Chocolate pudding in a jiffy

November 20, 2010  •  Category:


OK. This is no masterpiece. It is a plain, simple, speedy chocolate pudding that takes 10 minutes from concept to execution.

It takes less time and effort to make than getting in the car to buy the ready-made ones at the supermarket.

INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of half-and-half (or whipping cream for a richer taste)
  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch, plus one tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa (good quality if possible)
  • a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne or chili powder


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan with the sugar, cocoa, pinch of paprika, stirring from time to time until dissolved.
  2. Mix the cornstarch with the half-and-half or cream till dissolved; as soon as the milk starts steaming, pour the cornstarch mixture and stir constantly. Add a teaspoon of vanilla if you wish. The mixture should thicken within minutes. When it is very thick, pour through a sieve into a small jug. Pour into small ramequins and let the pudding cool on the countertop. Refrigerate.


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  1. Angie's Recipes says:

    A pudding in 10 minutes, and it’s chocolate with that smooth and creamy texture! Amazing!

  2. Kulsum at JourneyKit says:

    Chocolate pudding in a jiffy in exactly what we need at times. I really love such recipes and can’t wait for that moment of chocolate fix to whip this up 😀 Belated Eid wishes Jumana,so sorry for not doing it before.

  3. Katerina says:

    It may not be a masterpiece but it is something anyone in the family could eat. And I love the addition of smoked paprika in it. Thank you for your lovely comment in my blog.

  4. Lentil Breakdown says:

    Wow, that sounds easy. Is it unsweetened cocoa or Dutch process? Have you ever tried adding any liqueur?

    • Joumana says:

      @Lentil Breakdown: The cocoa I used is unsweetened and Dutch-process (brand is Droste, from Holland); I have never tried liqueur with it, you are giving me a swell idea! 🙂

  5. Sweet Artichoke says:

    ohoho, a delicious and quick chocolate treat!
    The addition of smoked paprika or chilli is something I want to try! I have just bought a tin of smoked paprika (felt in love with the design of the tin) and was wondering how to use it…

  6. oum mouncifrayan says:

    le résultat est parfait!!! grand bravo pour la réalisation..bisosu

  7. Rosa says:

    Mmmhhh, delicious!



  8. Heavenly Housewife says:

    When I see this recipe, I think of my mother. I know she would love this.
    I hope you are having a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  9. Cherine says:

    This looks really good!

  10. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Now see this is a recipe I MUST have when I have a sweet tooth attack and I have no prepared sweets in the house. Bookmarked.

  11. pierre says:

    coucou joumana
    ça ressemble à de la Danette qu’on a en France tu connais !!!

  12. Sally says:

    Book-marked – I know my daughters and husband will love this especially with the touch of spice.

  13. lisaiscooking says:

    Cooler weather and comfort foods like pudding seem to go hand in hand. This one sounds fantastic with the added smoked paprika!

  14. Foodycat says:

    I’ve never had American-style chocolate pudding. I think this should be my first!

  15. Lea Ann says:

    How did you know I’ve been craving Chocolate pudding? Looks wonderful!

  16. joudie kalla says:

    Joumana, what a great way to have a wonderufl choc pudding in ten minutes! Cant wait to try it out! Very excited about this! VERY!

  17. 5 Star Foodie says:

    What a terrific quick recipe! I love your addition of smoked paprika!

  18. SYLVIA says:

    this is a naughty dessert, and wickedly delicious. Look no further for the ultimate chocolate pudding this is the one you’ve been looking for. This is impossible to resist, it’s a flavor that takes me back to my childhood birthday parties where we all adored it.

  19. Ann says:

    i’m baaack! 😉 Yum, who needs an excuse for some chocolate ina jiffy? Looks divine! Hope your transition back to lebanon has gone smoothly =)

  20. Philip says:

    Hi Joumana, if you have any traveling pictures from Beirut, you may send me to host them in my traveling blog. Best regards, Philip

  21. heguiberto says:


    Happy Thanksgiving to you! Do you celebrate it in Lebanon?
    We will be spending the day eating good vegetarian food and drinking good wine in the company of friends. Life is good. Peace and love to you and your family!


  22. Dana says:

    I tried a homemade chocolate pudding recipe recently, and it turned out to be more of a chocolate soup that made for fabulous hot chocolate when heated. I’m glad yours was successful, it looks great!

  23. Bianca says:

    Saw your recipe by chance yesterday and made 2 portions (using half the given amounts) right away. It indeed took hardly even 10 minutes.
    I garnished the pudding with some dried coconut, as I was in a hurry. Chopped pistachio nuts also would have been very nice.
    The dessert was a great success with my neighbour of 94 years, for whom I prepare daily lunch, and also with a guest later in the evening; I’ll now have to translate the recipe into German for him ;).

    Thanks and best wishes, Bianca.

    PS I’ve spent the winter of 68/69 in Lebanon: beautiful place, lovely people, great food! Too sad what happened to the country afterwards.

  24. Medifast Coupons says:

    What a quick and easy way to get a great chocolate pudding! Super recipe.

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