Does anyone remember when Wendy’s had a salad bar? Well, I sure do. And I remember having a tough time deciding what I should get to eat whenever we went there. Do I get a kids meal and a toy, and maybe if I’m lucky a tiny frosty? Or do I get the salad bar, eat a small amount of vegetables and soup and then gorge myself on pudding? I’m not sure which option won the most, but I do remember many a time, eating bowls and bowls of pudding…mostly chocolate.
But lets be real, pudding ranks towards the bottom of my favorite dessert list. I mean I went through all 4 years of college, where pudding was available for lunch and dinner, and I think I maybe had it a total of 3 times ever, while there. When ice cream and cookies are in the picture…well you know. Which would you choose? It’s kinda a no brainer…
HOWEVER, this is probably due to the fact that those puddings were whipped up quick from a box…warm, with that gross film on top because everyone else chose ice cream too. I’ve never had homemade pudding before and now I think it might be my go to dessert for John and I to enjoy on a night in. It’s quick and simple, and of course Delicious. And the way I make it, it’s relatively low in calories (I say that loosely). This dark chocolate pudding was my first attempt at making homemade pudding and it was so easy! I’m looking forward to trying new varieties of this treat in the very near future because this creamy treat is a must have!
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
3 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk (This is where making it relatively low calorie comes in, I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk which has 40 calories per cup)
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, and salt in saucepan.
Turn stove on medium, and whisk in milk, then egg yolk.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
If you are serving this up for guests, or just want to add a little bit more of a dimension to the yumminess, you can do a little something like this:
1/2 c frozen (or fresh) strawberries
1 tbsp strawberry jelly
Puree strawberries and jelly together until smooth.
3/4 c heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp powdered sugar
Whip cream and sugar until peaks form.
Drizzle strawberry topping over the pudding, then put dollops of whipped topping on top of that. Drizzle with more strawberry topping, and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
So there you have it, an easy, yet impressive looking and delicious dessert! Perfect for Valentines Day!