My boys are always asking for snacks and sometimes, because we live in a rural area at least twenty minutes away from the nearest store, it’s not always economical or practical to make a trip to the grocery store. So, most of the time, their snacks consist of whatever I can make with whatever ingredients I have in my pantry. I found this recipe in my Better Home and Gardens Cookbook and tried it one day when I had nothing that I could quickly throw together. It turned out to be so delicious and easy to make, definitely better than the packaged puddings you get in the snack aisle. This one is a definite keeper, great for kids and grown ups too!
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 2/3 cups milk
4 beaten egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch.
Stir in milk. Then cook and stir mixture over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
Cook and stir for 2 more minutes.
Remove from heat and gradually stir in 1 cup of milk mixture into egg yolks. Add egg mixture to the rest of milk mixture in pan.
Bring mixture back to gentle boil, then reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in butter and vanilla extract.Pour pudding into bowl and cover. Refrigerate to chill and firm pudding, about 2-3 hours, then serve.
~Check out the original vanilla recipe in Better Home and Gardens New Cookbook-12th Edition!