Skip the box of powdered mix and make Homemade Double Chocolate Pudding instead.
I love chocolate pudding, but I have never been a fan of the box of pudding mix that you buy in the store.
Growing up my mom never made pudding from the box that you buy at the store. I was probably close to a teenager the first time I remember having store bought pudding.
Homemade pudding was all we had and we loved it.
Most people now only know of the pudding from the box or package at the store. They have always had the store bought kind and not the homemade version.
But I think if they tried the homemade version they would love it even more than the store bought kind. Homemade pudding is so much better.
Why Is Homemade Pudding Better?
You can control the ingredients. You know what is in it.
Homemade pudding is so much better. It is rich and creamy and tastes so good. It is an easy and fast dessert to make.
It does not require fancy ingredients. It contains ingredients that we all have in our pantry or fridge.
Milk, chocolate, cornstarch, cocoa, vanilla, and a few other simple ingredients. That is all you need to make homemade pudding.
Is Homemade Pudding Gluten Free?
Not all homemade pudding is gluten free, but this homemade chocolate pudding is gluten free because it contains cornstarch.
One of the reasons that I love this homemade pudding is because it is normal food that is gluten free.
Can I Make Homemade Pudding Dairy Free?
Yes, you can make homemade pudding dairy free. I have made this many times for my dairy free daughter using coconut milk and it works great. I usually use the coconut milk beverage that is in the dairy case when I make it dairy free.
One of our favorite ways to make it dairy free is to use part regular coconut milk and part chocolate coconut milk beverage. You can either leave out the chocolate chips or use dairy free ones. I am sure that other dairy free milks would work also.
If you usually serve your family pudding from the box mix, please give the real homemade kind a try!
And if you like the chocolate version, be sure to give my homemade vanilla pudding a try.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/4 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.
- Stir in milk and cook over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat, and stir in butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
- Stir until chocolate chips have melted.
- Serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving.
- To keep a skin/film from forming on the top of the pudding as it cools, place a piece of plastic wrap over the pudding, you want to press it right against the pudding,
This can be made dairy free by using coconut milk, leaving out the butter, and using dairy free chocolate chips.
Originally published January 7, 2010. Updated March 2019.