6 Easy Dessert Recipes That Start With Chocolate Pudding

How to Take Chocolate Pudding and Turn It Into Pies, Cakes, Parfaits and More

Chocolate pudding can be the basis for countless easy dessert recipes. This collection will show you just how creative you can get with it. Many of these recipes don't even require turning on the oven or stove, and some can be ready in less than 15 minutes. That's why I tend to make these chocolate pudding desserts in the warm weather, but they also make great Valentine's Day desserts or treats for any special occasion.

  • 01 of 06

    Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

    Easy Chocolate Pie

     The Spruce

    Don't you just want to lick the screen when you see this pudding pie? And let me tell you, it took every bit of my protective parenting instincts to keep my kids' mitts off this pie while I was photographing it.

    "When can we eat it," they begged.

    The best part: It actually tastes as good as it looks. Go on. Give this recipe a try. You won't be disappointed.

  • 02 of 06

    Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe

    strawberry icebox cake

     Samantha Merritt

    If you're a fan of chocolate strawberries, you will adore this easy icebox cake recipe. Instant chocolate pudding is mixed with pureed strawberries and sandwiched between graham cracker crumbs, then refrigerated. The chilling process softens the graham crackers until they become like a cake layer. The flavors of this cake are divine!

  • 03 of 06

    Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

    chocolate pudding cake

    The Spruce Eats / robynmac 

    The contrast of textures is what makes this pudding cake so melt-in-your-mouth good. The warm creamy pudding pairs beautifully with the moist chocolate cake. And because this whole dessert is made in the slow cooker, it is super easy.​

  • 04 of 06

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

    Peanut butter pie

    Alan Richardson / Getty Images

    Instant chocolate pudding and a pre-made graham cracker crust make quick work of this scrumptious dessert. And it tastes like it came from a nice restaurant.

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  • 05 of 06

    Dirt Dessert Cups Recipe

    Dirt Dessert Recipe
    Dirt Dessert Recipe.

    The Spruce / Stephanie Gallagher

    Little kids love playing in the dirt, and they love making this edible "dirt cups" recipe, too. It's just a mixture of chocolate pudding, whipped topping, crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms (for effect).

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  • 06 of 06

    Chocolate Trifle

    Chocolate trifle showing its pretty layers in a trifle bowl

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    This stunning chocolate trifle looks like it took all day to make but nothing could be farther from the truth. It is made with box cake mix, instant chocolate pudding, freshly whipped cream, and cherry pie filling.