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White Chocolate Pudding

Thick, creamy, and decadent, this White Chocolate Pudding recipe is made completely from scratch. Believe it or not, homemade pudding is so easy to make! Pair it with whipped cream and chopped pistachios, or serve alongside fresh fruit.

Three glass dishes filled with homemade white chocolate pudding and garnished with pistachios and whipped cream.

Creating This Easy Homemade Pudding

This white chocolate pudding recipe is incredibly easy to make. And so delicious that I couldn’t even wait until dinner tonight to have some of the leftovers, but instead ate it at lunch! I’m sure I’ll be sorry later when I see Eric enjoying his and there is none left for me.

I added just a touch of lemon zest for a lemon-white chocolate version. It was the perfect background flavor and didn’t overpower the velvety smooth white chocolate. Definitely not a low-fat dessert, but paired with a light dinner I think it’s perfect.

Originally I wanted to garnish the pudding with raspberries. The grocery store was sold out, so pistachios it was.

Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. Recently, I had some pistachio gelato and ever since have been inspired to use pistachios in a dessert. While this isn’t a pistachio-based dessert, they added a nice touch — both in flavor and in presentation.

White Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

I made this homemade pudding from scratch, but don’t let that intimidate you. Making homemade pudding is just as easy as making the cook and serve kind sold at the grocery store.

Here’s what you’ll need to make white chocolate pudding:

  • Cornstarch
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Half and half
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg yolks
  • White chocolate
  • Whole milk
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make White Chocolate Pudding

This is an easy homemade pudding recipe that requires just 15 minutes of prep work, and then it’s ready to go into the fridge.

  1. Sift the cornstarch, sugar, and salt into a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Slowly whisk in the half and half, heavy cream, and egg yolks. Next, whisk in the milk and white chocolate.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding coats the spoon very thickly.
  5. Stir in the butter and vanilla.
  6. Divide into six dessert dishes and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

How Long Does Homemade Pudding Last?

I recommend storing this white chocolate pudding in the fridge in an airtight container. If stored properly, it will last up to five days.

Can I Use Regular Chocolate Instead?

If you’d like to experiment with using semi-sweet, milk, or even dark chocolate in this recipe, be my guest.

However, I’ve only made this recipe as written and can’t speak to whether the white chocolate can be substituted one-for-one with another type of chocolate.

Tips for the Best Homemade Pudding

  • You must stir the pudding constantly on the stove, otherwise the milk may scorch on the bottom of the pan. If that happens, you’ll have to start over from scratch (trust me, you’ll be able to taste the burnt bits in the pudding).
  • I recommend using a good-quality, heavy-bottomed saucepan for this recipe. Again, you don’t want the pudding to burn on the bottom!
  • Use a good quality white chocolate to make this recipe. The white chocolate is the star of the recipe, so don’t buy the cheap stuff.

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Three glass dishes filled with homemade white chocolate pudding and garnished with pistachios and whipped cream.

White Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Thick, creamy, and decadent, this White Chocolate Pudding recipe is made completely from scratch. Pair it with whipped cream and chopped pistachios, or serve alongside fresh fruit.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 /3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • chopped pistachios
  • shaved white chocolate

Instructions

  1. Sift the cornstarch, sugar, and salt into a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Slowly whisk in the half and half, heavy cream, followed by the yolks.
  3. Next, whisk in the milk and white chocolate.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring gently but constantly with a wooden spoon, until the pudding coats the spoon very thickly, about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the butter and vanilla.
  7. Divide into 6 dessert dishes and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days.
  8. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chopped pistachios and shaved white chocolate.

Notes

adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Double-Chocolate Pudding.

Recipe variation: for a Lemon-White Chocolate Pudding, add the zest of 1/2 a lemon at the time you add the white chocolate.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 971Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 135mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 208gFiber 0gSugar 205gProtein 5g

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