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Test Kitchen Approved

Chocolate Bay Pudding

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

The California bay leaf adds a refreshing almost liqueur-like quality to the classic chocolate pudding.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with whipped cream or shaved/chopped chocolate.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from a combination of chocolate pudding recipes from Washington Post and Food Renegade.


1.5 cups half and half

4 Tbsp. cornstarch

½ cups whole milk

⅓ cups honey

½ cups dark chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe


Place half and half and bay leaves in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the liquid begins to bubble around the edges, remove from heat and cover. Let stand for 30 min.

Remove bay leaves and return saucepan to medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together cornstarch, cocoa powder, milk, and honey. Whisk this mixture into infused half and half. Whisk constantly over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 min. until the mixture thickens. Turn off heat and add chocolate chips, vanilla, and butter and stir until chips are melted into the pudding.

Enjoy warm or transfer to a container and chill. If chilling, cover so that plastic wrap is pressed against the top layer of the pudding so that no skin will form. After chilling, stir or whisk pudding again to get a smooth texture for serving.