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!

Taste of Heaven

If Heaven were made of chocolate, then you could eat this whenever you wanted. It’s so versatile that it will become your own Taste of Heaven. It’s easy and pleasing for company or outdoor eating.

1 box fudge brownie mix – baked & cooled (or make my brownies)
1 box any flavor prepared and cooled instant pudding mix (or make my microwave pudding)
1 container tub of Cool-Whip (or whip up a batch of fresh from heavy cream)
Heath bar bits, or any choice of toppings, sprinkles, mini-chips, peanuts, etc. you wish

Into a trifle dish or large decorative bowl (preferably clear glass for the visual) break up 1/3 of the brownies, plop on 1/3 of the pudding, plop on 1/3 of the Cool-Whip, then layer these 2 more times, ending with Cool-Whip. Sprinkle on topping choice, refrigerate for just about 10 minutes before you place in decorative serving dishes. Kick off your shoes and enjoy!