Frugal Foreigner From Scratch: Homemade Chocolate Pudding

When I want something sweet, this homemade chocolate always hits the spot. Happily, all the ingredients are easily available in India – something that can’t be said for chocolate chip cookies. Once you try this delicious , you won’t want to go back to store bought. Not only is this chocolate recipe easy and tastier than store bought , it is cheaper, too! Ounce per ounce, even store brand mix costs more than making your own from scratch.

I originally found this recipe in the More-with-Less Cookbook, a great resource if you’d like to cook more from scratch.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups cold milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in medium saucepan. Whisk in milk. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. This takes about 20 minutes. Once the pudding is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

I cool the chocolate pudding on the counter, stirring occasionally, then cool in the fridge with a layer of plastic wrap on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. You can also serve warm.

The last time I made this, I served the chocolate pudding with crumbled chocolate cookies (Indian Oreo ripoffs) to make Dirt. This was my preschooler’s snack when we learned about W is for Worm. Gummy worms would be perfect for serving in Dirt, but of course there are no gummy worms in India. I thought about using my homemade fruit snacks recipe to make some gummy worms, but I realized I’d sooner find gummy worms themselves than a suitable mold.


  1. Rachel says

    I SO wish I had access to this a year ago. We lived in India for a year and it was a nightmare! We never saw a foreigner there and lived in a very bad part of Delhi. I so could have used all of the tricks and wisdom you have gained there. What a blessing to read your blog.:)

  2. Susie Chadwick says

    Thank you, Rachel. I am fortunate to know several people through my husband’s work and through our church who have helped me along. I don’t know what I would do without them!

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