By Erin Huffstetler | 05/24/2016 | 10 Comments
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Those little boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix are convenient, but they’re loaded with artificial flavors and colors. Replace them with this homemade version. It’s no-cook, just like the store-bought kind, but doesn’t contain all the junk.
Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
This recipe will make enough mix for four batches of chocolate pudding.
Pro Tip: Ever struggled to get cocoa to dissolve in liquid? Use Dutch-processed cocoa in this recipe, and you won’t have that issue.
Instant Clear Jel is the secret ingredient that makes instant pudding instant. It’s a modified cornstarch that’s able to thicken foods without cooking. You probably won’t find it at your local grocery store, since it’s kind of a specialty item. I ordered mine from Amazon. Just be sure to buy Instant Clear Jel, not Clear Jel. Only the instant kind works without cooking.
Clear Jel can also be used to make pie filling, since it’s able to stand up to high temperatures and acidic ingredients. I bought a big container, so I could experiment with all its different uses.
Okay, now that you know a bit about Clear Jel, let’s get on to our instant chocolate pudding mix, shall we?
What You Do:
Measure all of your ingredients into a large bowl. To get your measurements right, spoon the ingredients into your measuring cups, instead of using your measuring cup to scoop them out. Scooping will put extra ingredients in your recipe.
Then, mix all the ingredients together, and break up any clumps.
Transfer your finished instant chocolate pudding mix to an air-tight container. It fits nicely in a quart jar. I’ve been using smooth-sided Ball jars, since labels go over them nicely. You can find them at craft stores like Michael’s.
Free Printable Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix Labels
I’ve started using water-proof labels on my mix jars, so I’ll be able to wash the jars without messing up the labels. I have a color laser printer, so I’ve been using these. If you have an inkjet, these are the ones you want.
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Single-Batch Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
If you only want to make enough chocolate pudding mix to replace one 3.9-oz box of store-bought chocolate pudding mix, use:
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup Instant Clear Jel
Ready to try your pudding mix out? Let’s do it!
No-Cook Instant Chocolate Pudding
1 cup instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
What You Do:
Pour the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and add the mix. Then, beat with a mixer or whisk until the ingredients come together and the pudding begins to thicken, approximately two minutes. I use my immersion blender for this step.
Let your pudding sit for at least five minutes before serving. Like store-bought pudding mix, it’ll be thicker and tastier, if you wait 30 minutes (or more) before serving.
Variation: To create dairy-free or vegan chocolate pudding with this mix, just use soy, almond, coconut or rice milk instead.
For Pie: When making pie filling, store-bought pudding mixes call for using a bit less milk (1-3/4 cup) and cutting the beating time to one minute. I would do the same with this homemade mix. If you already have a pie recipe that you like, just replace the store-bought pudding mix called for with an equal amount of this mix. The 3.9-oz boxes contain 3/4 cup of pudding mix.
I’ve recently become enamored with quarter pint jars. They hold half a cup each, so they’re the perfect size for packaging up desserts and sides for lunchboxes.
This chocolate pudding recipe makes enough to fill five quarter-pint jars. That’s enough for a week’s worth of school or work lunches!
Better still: this pudding mix can be used to make a quick and easy two-ingredient chocolate ice cream.
To Make Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed)
- 1 cup Instant Clear Jel
To Make Instant Chocolate Pudding:
- 1 cup instant chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Measure out the ingredients. Be sure to spoon the cocoa and Instant Clear Jel into your measure cups, so you don’t end up with extra ingredient (scooping tends to do that).
Stir everything together until well combined. Then, store your instant chocolate pudding mix in an air-tight container. This fits perfectly in a quart jar.
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Beat with a mixer or whisk, until everything comes together and the pudding begins to thicken, approximately two minutes. An immersion blender is great for this task.
Allow pudding to rest at least five minutes before serving. Like store-bought pudding mix, it’ll be thicker and tastier, if you wait 30 minutes (or more) before you eat it.
Recipe Variation: To make dairy-free or vegan chocolate pudding with this mix, just use soy, almond, coconut or rice milk instead.
Pie Filling: Use 3/4 cup of pudding mix and 1-3/4 cup milk. Cut the beating time to one minute. Already have a pie recipe that you like? Just replace the store-bought pudding mix called for with this homemade mix. The 3.9 oz. boxes hold 3/4 cup of mix.
Ice Cream: Use this pudding mix to make chocolate ice cream.
Nutrition Facts are for 1/2 cup of prepared pudding made from mix, using 2% milk.
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