Cook pastry cups according to package directions. Remove from pan and let cool.
When cooled, remove circular "tops" with a fork and save. Remove enough "top" so that 3/4 of the cup is hollow.
Spoon chocolate pudding into the cup just until it's level with the rim.
Place in fridge loosely covered until serving.
Serve with a scoop of whipped topping on top.
**This is just as good prepared with lowfat/fat free products.
**For a fruit cup, mix 1 block cream cheese, with 1/2 cup whipped topping and powdered sugar to taste. Place two tablespoons mixture into cup, then top with sliced fresh fruit of your choice. Melt 1/4 cup of your favorite jam and drizzle entire cup with melted jam.
**For the chef only: since you made them, you get to eat the best part -- the "tops"! Use them to scoop up the extra pudding!