Chocolate pudding, even when homemade, isn’t exactly the most exciting option on the dessert menu. But it is easy. The ingredients are mostly always on hand. Kids love it. And, this should go without saying, chocolate pudding is, well, chocolate. All of which makes this mom love it.
But, you can do a few things to make chocolate pudding a little more exciting than just chocolate pudding.
Take these Chocolate Chip Cookie Pudding Parfaits, for example. We already had some leftover chocolate chip cookies and some whipping cream in the fridge. A few extra minutes of prep and this dessert goes from yum to YUM!
4 Easy Ways to Dress Up Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate Pudding Pie – Make a quick graham cracker crumb crust, pour the pudding in, top with a generous amount of whipped cream and garnish with shaved chocolate.
Individual Parfaits – Layer chocolate pudding with whipped cream, other flavors of pudding, granola, fresh fruits, nut butters, shredded coconut, crushed cookies, nuts or anything else that suits your fancy.
Trifle – Layer pudding with cubes of pound cake, brownie chunks, or leftover layer cake.
Crepes – Make your favorite recipe for dessert crepes and fill them with chocolate pudding and fresh fruit.
The kids have been asking what is for dessert for the past few days now after we finish up our dinner. I haven’t had anything too exciting to offer lately after being sick for a few days. Chocolate Chip Cookies (liked, but predictable), fruit leathers (is that even really a dessert?), chocolate chips (definitely doesn’t count), or nothing (positively the worst option of all).
Logan and Madeline were a little excited when I told them in the car on the way to school this morning that I was making chocolate pudding for dessert tonight.
I imagine they envisioned bowls of chocolate pudding, but they’ll be in for a fun surprise when they see me pull these tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Pudding Parfaits out of the fridge instead.
What fun things do you like to do with chocolate pudding?
More Fun Chocolate Pudding Recipes
- Triple Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Parfaits
- Healthier Chocolate Parfaits
- Dark Chocolate Orange Pudding
- Chocolate Pudding & Toasted Marshmallow Tarts | Handle the Heat
- Chocolate Pudding Pie | Hearts in My Oven
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pudding Parfaits
Yield: approximately 4-6 parfaits
2 1/2 CUPS chocolate milk, such as TruuMoo
5 ounces dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 large egg yolks
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar*
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*this will depend on the chocolate milk you use and how sweet it is and how sweet you would like your pudding. I used 1/2 cup of sugar.
For the chocolate pudding:
Combine the chocolate milk and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the chocolate has melted.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together with a wire whisk until pale yellow. Whisk in the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and vanilla.
While whisking, slowly pour the warm chocolate milk mixture into the whisked eggs. Then, pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick, whisking periodically so the pudding does not burn on the bottom of the pan.
Turn off the heat and let the pudding cool to room temperature, whisking periodically to prevent a skin from forming on top. Alternatively, you can pour the pudding into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap - pressing the plastic wrap down onto the surface of the pudding - and chill until cool.
To assemble the parfaits:
In a jar or other clear glass dessert dish, layer crumbled chocolate chip cookie crumbs, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. Do as many layers as you would like, but end with whipped cream on top. Garnish the whipped cream with chocolate sprinkles, shaved chocolate, or mini chocolate chips.
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