Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding
We recently explored the British take on pudding (sticky toffee pudding), so it seemed only fair to spend some time with its American counterpart. While in the UK, the word “pudding” can be used to describe any dessert, here in America, it specifically refers to a smooth, creamy concoction which far too often comes from a boxed mix or a plastic cup. We’re here to change that with our Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding recipe, which will show you how delicious this classic pudding dessert recipe can be when made with a little love.
American pudding evolved from 19th-century recipes for chocolate custard. These were actually marketed as health foods, since they were calorically rich and easy to digest for children and people who had trouble eating solid foods. It wasn’t until the introduction of boxed pudding mix in 1934 that pudding, as we know it today, became a staple across the country. Today, you’ll encounter a wide variety of pudding flavors in the baking aisle of any grocery store, but chocolate is by far the most popular. It also happens to be our favorite, especially when made from scratch.
If you’re picturing the bland, vaguely-chocolatey pudding cups you used to get in your school lunches, think again. Our homemade pudding recipe combines rich chocolate with the sweet, buttery flavor of hazelnut. These flavors are balanced by the subtle sophistication of our pure Madagascar vanilla extract. Sprinkle on some chopped hazelnuts for a bit of crunch, and you’ve got a pudding that kids of all ages will be trying to trade their other treats for.