Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding with Cocoa Powder - Grandma's Recipe (2024)

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Recipe

I remember as a kid my mom always made pudding from scratch, and it wasn’t until I was older before I ever saw a box of store brand in her cupboard. Once I started cooking on my own, I much preferred the old fashioned homemade chocolate pudding made with real cocoa powder to the boxed pudding mix any day.

Keeping my kitchen recipes simple and usingthe most basic ingredients is what I strive for.

This homemade old fashioned chocolate pudding with cocoa powder fits right into my perfect recipe file.

An old-fashion recipemade with basicingredients that any homemaker will have on hand. This is what I love about this recipe the most, I always have everything I need in my pantry.

I’m able to buy raw milk from a local farm and our fresh eggs make this one of my go-to recipes.

Do you have a favorite old fashion recipe you use all the time?

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding with Cocoa Powder

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Serves 6

Simple old fashion recipe with common ingredients.



  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 1/2 cups whole milk (2% can be used)
  6. 4 egg yolks
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.
  2. On low heat whisk in milk one cup at a time until all combined.
  3. Slowly add eggs yolks whisking all together until smooth.
  4. Turn heat up to medium and continue to whisk until the mixture just starts to boil.
  5. Turn back down the heat to low and continue to whisk until pudding thickens. Approx. 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove pudding from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted and blended into pudding.
  7. Pour hot pudding into individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

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  1. Meon October 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Now you can make chocolate pie. It is not the same recipe that I use but who cares as long as you like it.


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yes I can and thanks for the reminder that this recipe will work great for a pie…I will just cut back the milk a bit to make it thicker.


  2. Terri Presseron October 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    This looks like a lovely recipe, might make it tonight for desert. I have a personal goal to not buy prepackaged mixes and bottled stuff, I like to make everything from scratch, thanks for sharing this recipe on Good Morning Mondays. Blessings


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I try hard not to use any pre-packaged food as well…


  3. Sahanaon October 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Lovely Recipe ! Thank you for sharing with us @ Home Matters Party. We would love to see you again next wednesday.


  4. Shirley Woodon October 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    This sounds so easy! I think even I could do it. I get in the mood for pudding sometimes. My Momma used to make delicious homemade pudding! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Home Matters. We just love you over there 🙂


  5. kaye winnon October 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    if you put a cup of left over coffee in the mix and leave a cup of milk out it will give the cocoa a more chocolaty taste.. I never use eggs in mine. does it change the texture or the taste?. I guess what i’m asking is why use the eggs.


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Kaye thanks for the tip about the coffee…I am going to try that! I have never made pudding without eggs so I am not sure what the difference would be. If you share your recipe with me I will be share to try it and let you know!


  6. JESon October 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I am excited to try your recipe! Mine has the chocolate bar in it which I don’t always have. Like you said, the best are the ones that you can make from your pantry! We will use our raw goats milk. I will let you know how it goes 😉 Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      I have made that pudding that calls for a chocolate bar, but I always go back to the recipe with cocoa since I always have that in my pantry.


  7. kaye winnon October 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    the pudding recipe has sort of evolved. I’ve been making it for at least 30 years and changed as my mood did. you start out with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for each cup of liquid. canned milk is richer, but I’ve made it with powdered milk too. you put 2 1/2 c. milk and 1/2 c.coffee(3 cups altogether) in a sauce pan with 1/4 c. of cocoa, and a little sugar say 1/4 cup, more if you like it sweet. we don’t like ours too sweet, you could even use sweetner. then stir in the cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. turn the heat on low to med, stirring to make sure the cornstarch if dissolved.cook till it is thichened, (use more cornstarch if you want pie) take off heat when thickened, add some vanilla, and a pat of butter. stir till butter is melted, pour into serving bowls or in to pie shell let cool. hope you like it. kaye


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Kaye thank you so much for sharing your recipe! It sounds like the one my mother-in-law uses. I am going to try yours and see what the difference is.


  8. Jayleen Zottion October 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Ooooh … my hubby is a big chocolate pudding fan. He usually makes it from a box but we have all of these ingredients!!! Yay! Thank you for the great recipe!


  9. Debra @ MsMoozys Open Houseon October 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    This just looks yummy! I wanted to let you know I will be featuring this post tomorrow on Tuesday with a Twist on my blog. Please stop by for a peek. 🙂 Have a great day.


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion October 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Debra I will be sure to stop by!


  10. JESon October 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Okay, just printed it out. Will try today 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  11. Lynnon September 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you I haven’t had choc. pudding in a long time because I don’t like the package taste. And I even have all the ingredients on hand. Have a great day!


  12. Bettyon January 28, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Really delicious! Just like Momma made. Thanks for sharing


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion January 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      It is the best homemade pudding recipe I have ever made!


  13. Michelle Girouxon January 4, 2017 at 12:50 am

    How about using soy or almond milk?


    • Tracy Fredrychowskion January 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Michelle I am sorry but I have never tried it with either of those milks , but I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t work. Please let me know if you try it.


      • Phyllis Jobeson November 26, 2019 at 10:04 pm

        I’m going to try it with coconut milk.


  14. April J Harrison September 21, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I love family recipes like this, Tracy! Your Homemade Chocolate Pudding looks so smooth and tasty, and it’s so much better for you than a boxed mix. Visiting via Miz Helen’s lovely party. If you have time, please do stop by The Hearth and Soul Link Party and share this post. The party is live on my site now, It’s the kind of ‘food for the soul’ recipe we are all about! Hope you are having a lovely week. Pinning this recipe to 2 of my boards.


  15. Miz Helenon September 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Your recipe for Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Cocoa Powder will be a big hit here at the cottage, we are pudding lovers. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


  16. Miz Helenon September 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Your post is featured on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday and pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen


  17. Jean | DelightfulRepast.comon September 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Now you’ve got me craving chocolate pudding! And I have all the ingredients. I’ll ever understand why anyone would use a box of pudding mix!


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