Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This Chocolate Pudding recipe is full of creamy, rich chocolate flavor topped with clouds of meringue. Get this chocolate pudding recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.


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This Chocolate Pudding Recipe is an old favorite dessert recipe in my family. I remember Mama and my grandmother both making it routinely for family events and special occasions.

Since I always loved to help in the kitchen, it was my job to help gather together all the ingredients, stand as close as possible while she cooked the chocolate pudding and advise her when I thought it was ready. I love how she included me and made me think she couldn’t possibly make it right without my help! Gosh, I sure hope I have the same level of patience with my son that they both had with me!

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I will say though that watching the egg whites turn to froth  as we made the meringue had to be my favorite part of the chocolate pudding making process. From one minute they looked like a big ol’ mess and then, with a few more minutes of whipping that seemed like magic, they were mounds of puffy clouds ready for topping our chocolate pudding.

The smell in the house when we’d pull the chocolate pudding out of the oven just as the meringue had turned the perfect hint of gold was always amazing and one that I brings back so many memories when I smell it now.

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Here’s my family’s Chocolate Pudding Recipe.  Hope you love it.

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Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This Chocolate Pudding recipe is full of creamy, rich chocolate flavor topped with clouds of meringue. Get this chocolate pudding recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pudding, chocolate pudding recipe, chocolate pudding with meringue, old fashioned chocolate pudding, southern chocolate pudding
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Meringue Recipe


  • Place cocoa, sugar, flour, and salt into large saucepan. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add 1 cup milk and stir until all dry ingredients are mixed well into milk. Add remaining milk and mix thoroughly.
  • Heat over medium low heat until mixture begins to thicken, stirring continuously.
  • Beat egg yolks. Pour small amount of chocolate mixture into egg yolks and mix thoroughly. Add egg-chocolate mixture back into pudding mixture, stirring continuously.
  • Add butter and vanilla. Continue to heat until pudding is thickened.
  • Pour into oven-safe bowl.
  • Top with meringue and bake at 350 about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Robyn xo

21 comments on “Chocolate Pudding Recipe”

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe….making pudding from scratch seems to be a lost art and it’s great to make with your kids while showing them the science part of cooking. Too many people reach for a box and settle for instant and it’s so easy to make it homecooked tasty with ingredients usually found in the pantry. Love your recipes and comments.

  2. Robyn,
    We never had homemade chocolate pudding. Ours was always from a box but we didn’t know any better. Pinned.

  3. My favorite pudding…this looks amazing. The meringue puts it over the top! Will be making very soon. Thanks….

  4. How much salt?

  5. I love the Meringue on top! It looks so crunchy!

  6. This looks so wonderful!

  7. Looks heavenly! Does this need to be served right away? How far in advance can I make this?

  8. This is like my Mother use to make. So glad to find this .

  9. We love homemade chocolate pudding — but adding the meringue…Wow! Do you chill it or serve it hot?

    • We generally serve it hot, but cold is out of this world too! I always try to have just a “little bit” left so that we can have it cold the next day. 🙂

  10. My husband would devour the pudding!! He is more of a whipped cream topping lover rather than meringue but that will be easy to change. Pinning it!!

  11. My pudding does not seem very thick does it thicken when you bake it?

  12. My mother made this as a pie in a baked crust. A family tradition now with my grandkids.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Robyn!
    I was inquiring whether this recipe could be doubled or not. My Momma made one similar to this, it served 12. But yours Robyn had a couple more ingredients that I liked.

  14. I am going to make your recipe but have one question. Is that the correct amount of butter, one whole stick?

  15. If you aren’t adding the meringue does it still need to be baked?

  16. My question is the same as Cora’s….one cube of butter?

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