Chocolate Pudding-easy as 1-2-3
What kid doesn’t like chocolate pudding? It seems though that chocolate pudding is not something we make at home anymore. I wonder if some kids even know it is possible to make it at home. When I was growing up pre-packaged food existed but it did not encompass the massive selection we have today. As a kid, I remember my mom making pudding at home. I remember it because there were always lumps in it and had a thick skin on top, which I hated. Chocolate pudding is the easiest thing to make ever, and it tastes so much better when you make it at home. The key to a lump free pudding is the stirring. While it is heating up and thickening it needs to be stirred continually. Don’t worry though, it does not take long…nothing like risotto! As an adult I realize now why my mom’s pudding was always lumpy. She had 4 kids under the age of 8 running around and there is no way she could stay committed to the stirring, not even for 5 min. I still hate pudding skin but there is a trick for that too. You just put saran wrap right on top of the pudding as it cools in the fridge. Pull the wrap off when you are ready to eat it and voila, creamy on top. If you are like George Costanza and you love pudding skin, leave the pudding exposed to the air and you will have a nice skin on top.
Step One: Put the following items in a pot and stir until it is all mixed in. Don’t heat yet.
6 Tbsp Cocoa powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 Tbsp Cornstarch, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 Cups Half & Half
Step Two: Place pot over medium heat and stir continuously until pudding begins to thicken. Add 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate when it becomes really hot. When it bubbles around the edges and the chocolate has melted take off heat and pour into your prefered pudding dishes. Margarita glasses look nice. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in fridge.
Step Three: Remove from fridge when pudding has cooled and EAT. You can top it with whip cream and chocolate shavings. I put a mint leaf on mine as well.
And that’s all there is to it folks.