The Perfect Summer Treat: Homemade Chocolate Pudding

With an Atlanta summer in full swing, I've been experimenting with all sorts of ways to stay cool, from opening the windows in the early morning to breaking out my crockpot. The other day, I came across this recipe in my stash and decided it would be the perfect remedy to the sweltering summer day.

It's an easy recipe, and it's likely you have all the ingredients on hand already. Pop the pudding in the fridge for just a couple hours and you've got a sweet dessert, without having to heat up your house. Give it a go, and let me know your thoughts!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe
2 cups milk
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
Pinch of salt
2 ounces chocolate pieces
1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Whisk milk, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt into a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. (The ingredients will blend easier as it heats up.)

  2. Bring to a boil, stirring often with whisk to make sure doesn't burn.

  3. Let it boil for about one minute; by this point it should have slightly thickened to a batter-like consistency.

  4. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate pieces and vanilla until chocolate is well blended. (You might still have some small chunks left in, but I think that adds a pleasant surprise to the end pudding. Keep stirring though if you want it completely smooth.)

  5. Pour into individual bowls and chill in refrigerator for about 2 hours or until cold. Garnish with powdered sugar, whipped cream or cookie wafers.
    (serves 4)
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  1. This looks great! And I love that you don't have to do turn on the oven, because, well, it's way too hot for that right now. This humidity is killing me - and of course I have to move in the middle of a heat wave, haha :)

  2. YUmmmm so delicious looking i need some ritee nowwww
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  3. Thanks..just came across this and my oldest daughter and I immediately made it. My family will enjoy it after dinner.

  4. @ Kim - So glad you and your daughter made it! What a great way to bond together :)

  5. Oh yuuuuummmmmm! This looks divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  6. Oh yum! This is something we're going to have to try because it is just as hot down here in Louisiana as it is there. And it's funny how creative you get when you're trying to stay cool!

    Thanks for sharing, and don't spend too much time out in the sun!

  7. That looks delicious! I'm adding that to my list of things to make. :-)

  8. That's great, Alterdelenda! Let me know if you do end up making this recipe!


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