Microwave Made Chocolate Pudding

Simple, fast and really, really good. Surprise yourself with this new way of making pudding.

1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa (I use Hershey’s)
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups whole milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Redi-Whip – (optional, but why not?)

Using a 1-quart microwaveable bowl, mix the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch & salt together. Stir/whisk in the milk and vanilla until smooth. Microwave this, uncovered, on high power for 3 full minutes. Stir, then microwave again for 5 minutes longer, or until thickened. It may take an additional 1 – 2 minutes more. Stir. BE CAREFUL, THE BOWL GETS HOT!

Spoon into the individual dishes and place in the fridge – they’ll be ready in about an hour or less. (Note, placing plastic wrap directly onto the pudding while it is cooling will prevent the “skin” from forming if you don’t like pudding skin). Pipe the whipped topping on if using. Enjoy!