Best Chocolate Pudding (America's Test Kitchens)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

The richest, creamiest chocolate pudding. Feel free to substitute low-fat milk for the whole milk, but expect a less rich final product.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix vanilla and espresso powder in a very small bowl.
  2. In a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt until combined.
  3. Whisk in heavy cream, egg yolks and whole milk over medium to medium-high heat. Bring to a strong SIMMER (should take five minutes) and let simmer for 30 seconds.
  4. Add in butter, one tablespoon at a time, and finely chopped chocolate.
  5. Stir in vanilla/espresso and incorporate.
  6. Strain through a mesh strainer, into individual ramekins or bowls, or into a large bowl.
  7. Cover surface with wax paper or parchment sprayed with Pam to prevent a skin from forming on the top of the pudding.
  8. Chill for at least four hours.
  9. Whisk pudding before serving.