Decadently Rich Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe

One bite of this double chocolate pudding recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, and you’ll be hooked for life. From the first spoonful, you’ll know that this is no ordinary pudding. It’s rich, decadent and packed with chocolatey goodness that will send your taste buds into overdrive.

If you’re anything like me, you have a deep appreciation for all things chocolate. There’s something about the combination of cocoa powder and chocolate chips that just melts in your mouth and hits all the right spots. And let me tell you, Ina Garten knows how to do chocolate right.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether you’re looking to indulge in a cozy night at home or add some pizzazz to your dinner party spread. The best part? The recipe is incredibly easy to follow. You don’t need to be a master baker to pull this off – just follow along and let the magic happen.

Now, let’s get started on making some seriously delicious double chocolate pudding. Trust me, after one bite, you won’t regret it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Barefoot Contessa's Double Chocolate Pudding
Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll fall in love with Ina Garten’s Double Chocolate Pudding recipe. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion, from a cozy night in to a dinner party with friends.

What sets this recipe apart is the combination of cocoa powder and melted chocolate, giving it a deep and intense chocolate flavor. The texture is incredible as well- thick, velvety smooth and creamy- making it irresistible to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Made with high-quality ingredients like heavy cream, pure vanilla extract, unsalted butter, and good cocoa powder, this recipe promises to deliver the ultimate indulgence. It’s classic comfort food that brings back memories of childhood and nostalgia.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding also has the added bonus of being easy to make due to its simple and straightforward recipe. Perfect for beginner bakers or those short on time, making it low-stress as there are minimal steps involved.

This recipe is sure to get your guests’ mouths watering and earn you compliments galore. Once you master it, it’ll quickly become your go-to dessert. So get your apron on and start whipping up Ina Garten’s Double Chocolate Pudding!

Ingredient List

 The ultimate chocolate indulgence!
The ultimate chocolate indulgence!

Before starting with the recipe, let’s make sure we have all the necessary ingredients for the Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe. The list includes:

  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (use a good quality)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 extra large egg yolks
  • 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips (use a high-quality brand)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Don’t hesitate to double-check your pantry to make sure you have everything. Barefoot Contessa is known for using quality ingredients, and her Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe is no exception!

The Recipe How-To

 Rich, creamy, and oh-so-decadent!
Rich, creamy, and oh-so-decadent!

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients for this double chocolate pudding recipe from Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten, it’s time to put everything together to create a decadent and luxurious dessert. Follow these easy steps to make a dessert that will satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until well-mixed.

Step 2: Mix in the Wet Ingredients

In a pot, heat 4 cups of milk with 2 cups of heavy cream over low-medium heat until steaming. Take the pot off the heat and whisk in the dry ingredients until smooth.

Step 3: Cook the Pudding

Place the pot back on medium heat and cook while continually whisking for about 5-7 minutes or until the pudding thickens. When you get to this step, make sure to stir occasionally so that it won’t stick to the bottom.

### Step 4: Set Aside and Add Chocolate Chips

Remove the pudding mixture from heat and stir in 12 ounces of chopped good-quality semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate until melted.

Step 5: Add Butter and Vanilla extract

Add in 2 sticks of unsalted butter (cut into small pieces) one piece at a time while stirring. Then add in 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and mix thoroughly until butter is melted.

Step 6: Serve or Refrigerate

Pour the double chocolate pudding mixture into a large bowl or individual dessert bowls. Cover each bowl with cling film, putting them directly on top of the surface to help prevent skin forming on top.

Once you’ve made this dessert, it can be served hot or at room temperature. However, if you prefer a chilled dessert, then refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Now that you know how to make this decadent double chocolate pudding recipe, give it a try and share with family or friends who will go wild over its creamy texture and rich flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

 A sweet treat for your taste buds!
A sweet treat for your taste buds!

Are you looking to make some changes to this Double Chocolate Pudding recipe? Fear not, for there are plenty of substitutions and variations available that can transform the dessert to your liking!

Firstly, if you want to make a lighter version of this chocolate pudding, you can substitute the heavy cream used in the recipe with whole milk or half-and-half. Additionally, for a vegan version of this recipe, swap out the dairy products with alternatives such as soy milk or coconut cream.

Looking to add a twist to this classic recipe? Try experimenting with different types of chocolate – dark chocolate or even white chocolate can create a unique and delicious flavor profile. Adding a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg can also bring warm, spicy notes to the dish.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take it up a notch, try layering this Double Chocolate Pudding with other desserts. It pairs perfectly with brownies, pound cake, or even bread pudding. You could also smother it with sweet toppings like chocolate frosting, berries or whipped cream.

For those who love a crunchy texture, consider sprinkling chopped nuts or crushed biscuits over your pudding before serving. Or try drizzling it with some espresso sauce for an indulgent treat.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations on this Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe! Don’t be shy about trying different combos until you get something that works just for you.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers!
The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers!

After you’ve created your luscious double chocolate pudding, it is ready to be served and enjoyed. There are many ways to enjoy this rich and decadent treat. One of my favorite ways to serve this double chocolate pudding is to top it with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of chocolate chips. The smooth and creamy texture of the pudding pairs perfectly with the airy and light texture of whipped cream.

You can also serve this dessert on its own or with some fresh berries on top for added freshness and sweetness. The tartness of the berries balances out the rich flavors of the double chocolate pudding, making it satisfying without being too heavy.

For those who love coffee or tea, you can pair this dessert with a hot cup of your favorite beverage. The pairing will offer a pleasing contrast between the warmth of the drink with the cool soothing texture of the pudding.

Lastly, If you’re in the mood for an indulgent treat, try adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of your warm double chocolate pudding. As it melts onto the top layer of the pudding, it creates an even more luxurious treat- perfect fora special occasion or weekend treat.

Overall, this double chocolate pudding pairs well with so many different things that make it highly versatile!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

One of the best things about this Double Chocolate Pudding recipe is that you can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. In fact, I recommend making it a day in advance because the flavors tend to meld together even better overnight.

Once you’ve made the pudding, let it cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to serve, simply take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before digging in.

If you have any leftovers, you can always reheat them in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to prevent the pudding from sticking to the bottom of the pan. You could also try reheating it in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, making sure to stir well between each heating. However, keep in mind that reheating can change the texture of your Double Chocolate Pudding slightly, so make sure not to overdo it.

Lastly, I do not recommend freezing this pudding recipe as it can ruin its consistency and texture. This is one dessert that definitely tastes best fresh!

Tips for Perfect Results

Before getting ready to whip up this indulgent dessert, read through these tips for perfect results that will guarantee a flawless outcome.

First off, be sure to use high-quality ingredients. This recipe calls for good cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract, so avoid using substitutes. In addition, it’s crucial to use the right type of chocolate—two types of chocolate are melted in a double boiler before adding them to the pudding mixture. I recommend using high-quality dark chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate for a rich, decadent taste.

Another essential tip when making this recipe is to thoroughly mix the pudding mixture. The cornstarch in the recipe is what makes the pudding thick and creamy, but if it is not mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients, it can leave lumps in your pudding that you definitely do not want.

When melting the chocolate in a double boiler, make sure to constantly whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. If there are any lumps, they will affect the texture of your finished pudding. Similarly, when mixing together the sugar and cornstarch in a separate bowl, be sure to whisk it together well to avoid clumps.

It’s also important to temper your egg yolks before adding them to the mixture. To do this, slowly pour some of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking continuously before adding everything back into the pot. Otherwise, the yolks may scramble due to the heat.

Furthermore, don’t skip allowing your pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This step ensures that everything sets properly and the flavors meld together perfectly.

Lastly, I recommend serving this delicious double chocolate pudding with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat. Trust me; it will take your dessert experience over the top!


As I have previously advised, making the perfect double chocolate pudding recipe requires precision, patience, and attention to detail. However, you might still encounter some difficulties and uncertainties when making this dessert for the first time. In this section (9), I outline answers to some frequently asked questions that are likely to arise when making this recipe. From ingredient substitutes to preparing in advance, let’s take a look at some of the most common queries surrounding this delicious dessert.

What is the most popular Ina Garten dessert?

Garten’s Brownie Pudding is my absolute favorite dessert recipe and it holds a special place in my heart as the top contender in my repertoire. As of January 4, 2023, this recipe has never failed to impress and satisfy anyone who has tried it.

How to make pudding chocolate?

Let’s start by gathering our ingredients: sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, salt, milk, butter, and vanilla. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually pour in the milk and mix everything together.

Next, it’s time to cook it up! Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 7 to 10 minutes. Be sure to stop and stir the mixture every 2 minutes. What we’re looking for is a full boil to ensure everything cooks evenly.

Once we’ve achieved that, take the bowl out and stir in the butter and vanilla. This will add a richness and depth of flavor to our dish. Finally, pour the mixture into individual dishes and let them cool off a bit before enjoying.

This recipe is quick and easy, but don’t rush the cooking process – the extra time and effort will pay off in the end.

How do you make snowflake creations saucy chocolate pudding?

To kick off, ensure your oven is preheated to a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Next up, get your hands on some butter, melt it, and mix it with milk while adding the pudding mix. Once you’ve achieved a smooth consistency, toss in some chocolate chips and give it a good stir. Don’t be shy with the mixing; the more, the merrier.

Now, pour the batter into a greased ovenproof dish measuring 20 x 20 cm. This is where the magic happens. Sprinkle the sauce mix evenly over the pudding batter, and to take things up a notch, add some boiling water, making sure it’s spread out evenly. Finally, it’s time to bake your creation. Place your dish into the oven and bake it for approximately 35 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook.

What is a pudding in the UK?

In the UK, it is a common practice to use the term “pudding” interchangeably with dessert, referring to any sugary dish served after the main course.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding recipe is one of the best chocolate dessert recipes out there, and for good reason. With its rich, velvety texture and intense chocolate flavor, this pudding recipe is perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert option or are planning a special occasion meal, this recipe is sure to impress.

With simple ingredients such as heavy cream, cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and unsalted butter, this recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep time. It’s also versatile enough to be adjusted to fit different dietary needs or preferences.

Whether you decide to enjoy the double chocolate pudding on its own or pair it with other desserts like chocolate cake or brownies, this recipe is sure to please. And with helpful tips on how to get the perfect texture and consistency, you can be confident in your ability to create the best version of this dessert.

So why not give it a try? You won’t regret making Ina Garten’s Double Chocolate Pudding recipe from the Barefoot Contessa!

Barefoot Contessa's Double Chocolate Pudding

Barefoot Contessa’s Double Chocolate Pudding Recipe

From Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook. The following is Ina's introduction to the recipe: Remember My-T-Fine chocolate pudding? It's the ultimate comfort food. Well, I like to take something familiar and bump up the flavor with high-quality ingredients. This pudding gets its flavor from good cocoa powder and imported semisweet chocolate. It's the real thing and, surprise!, it's not much harder to make than the packaged kind, and it's sooooo much better.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 827kcal


  • 6 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons very good cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ounce very good semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light yellow and thick in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium-high speed.
  • On low speed, add the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan and, with the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the chocolate mixture.
  • Combine well, then pour the mixture back into the pan.
  • Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon, until thickened.
  • If the mixture begins to curdle, remove it from the heat and beat it vigorously with a wire whisk.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, and mix until the chocolate and butter are melted.
  • Pour into serving bowls.
  • Place plastic wrap directly on the top of the pudding (to prevent a skin on top of pudding), and chill thoroughly.

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Serving: 207g | Calories: 827kcal | Carbohydrates: 87.2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 48.1g | Saturated Fat: 26.4g | Cholesterol: 714.6mg | Sodium: 235.6mg | Fiber: 5.2g | Sugar: 50.9g

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