chocolate pudding

During our last snow day I decided to make chocolate pudding.  Anderson kept talking about it because his buddy Caillou (a show for all non-Mom's) loves chocolate pudding.  I try to limit Anderson's Caillou viewing because the kid really isn't nice to his parents or sister often and they really don't discipline him, but then again there are times when Caillou is sweet and I'm glad he's watching a show that seems more easy to follow than other cartoon nonsense.

I looked up chocolate pudding and was happy to find a one bowl wonder of a recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  It was of course delicious and to help with portion control for Anderson (and myself) I put it in these vintage cups and stored them on a platter in the fridge.  The pudding lasts three days and that's about as long as it could last around here.

The pudding was delicious- just what you'd hope for in a childhood treat.

Recipe thanks to and loosely adapted from Deb of Smitten Kitchen.  

Ingredients You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 6 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate or I used 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
1.  Combine the cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a saucepan.  Slowly whisk in the milk then stir til lumps are gone.  Place over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk.  

2.  After about 10 minutes- before it starts to simmer- the mixture will be thickened and coat a spoon. Add the chocolate now, and continue stirring for 2-4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

3.  Distribute among cups and chill 2-3 hours in the fridge.  Enjoy!

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