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Chocolate Pudding Dessert

After trying this Chocolate Pudding Dessert, you will most likely have a new favorite pudding recipe. This smooth and decadent chocolate pudding is made with just a handful of ingredients and topped with a sweetened whipped cream, making it a wonderfully sweet dessert.

Side view of chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top in a tan ramekin.

Instant coffee is added to enhance the chocolate flavor in this decadent pudding. This recipe is definitely a chocolate lover's comfort food!

Chocolate Pudding Dessert

A classic custard turned into a dessert fancy enough for any occasion.

This rich chocolate pudding is enhanced with coffee and mellowed out with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

The recipe calls for only egg yolks. If you're not sure what to do with the leftover egg whites, try making Kiwi Pavlovas or Chocolate Chip Cherry Meringues.

Angled view of chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top in a tan ramekin.

Can you think of the most delicious recipe you've ever had? Chocolate pumpkin pudding is right up there as one of the most delicious puddings I've tasted.

But recently I stumbled across the most delicious chocolate pudding dessert recipe in a Fine Cooking magazine! The recipe is by Faith Durand who is the executive editor of The Kitchn.

It's the perfect chocolate pudding. It's dark and rich, without being too sweet, and has an incredibly silky texture. I could eat serving after serving of this pudding.

I've taken her recipe and turned into a slightly sweeter version. Don't get me wrong, her recipe is fabulous as it is, but I can't leave well enough alone.

In my version, I've added instant coffee (I love how it gives the chocolate some depth in flavor), increased the amount of sugar, cream, and cocoa powder, and I topped it with a lightly sweetened whipped cream to balance it all out.

This recipe serves 4 good sized individual servings.

Close up angled view of chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top in a tan ramekin.

This is a fantastic dessert and would be great just about any time. It's suitable for all occasions!

Because the chocolate pudding has to set in the refrigerator, this dessert is perfect for making ahead. It will keep for up to 3 days.

This makes life so much easier when planning for a gathering.

For an extra-special touch, sprinkle some chocolate shavings over the whipped topping. That would make this chocolate pudding dessert fancy enough for an anniversary dinner or Valentine's Day!

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Side view of chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top in a tan ramekin.

Chocolate Pudding Dessert

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

After trying this Chocolate Pudding Dessert, you will most likely have a new favorite pudding recipe. This smooth and decadent chocolate pudding is made with just a handful of ingredients and topped with a sweetened whipped cream, making it a wonderfully sweet dessert. Instant coffee is added to enhance the chocolate flavor in this decadent pudding. This recipe is definitely a chocolate lover's comfort food!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • homemade whipped cream, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly whisk in the cream. Try to work out as many clumps as you can. The mixture will the thick. Whisk in the egg yolks until well incorporated. You may find it easier to use a rubber spatula.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, coffee, and sugar over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat when small bubbles begin to form around the edges and mixture is steaming. Whisk about half of the hot milk into the cocoa mixture until it is smooth and free of clumps. Whisk the cocoa mixture back into the pan with the remaining milk.
  3. Bring the pudding to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking slowly to prevent the bottom from scorching. As the pudding reaches a full boil, it will begin to thicken.
  4. As soon as large bubbles begin to surface turn the heat down to medium and whisk vigorously for 2 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla. Transfer to 4 6-ounce ramekins and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Just before serving, top it with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Notes

The pudding will remain good in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Adapted from Faith Durand via Fine Cooking.

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Kimberly

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Hi I need to make this for an elementary class for Halloween. Could I put the pudding in 9 oz clear plastic cups instead of the ramekins? Does that matter? Do I need to wrap them in cling wrap? Also, since they are children, is the coffee necessary?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hi Kim! It really doesn't matter what you store the pudding in. I'd allow it to cool some before putting into the plastic cups though. And yes, still top the pudding with plastic wrap touching the surface so a gross film doesn't form on top and it cools in the fridge. And of course, you don't need to use the coffee since it's being served to children.

Dns helper

Monday 30th of January 2017

Looks amazing.

Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

Monday 15th of February 2016

I can never get enough of chocolate! This dessert is divine!

Liz @ Teta Lizza's Kitchen

Thursday 11th of February 2016

I love Fine Cooking magazine! And by love, I mean I usually drool over every single page. Your addition of coffee is a perfect compliment and no doubt makes a great recipe even better. Thanks Jen!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Jen, this chocolate pudding looks perfect!!!! love this and I'm gonna try this one! I haven't made pudding in ages!

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Yes! You have to give it a try. It's so decadent and indulgent!

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