delicious!


  19. #
    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Yum! Looooovvvvvveeee chocolate pudding!


  20. #
    Jessica — April 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm


    1. I love you.

    2. I could eat 20 bowls.


  21. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I wanted pudding so bad the other day and completely forgot about it. Curses. Looks perfect 😉


  22. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Your double dark chocolate pudding looks flavorful and delicious. I love all the dark chocolate in the recipe and the whipped cream with shaved chocolate on top really seals the deal!


  23. #
    JP — May 1, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I am guessing that you could make this with 2 cups whole milk instead of the fat free half and half. Maybe it would not be as rich, but…still probably yummy. I love pudding! What do you think?


  24. #
    Jolene ( — May 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Now this is pudding!!! I haven’t ever made homemade stuff … looks fab!


  25. #
    Katrina — May 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This looks so simple and yummy. I love it!


  26. #
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — May 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    i really love pudding…it reminds me of being a kid! And yeah…skin is weird.


  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    This looks wonderful! Who knew it was so easy to make!!


  28. #
    Deborah Vogts — May 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing. :)


  29. #
    Patricia — May 6, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Now you have gone and done it…. thought I was going to get through this week without making a chocolate pudding; not going to happen now. Well, actually I guess I will since it is going on midnight (no Super Moon tonight; too cloudy) but tomorrow directly after Church I believe it will happen. Will be a great beginning to the week. Thank you!


  30. #
    beth — May 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    i love you! i find you totally entertaining. i might not make all your recipes, especially right now since i do not have a kitchen due to major construction, but i laugh out loud when i read your blog. keep it up please. love you!!!


  31. #
    Meg — May 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    You didn’t! I usually pick vanilla over chocolate if given the choice, except for candy bars of course, but this I think I have to make.


  32. #
    brandi — May 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    i have yet to make my own pudding but it looks so easy! love the super dark chocolate, too.


  33. #
    Anne in swON — May 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

    This pudding is both decadent and delicious. I used 2% milk to replace the half and half and was very pleased with the result. Thanks, Lauren, this one’s a keeper. It beats the heck out of the boxed stuff!



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