When I think of chocolate pudding, I think of the icebox cake that my grandma used to make me as a child.  There was something magically delicious about that boxed-mix chocolate pudding layered between graham crackers and sprinkled with “jimmies” as my grandma used to call them.  I loved the way the pudding softened the graham crackers so that they became as soft as a freshly baked cake.  And the slight crunch from the sprinkles balanced out all of the soft “cake”.

My mother-in-law used to make homemade chocolate pudding for my husband and his brothers when they were growing up and they all rave about how satisfying the warm pudding was just after it was set and ready to eat.  When I found this recipe for homemade instant chocolate pudding mix, I first thought about what a fun gift it would make to give the mix in a jar with a cute ribbon and instructions attached for how to make the pudding.  This would be a great Christmas gift or an addition to a food basket you are giving.  I was also excited that this pudding recipe did not use egg yolks like most custards require and I was anxious to see what would happen if I made the pudding with skim milk and fat free half-and-half instead of heavy cream.

I am happy to report that the lighter pudding lacked nothing in flavor or consistency and was just as thick, luscious and chocolatey as I had hoped it would be.

I sprinkled mine with “jimmies” in honor of my grandma’s icebox cake.

DIY Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (and Homemade Chocolate Pudding)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack, Chocolate, Pudding
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Serves: 5
An easy DIY pudding mix that makes thick, luscious chocolate pudding
  • For the pudding mix
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • To make the pudding
  • 1¾ cup instant pudding mix (amount from recipe above)
  • 2 cups skim milk (could use any fat % milk)
  • 2 cups fat free half and half (could use heavy cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. For the pudding mix
  2. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  3. To make the pudding
  4. Pour pudding mix into a medium-sized saucepan.
  5. Add milk and half and half and whisk to combine.
  6. Heat to bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  7. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking for another 3-4 minutes.
  8. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into individual dishes.
  9. Cover each dish with plastic wrap with the plastic wrap touching the surface of the pudding and refrigerate for 4 hours to set before serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from Good Eats 2

combine all pudding mix ingredients

put pudding mix into saucepan

add milk mixture and whisk

heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly then reduce heat and continue cooking 4 more minutes

pour through mesh sieve into serving dishes

cover with plastic wrap touching top of pudding

chill, then serve


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3 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    This is beyond great, Mercedes! I love making things like this at home versus store-bought. This looks wonderful!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    Sometimes chocolate pudding is the only thing that will satisfy! How luscious!


  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Oh my gosh, this pudding looks GREAT! Love the sprinkle touch, of course 🙂


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