The other day, my husband had a chocolate craving and we didn’t have any in the house. (For Shame!)
He was all set to go out in a pouring rain storm at ten at night to go to the store, when I remembered we had ShopRite hot chocolate packets in the pantry.
Hot chocolate goes hand in hand with cold weather, but it also makes a pretty great ingredient for baking and last minute “I Need Chocolate Now” cravings.
I made this easy stove top pudding. It takes about 15 minutes to make, not counting the time to chill, but I put the servings for the kids in the refrigerator and the hubby and I ate ours warm. I topped mine with chocolate-berry granola, and he opted for whipped cream. Craving managed.
EASY STOVE TOP HOT CHOCOLATE PUDDING
5-6 packets ShopRite hot chocolate mix with marshmallows
4 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk (I used 1% milk. Your pudding will be thicker and richer if you use whole milk. Do not use skim milk.)
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix the hot chocolate mix and flour in a saucepan and whisk in the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10-12 minutes, scraping sides and bottom of pan with a spatula. When mixture starts to thicken, stir for an additional 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla and pour into ramekins. Chill in the refrigerator or enjoy warm.
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