Friday, February 11, 2011


Old habits die hard and even though I've been retired almost 7 years, I still love a snow day. When I checked the fridge for WW approved,  low carb snacks, I realized we were out of DSO's favorite Jello mousse. Having a whole day before me with no "must do's," I decided to find a recipe for a lightened chocolate pudding. I found a likely candidate on the Cooking Light website.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)


  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa
  • 3  tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 3  tablespoons  dark brown sugar
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 4  cups  2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3  large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2  ounces  bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Place egg yolks in a bowl. Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg yolks, stirring constantly. Return milk mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from heat, and add chopped chocolate and vanilla extract, stirring until the chocolate melts. Spoon pudding into a small bowl. Place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until pudding is cool, stirring occasionally. Remove bowl from ice; cover and chill.

This was just a bit more complicated than making a boxed chocolate pudding, but the results were oh, so much better. While I wouldn't consider this low carb (43 g) or an everyday treat (8 WW pts), it was a lovely, comforting bowl of chocolatey goodness. Many people have never tasted real pudding and don't realize how different it tastes from pudding cups or instant pudding. Next time you have a snow day, try it.   


  1. Lovely homemade comforting chocolate pudding nothing better than this!

  2. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love all the different prints and colors and that little lacey butterfly is so pretty. You are definitely multi-talented!

    I tried making homemade chocolate pudding once. It didn't end well. Yours looks delicious. Perfect for enjoying on a snow day.

    Have a great weekend Arlene.

  3. oh this is brilliant, i love homemade pudding!

  4. Real, homemade pudding is soooo much better than a package mix. This is one of my favorite comfort food treats.

  5. The pudding looks delicious!
    Your quilt is amazing!

  6. Mmm...perfect indulgent comfort food--I would love to curl up with a bowl. ;-)

  7. Oh, I NEED to make this today! The perfect Valentine's Day food. Thanks Arlene :-)

  8. Delicious and perfect for a cold and special day!!! happy valentine's day.

  9. I've only made pudding from scratch a few times but it is so much better than anything from a box!

    Your quilt is so pretty, Arlene!

    ♥ Happy Valentine's Day!♥

  10. I have never made chocolate pudding from scratch...i really need to. Sounds wonderful =)


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