By Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
June 20, 2016

On the surface, chocolate pudding appears to be just that: chocolate, in pudding form.  While the chilled custard is often relegated to the kids' lunchbox in the form of those pre-made cup things, chocolate pudding is so much more than that. It has personality, it has potential. After all, it is chocolate and cream—two powerfully great things, that combine to make something even richer, even creamier, even better. And while plenty of folks are singing the praises of chocolate chip cookies as the ultimate, go-to classic sweet treat, we're preaching the gospel of pudding. So, without further ado, we bring you the first ever (and, okay, probably only) Chocolate Pudding Awards. 


Most Athletic: Chocolate Pudding Pops 

Cool and luscious, you can eat these pops on the go—anytime, anywhere.


Because of course it has silken tofu in it.


Do you have to make dulce de leche and allot an extra hour for soaking? Yes.Is it worth it? Like they say, good things take time.


The Wildest Child: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding 

A little nuts, but a whole lotta fun.


Biggest Goofball: Chocolate Malt Pudding

Malted-milk ball candies: check.


If you're "eh" about white or dark chocolate, feel free to substitute milk chocolate.


Good apart, but great together. You get bonus points for serving the cookies warm.


Best Tastiest Shape Shifter: Marshmallow-Topped Chocolate Pudding Cakes 

This cake-pudding-s'mores hybrid doesn't quite know what it wants to be yet—and that's totally OK.


Most Likely to Keep a Secret: Chocolate-Hazelnut Pudding 

It's Nutella-ing you nothin'.


The pie may be humble, but its taste is anything but.


The Italian word for "pudding," Budino is even better topped with whipped cream and candied orange peel.