Chocolate pudding in a container with a spoon and shaved chocolate on top.

Chocolate Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pudding
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 508kcal
Author: Victor
The best chocolate pudding there is, an adaptation from Chelsea Market Cookbook.

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  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate 62% cacao content or less; about 130 g
  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate about 30 g
  • 3 cups whole milk about 720 ml
  • 1 cup white sugar about 200 g
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processes cocoa powder about 20 g
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream about 60 ml
  • 1 Tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls for garnish optional
  • Whipped cream for garnish optional


  • Set up a water bath by placing a heat proof bowl inside a medium sauce pan filled with water. Heat the water until starts to simmer and remove from heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the two chocolates and let melt, stirring often, until melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, heat the milk and 1/3 cup of the sugar over medium heat until it starts steaming. The temperature at this point will be about 140F - 150F. Remove from the heat.
  • Whisk the remaining 2/3 cup sugar with the cocoa, cornstarch, and the salt in a heat proof medium bowl. Add the eggs, the yolk and the cream and keep whisking until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Slowly add half of the heated milk to the egg mixture while constantly whisking. Then, slowly pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk while constantly whisking. Bring the mixture to a full boil over a medium heat, whisking often and making sure you reach into the corners of the saucepan. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and strain the pudding into a medium size bowl. Add the melted chocolate, rum and vanilla and whisk until they are well combined.
  • Spoon the hot pudding into six jars or bowls. Cover each with a piece of plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly on the surface of the pudding. Pierce the wrap a few times with the tip of a small sharp knife. If you like a skin on top of the pudding, do not cover the jars with a plastic wrap.
  • Let the pudding cool down at room temperature until it's tepid, about 1 hour. Transfer to the fridge and let chill for at least two hours. The pudding can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Before serving, remove the plastic wrap, top with chocolate curls or shavings and whipped cream.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 3.2mg