Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 15 Mins
Makes 5 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

If you love decadent chocolate, try this recipe. Why it's better for you: This pudding is everything you dream of--chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

Spoon 1/2 cup pudding into each of 5 individual serving dishes, and top each with 1 Tbsp. whipped topping. Garnish, if desired.

Step 4

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Step 5

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 3g (sat 8g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Protein 4g; Carb 5g; Fiber 7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 207mg

Step 6

Raspberry-Chocolate Pudding: Prepare pudding as directed through Step 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 3g (sat 8g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Protein 3g; Carb 1g; Fiber 7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 206mg

Ratings & Reviews

JamesHeffker's Review

February 17, 2014
Steady Sharon, Steady.

DenisfrMichigan's Review

May 23, 2013

brandycgarth's Review

March 02, 2012
Yummy!! I made it at home exactly what is above, and the dish is delightful, I also made it for my friends and they loved it, too.. Thanks for sharing.. Try these sites and for more fantastic recipes.

sccook's Review

September 22, 2011
Yum! This was a good, basic chocolate pudding. Almost as quick and easy to make as a mix, and 10x better. I did cheat and use whole milk and chocolate chips instead of a bar. Be careful not to overcook, but you can add a little extra milk if it gets too thick.