Baking Basics: How to make homemade pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding ~ Keeping a favorite childhood dessert simple and easy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade chocolate pudding is filed in my recipe box under the category Sunday desserts. Simple, easy, uncomplicated—everything I want my Sunday to be before I start the work week and that includes my dessert.

Simple in technique, rich in flavor and smooth in texture you will be licking your spoon clean. Pudding is the basis for a few desserts you will see featured this week, so I figured I might as well make it a Baking Basics feature. Especially since homemade pudding is so easily adaptable you can make it into just about any flavor you want once you have the base recipe mastered.

For now, this is a short and sweet post that is fitting for an uncomplicated dessert. And for those wondering, yes, this is ten times better than the box stuff and not that much longer or harder to make. Homemade pudding takes about 15 minutes make.

A few notes:

  • Pudding is highly adaptable, so change out the chocolate portion to your flavor preference, i.e. peanut butter, Nutella, salted caramel, butterscotch, any fruit flavors by adding fruit puree, etc. Keep in mind you may have to adjust to the amount slightly for flavor and consistency.
  • Don’t skimp the sieve portion. No matter how much you whisk a few cornstarch pellets well form and leave a lumpy texture if left unstrained.
  • To store place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming-that is unless you like it, in which case just cover at the container’s edge and refrigerate.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Makes approximately 5-6 cups


  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Combine cirnstarch, sugar, salt and milk in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pudding is ready when mixture coats the back of the spoon.  Add chocolate or preferred flavor and stir to combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine.

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28 Responses to “Baking Basics: How to make homemade pudding”

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — April 11, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Love these baking basics. And you’ve dressed the pudding cups up so cutely!
    Hmm, this was going to be a sugar-free week, but now you’ve go my wheels turning!


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    Amanda — April 11, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Am I a broken record when I come here?? Just gorgeous girl!!! Love this!


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    Shaina — April 11, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love the cute little cups!


    • yomama replied: — June 10th, 2013 @ 11:34 am



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    Wenderly — April 11, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    So darling. You must get tired of reading my same comment. However everything you make is darling and always brings a smile to my lips! Thank you love!


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    Tracy — April 11, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    I LOVE homemade chocolate pudding. Warm or cold. Gorgeous photos!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 11, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Those are the sweetest looking little bowls of pudding EVER! I’ve never made homemade pudding myself, but you definitely have me thinking about it now. My girls would adore me for it!


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    Chef Evelyn — April 11, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    OMG! I just love chocolate pudding! But I only like the homemade kind. It kind of reminds me of chocolate pastry cream (which I only like warm). Your presentation is beautiful!

    This is something easy that everyone could make. Even with their kids to pack into their lunches. Thanks for sharing.


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    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 11, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    What adorable bowls of chocolate pudding!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 12, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    I really like that top down shot of the ingredients Naomi, it’s beautiful, as are the pudding cups.


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    Maria — April 12, 2011 @ 1:26 am

    I’ve never made pudding. I need to get on it!


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    Cookbook Queen — April 12, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    This is seriously the best looking pudding I’ve ever seen!! So cute and fun. And I agree-definitely a recipe everyone should have in their recipe box!!


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    Tickled Red — April 12, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    Yeah for homemade pudding! This would be perfect right now…but for now I’ll just have pine away for a bowl.


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    paddle attachment — April 12, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Mmmm…. It looks like the pudding that called to me in my elementary school cafeteria, only MUCH MUCH better!


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    Kristen — April 12, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Homemade pudding makes me think of my mom… I used to sit by the stove waiting for the pudding to be done. Sooooo good!


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    Lian — April 12, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    these look so festive!! wow, great for a fantastic celebratory dinner. (also I don’t have any kids yet, so I would make them for myself).


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    Linn — April 12, 2011 @ 10:24 pm



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    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — April 13, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had homemade pudding before. I can’t wait to try this out!!

    I’m not sure if someone already asked this, if this is a repeat question I’m sorry, but can you substitute skim milk for the whole milk?


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 13, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Great tip… I love this kind of “back to basics” post. Strangely enough, pudding isn’t something I make often, and I was never really sure how to make homemade pudding (instead of the instant junk). Bookmarking this post!


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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — April 17, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    Great pictures. I love the colorful sprinkles on top!


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    Justin Long — March 19, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I’m just curious which stage you sieve the mixture at, before or after cooking? Thanks


    • Justin Long replied: — March 19th, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

      Never mind I just answered my own question


      • Erin replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

        Justin… when to sieve?

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    Erin — March 25, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    I see that Justin asked about the sieving, and I too am perplexed. I see the photo of the sieve, but no mention in the instructions…


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    dessertfortwo — April 4, 2013 @ 4:17 am

    Love these simple, quick & delicious desserts!


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    lilcupcakemaker — June 22, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    love pudding! chocolate most.


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    lilcupcakemaker — June 22, 2013 @ 5:51 pm



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    lovelylior — August 12, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    i am trying the pudding but i think i did something wrong because it is not getting harder


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