Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

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This double Dark Chocolate Pudding is delicious and so easy. Top with some whipped cream and more chocolate and voila! Chocolate heaven!

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

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.

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

Cocoa powder and other ingredients

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

Mixed dry ingredients in a pot

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

Adding cream

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.

Cooking pudding

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!

Chopped chocolate

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?

Cooked smooth pudding

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

Adding chocolate

Now divide this between 4 serving dishes

Hot chocolate pudding in individual containers

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.

Chilled chocolate pudding

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

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

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! 🙂

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4.50 from 2 votes

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding

This double Dark Chocolate Pudding is delicious and so easy. Top with some whipped cream and more chocolate and voila! Chocolate heaven!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 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.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dark chocolate pudding
4.50 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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38 Responses
  1. Belinda

    5 stars
    Superb! Super delicious and easy. Thank you, I won’t look for another recipe, this is the tops! I have been looking for something just like this!

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  3. Darshan N Fresco

    Cut down the liquids in the recipe to 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cups, to make the best chocolate pie ever. Thanks Lauren for such a fantastic recipe.

  4. L Gelinas

    I have been scouring the earth for a great dark homemade chocolate pudding recipe and this is it!
    I make a mean Dark Chocolate Cream Pie and will definitely be using this recipe in a smaller “tart”size for an upcoming wedding, but first the taste test.

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  6. Anne in swON

    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!

  7. beth

    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!!!

  8. Meg

    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.

  9. Patricia

    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!

  10. JP

    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?

  11. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    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!

  12. Mary @ Bake Break

    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!

  13. Kathryn

    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!

  14. Nette

    ‘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!

  15. Abby @ThisLifeAbundant

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

  16. Patti @ Easton Place

    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

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

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

  18. Julie @ Table for Two

    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!

  19. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    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!

  20. baker in disguise

    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!!!

  21. Averie @ Averie Cooks

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

    This looks amazing!