Special Dark Chocolate Pudding


I recently read an article in Saveur about the best types of chocolate for making homemade chocolate pudding.  Surprisingly there were a few supermarket brands of chocolate that were clear winners in the experiment.  One of them being Hershey’s Special Dark.  Chocolate pudding and chocolate mousse are my favorite desserts so I had to give Special Dark a try in my own pudding recipe.  The results were terrific.  Rich, dark, smooth, not too bitter- no more fancy, expensive, hard-to-find chocolate necessary. This takes ten minutes to make- even better.  Makes 6 small ramekins or 4 large ones.

  • a scant 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 C. milk, I used 1%
  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • 4 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate, such as Special Dark (the bar comes in a convenient 4.25 oz. package, leaving one little rectangle of chocolate left over which you will have no choice but to eat yourself while you are making this.  What else are you going to do with it?)
  • 1 T. rum or other liqueur
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla

In a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt.  Slowly whisk in the milk and cream over medium-low heat.  Continue whisking until mixture begins to thicken and bubble, about four minutes.  Stir in the chopped chocolate until melted fully.  Remove from heat and stir in the rum and vanilla.  Divide into ramekins, cover, and chill.



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I am a mother of two children, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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5 Responses to Special Dark Chocolate Pudding

  1. Joemacca says:

    Something in life works in mysterious ways. Today, after my procedure, the nurse gave me a box lunch after I commented that I was hungry. Dessert? – chocolate pudding. It was a premade one but can’t wait to taste yours.

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    Rich, dark chocolate pudding in 10 minutess? Sold! Definitely need to try your recipe. Thanks!

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  4. Chris Macca's says:

    Had the good fortune of finally tasting your pudding and I must say that I don’t believe there is a tastier and more fulfilling chocolate pudding out there. It was a remarkable culinary experience.
    Joe Macca

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