Spicy Dark-Chocolate Pudding

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat pudding every day. Like my other resolutions, I’ve already slacked off, but today, I’m getting back on track…at least on the eating pudding part.

I don’t know why anyone would ever bother with pre-packaged pudding. Homemade pudding is easy, delicious, and you most likely have everything you need in your cupboard.

2 cups of milk
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 teaspoon of vanilla (or almond extract)
1/2 cup of dark chocolate bar chopped-up (or chocolate chips)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional, this will make it noticeably spicy, if you only want a hint of spice, just add a pinch)

-Add the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt and cornstarch to pan.
-Heat over medium heat until it boils (about five minutes). Stir constantly.
-Continue to heat for another minute or two, until it starts to thicken.
-Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and the chocolate bar.
-Pour into four containers. Eat warm or chill. If you chill it, place either plastic wrap or wax paper directly on the surface to keep a skin from forming on it.

This version makes a rich, dark pudding. You can make it more of a milk chocolate pudding by decreasing the cocoa powder to 1/4 cup, increasing the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons and using milk chocolate instead of dark.

If you want something really special, top it with fresh whipped cream. One of my husband’s New Year’s resolutions is to eat more whipped cream…it’s going to be a great year…

Happy New Year!

14 Responses to “Spicy Dark-Chocolate Pudding”

  1. Foodista says:

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  2. Wow! This recipe is one that you can dress up for as a fancy dessert or just cozy up with just you and a spoon!

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  4. Sean says:

    This sounds great. Now make me some bread pudding!

  5. kara says:

    Oh, I’ll make you some bread pudding, Sean. First, of course, I gotta make the bread.

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  8. hallie says:

    I think I can actually make this one!

  9. ellen says:

    can we have this next time we get together????

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  11. Jan says:

    We just made chocolate pudding in honor of Andrew’s birthday! We used a dark chocolate with orange – we’ll let you know how it worked.

  12. Kate T.W. says:

    I am making your pudding tonight and will be eating it for lent.

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