Hot Cocoa Pudding

Melted chocolate integrating with cream to create this savory custard-like chocolate pudding.  Top it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate bar pieces.  Hot Cocoa Pudding is delightfully eaten heated or cooled!

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All I can say is that I am SO ready for it to be summer time here in Utah.  Which pretty much means, it won’t be 100 degrees (my desired temperature) until July!   We live in a higher elevation, which means our summers are shorter and our winters are sooooo long!  

Since we are all trying to get through this recent extremeness of brrr chilly temperatures… thought I’d throw in a little sweet treat I make all the time for my boys.

Hot Cocoa Pudding topped with whipped cream AND shavings of candy bar pieces on the top!

Hot Cocoa Pudding with Homemade Whipped Cream Topping from SimplyGloria.comHot cocoa AND chocolate pudding are two of our most favorite chocolaty fast treats I make in our home. 

So, I thought I would just combine both of them together! 

If you’ve never attempted making pudding from scratch before, it is really much more simpler than you would ever expect.  You may not ever get to those pudding packages you have stored in the back of your cupboard after you make this kind of pudding.  Unless you make cookies with that pudding package!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Chocolate Pudding from #chocolate

This is a no-fail kind of recipe.  I promise.  

Hot Cocoa Pudding
Melted chocolate integrating with cream to create this savory custard-like chocolate pudding. Top it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate pieces. Hot Cocoa Pudding is delightfully eaten heated or cooled! Makes about 3 cups of pudding.
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  1. ½ cup sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. ½ teaspoon salt (I used kosher salt)
  4. 4 (0.71 ounce, each) envelopes of hot cocoa mix, I used ones with mini marshmallows inside
  5. 4 egg yolks
  6. 3 cups whole milk
  7. ½ cup unsalted cold butter, cut into pieces
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 1 (4.25 ounces) large chocolate candy bar, I used Hershey's Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar. Save a square of the bar to garnish on top of the whipped cream. Use a vegetable peeler or a grater to shave the chocolate.
Whipped Cream Topping
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. In a heavy large sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, hot cocoa mix, and salt.
  2. Put on medium-high heat.
  3. Immediately add and whisk the milk and yolks (while burner is heating up).
  4. Continue to keep whisking while the liquid is heating up for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Once it starts to thicken and bubble, turn off burner and take the pan off the heat.
  6. Add the vanilla, pieces of candy bar, and cold butter pieces– while you are still stirring with your whisk.
  7. Once the butter and chocolate has melted, put into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin forming.
  8. Make sure the wrap is touching the pudding on the top.
  9. Refrigerator until cooled (about 2-4 hours) or over night.
Whipped Cream Topping
  1. Mix with a hand mixer the heavy cream, vanilla, and powder sugar on low speed. Once everything is combined and starting to thicken, turn up the speed until you have peaks in the cream.
  2. Put a dollop on top of the pudding and garnish with shaved chocolate bar pieces.
  3. Enjoy!
Simply Gloria
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Enjoy, my friends… and stay warm!


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    • says

      Well, it’s going to be still very snowy when you get over here next month! It’s a full on blizzard right now… and already got over a foot up here at the resorts… just within the last couple hours! You’ll be in love!
      Thanks, my friend!

  1. says

    Ohmahgosh, girl! I just LOVE this! Homemade pudding is always better than packaged mixes and your hot cocoa twist is so sweet. Love your styling and photography here. Read your About page and dig how you roll. (I’m crazy about my husband, too. And, appreciate when he does the dishes so I “can have a clean lab” as he says, LOL. Our guys are keepers!) I can’t wait to see what other tasty delights you come up with in 2014. Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year! Pinning (of course)!
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  2. says

    Gloria, there is just something about pudding that makes me happy – it’s definitely sweet comfort food and think takes us all back a little bit to when were young! This looks and sounds so awesome! Thanks for sharing – pinning and buffered! Hope you have a warm, happy and fun Thursday!
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    • says

      Isn’t that funny how pudding reminds us of when we were younger?! Crazy. Because that’s exactly what I think whenever I have some! Thanks, Cindy. Stay warm over your way, as well!

    • says

      Thank you so much for sharing, Trish! Your boys would really like this pudding. One of my boys like it straight out of the pot… and the others like it chilled. (=

    • says

      Tina, we’re going to look back on this chilly season at summer time… and think how we don’t want winter to come back so fast… at least that’s what I’m already thinking! hehe (Our summers are so short.)

  3. says

    This looks fantastic Gloria! It’s been really cold here lately too but a taste of this hot cocoa pudding would definitely make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside:) It sounds so creamy and decadent and I can’t wait to try this – pinning:) Hope you and the boys try and stay warm 🙂

  4. says

    Hot cocoa pudding. Say what? I need this in my life, Gloria! For this morning’s breakfast would be perfect! Pinning and sharing on FB and Twitter today. Have a lovely weekend, Gloria! And stay warm. If you figure out a way to send some of that snow to me, I’d be one happy gal. 😉
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    • says

      Sarah, that’s around the time I made this the other day… and it’s sooo good right before lunch. But of course, I could eat any sweets for any meal! Have a great weekend!

  5. says

    Hi Gloria!! I was just thinking last night that hot, homemade chocolate pudding sounded SOOO good. You read my mind!! There is nothing I love more than warm chocolate pudding on a cold night. I will likely make this tonight after dinner. Squeeeel!!!! I might not be able to wait until tonight. 🙂 Stopping by from Show stopper saturday. Thanks so much for hosting another great party. Have a wonderful week! ~Erin
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