1. Whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is hot. Gradually whisk 1/3 cup hot milk mixture into egg. Whisk egg mixture into remaining hot milk mixture.
2. Cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat, and add chopped chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into a glass bowl. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm mixture (to prevent a film from forming), and chill 2 hours or until pudding is completely cool.
3. Spoon 1/2 cup pudding into each of 5 individual serving dishes, and top each with 1 Tbsp. whipped topping. Garnish, if desired.
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Chocolate-Espresso Pudding: Whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt, adding 1 Tbsp. instant espresso to milk mixture. Proceed with recipe as directed. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 260; Fat 5.3g (sat 2.8g, mono 0.4g, poly 0.1g); Protein 6.4g; Carb 48.5g; Fiber 1.7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 207mg
Raspberry-Chocolate Pudding: Prepare pudding as directed through Step 2. Microwave 1/3 cup raspberry jam in a small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Spoon 1 Tbsp. melted jam into bottom of each individual serving dish, and top each with 1/2 cup pudding and 1 Tbsp. whipped topping. Stir 1 tsp. water into remaining melted jam, and drizzle 1/2 tsp. jam mixture on top of whipped topping on each pudding. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 312; Fat 5.3g (sat 2.8g, mono 0.4g, poly 0.1g); Protein 6.3g; Carb 62.1g; Fiber 1.7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 206mg