Instant pudding has one thing going for it: speed. But does speed have to come at the expense of flavor? We think not.
Why This Recipe Works
Cocoa powder provided a healthy dose of chocolate flavor to our Chocolate Pudding recipe, but we could only add so much before the pudding became too gritty. Milk chocolate chips offered just the right amount of chocolate flavor to complement the cocoa powder. A small dose of vanilla extract helped deepen the flavors of the pudding, while a dash of salt brought them forward. Switching neutral granulated sugar for more rounded, molasses-y brown sugar further improved the flavor of the pudding.
Omitting eggs from our Chocolate Pudding saved us the laborious step of straining our finished product to remove any stray bits of scrambled egg.