Hot-Chocolate Pudding Ghosts


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes3 cups pudding or 6 ghosts
Hot-Chocolate Pudding Ghosts

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Delight your little goblins and ghouls with this rich and creamy ghosty treat. It's your mom's classic cornstarch pudding with a twist.


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup hot-chocolate powder

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 3 cups 2% milk

  • 56 g unsweetened chocolate, (about 2 squares), chopped

  • 1 tsp vanilla

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups 35% cream

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 12 mini chocolate chips


  • In a large saucepan over medium, combine pudding ingredients. Bring to boil, whisking frequently. Simmer, whisking constantly, until pudding thickens, 1 to 2 min. Scrape into a bowl and apply plastic wrap directly to pudding surface to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate at least 1 hr.

  • Divide pudding among cups.

  • In a large bowl, beat cream using an electric mixer on medium-high until soft peaks form, about 2 min. Sprinkle sugar overtop, then continue beating for 1 min. Scrape cream into a piping bag fitted with a large #7 round tip. Pipe swirls on top of pudding. Place chocolate chip “eyes” on whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Originally published in the Today's Parent October 2014 issue.

This article was originally published on Sep 08, 2014

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