By Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
Updated June 20, 2016
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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.

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding

Because of course it has silken tofu in it.

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche

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.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

A little nuts, but a whole lotta fun.

Biggest Goofball: Chocolate Malt Pudding

Chocolate Malt Pudding

Malted-milk ball candies: check.

White and Dark Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

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

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding and Peanut, Coconut, and Chocolate Cookies

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

Chocolate-Hazelnut Pudding

It's Nutella-ing you nothin'.

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Salted Peanut Crust

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

Milk Chocolate Earl Grey Budino

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