If you have been wondering just how to make pudding from scratch as you stare at those packaged versions in the store, then you will be pleasantly surprised to find out just how easy and inexpensive it can be!

It also tastes that much better.  Somehow those boxed instant mixes don’t quite make the mark for flavour when compared to the homemade version. 

It is not only easy, but you know exactly what is in it.  This makes a great dessert idea and it can also be poured over fruit or cake or other desserts, or can even be put in a pie shell to make chocolate cream pie with whipped cream on top.How to Make Pudding From ScratchCredit: morguefile.com

What you will need to make Chocolate pudding from scratch:

2-1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (the unsweetened plain variety usually in a tin in the baking section of the grocery store)

½ cup of white sugar

2 cups of milk (I use 2% for this recipe but you can use whole milk or other milks depending on your tastes)

3 tablespoons of cornstarch

Pinch of salt

Little bit of water

Dash of vanilla (about ¾ of a teaspoon)


Using a whisk put the cocoa powder into a saucepan or small pot, then using a whisk add just a few drops of water at a time to create a paste with the cocoa powder.

Stir in sugar and the pinch of salt and blend well.

Then add 1-1/2 cups of the milk (saving ½ cup to use with cornstarch)

Heat the mixture and bring to a boil stirring often.  While this is heating up, take the remaining ½ cup of milk and mix in the cornstarch well in a small cup.

When the pudding base reaches a boil on the stove then whisk in the cornstarch/milk mixture and continue to stir and bring back to a boil for approximately one minute while continuously stirring.

Take the pudding off the heat and now quickly stir in the vanilla, and then pour into individual pudding dishes or cups or even a large bowl for scooping.  (this recipe makes approx. 2 cups)

Leave sitting on counter until it reaches room temperature and then place in the fridge.

That is it, you can fool around with it at this point, for example, you could add bits of chocolate to sit on top or chocolate chips, or whatever you want or use whipped cream to decorate it at serving time with some shaved chocolate ontop!

If you are short on time, the easiest way is to simply put it in a large bowl and then scoop it out after it is cold.

This makes a great dessert especially for the chocolate lover. 

I have also made this recipe with soymilk with good results if you can’t have dairy milk.

How to Make Pudding From Scratch? – Vanilla!

If you prefer a vanilla flavour then here is a really quick recipe for vanilla pudding

What you will need:

1/3 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons of cornstarch

Pinch of salt

2-1/2 cups of milk

1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


The vanilla pudding is a bit quicker to make and tastes great too!

Combine sugar, pinch of salt and cornstarch in saucepan or small pot, slowly stir in milk (don’t do this part too fast or you will end up with lumps) slowly bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Stir for a minute or two more until mixture thickens, then remove from heat and add vanilla extract.  Pour into dessert glasses or a large bowl and let cool then put in the fridge for dessert tonight!

So no more wondering how to make pudding from scratch, the above recipes use ingredients that you may already have in your house, so you are ready to go and don’t need to buy those packaged versions.

Once you have tasted homemade, (especially the chocolate pudding) you will never go back to those instant ones again!

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