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Hot Cocoa Pudding

Yield 6 Servings
Few kids can resist this luscious combination of two favorites: creamy pudding and hot cocoa. Allow ample time for pudding to chill.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream or prepared whipped cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

How to Make It

  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a boil, whisking frequently, over moderate heat until thickened, about 8 minutes.

  2. Place cocoa powder in a mug and pour a ladleful of the hot milk over it, stirring well until the mixture is smooth. Add it back to the milk in the saucepan, whisking to create a smooth sauce.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks well. Gradually stir 1 cup of the thickened cocoa-milk mixture into the eggs and then pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring constantly, then lower the heat and simmer for 1 to 3 minutes until it's thickened.

  4. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour the pudding into a large serving bowl or 6 small cups or ramekins. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight.

  5. For topping: Whip heavy cream until peaks form. Sift sugar and cocoa over cream and beat mixture until firm. To serve, spoon cocoa cream over pudding.

  6. How Kids Can Help: Sift sugar and cocoa over cream.