no bake hot chocolate pudding

No Bake Hot Chocolate Pudding

If you love hot chocolate (and if you know, you know my signature recipe) – it stands to good reason that you’ll love this no-bake hot chocolate pudding. It’s prepared in a similar – superlatively simple – fashion that involves tossing together a handful of store-cupboard staples into a saucepan and giving it all a good whisk until that gloriously-chocolatey mixture thickens to a pud-like consistency with an undeniably come-hither appeal.

A good old fashioned knob of butter is the (not-so) secret ingredient here, imparting a lush touch of creaminess. Speaking of which, a swoop of crème fraîche on top is always a good idea, or you could simply scatter along a sprinkling of cacao nibs for a bittersweet woodsy crunch.

I like to serve these puddings in whimsical cups guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day. You can serve them hot off the stove, or if you prefer – refrigerate them before serving for a more mousse-like consistency. Both options are equally delicious!

No-Bake Recipes: Hot Chocolate Pudding

hot chocolate pudding


  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ tbsp cornstarch (reduce to 1 tbsp if you’d like a thinner consistency)
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 70 gm dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Cacao nibs (optional)


  • Add the milk to a pot on medium-low heat. Sift in the cocoa powder, sugar and cornstarch. Add a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Continuously stir the mixture.
  • Once the mixture simmering, add the chopped chocolate and butter. Continue whisking until the pudding thickens.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a sieve to smoothen the texture (we don’t want any lumps!).
  • Top with cacao nibs (optional but recommended). Or you could simply add a swoop of cream or crème fraîche on top.
  • Serve straight away or refrigerate if you’d prefer a mousse-like consistency.

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