Alice Medrich's Chocolate Pudding

Alice Medrich's Chocolate Pudding

Don't get fooled by the simplicity of a chocolate pudding. This rich, velvety dessert, flavored with bittersweet chocolate and rum, is a real crowd pleaser.Todd Coleman

For more information on which chocolate to use in this recipe, see The Proof is in The Pudding. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with our Saveur 100 article Alice Medrich.

Alice Medrich's Chocolate Pudding
Creamy and rich, this is the best chocolate pudding recipe we know.
Yield: serves 6


  • 13 cup sugar
  • 13 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 18 tsp. salt
  • 1 34 cups whole milk
  • 14 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. dark rum


  1. Whisk sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a 2-qt. saucepan. Slowly add milk and cream, whisking constantly; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, while whisking, until thickened and beginning to bubble at edges, 12-15 minutes. Add chocolate, and stir until smooth, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and rum. Divide between six 4-oz. ramekins, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until set, about 1 12 hours.