Chocolate pudding can be the basis for countless easy dessert recipes. You don't even have to turn on the oven or the stove for many of these recipes, and some can be ready in less than 15 minutes. Most rely on boxed instant pudding mix, but when the recipe specifies prepared pudding, you can use homemade if you prefer. You can find great Valentine's Day desserts, treats for any special occasion, or an easy way to satisfy an everyday hankering for chocolate in this collection.
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This no-bake pudding pie turns instant chocolate pudding into a cool and creamy dessert. It does need to chill out in the fridge for a couple of hours to set, so you have to think ahead, but preparation is a snap. The recipe calls for fresh raspberries and shaved chocolate for a garnish, but you can adjust the finish to your own tastes. Try crushed candy, chopped crystallized ginger, or broiled mini marshmallows for an indoor take on s'mores.
02 of 07
Little kids love playing in the dirt, and they love making edible "dirt cups," too. This easy-to-follow recipe requires chocolate pudding, whipped topping, crushed Oreo cookies, and gummy worms (for the "eew" effect). The kids will not only love to eat these but will get a kick out of helping to make them, too. Create these in individual serving cups or use a similar dirt cake recipe to make a big one to share.
03 of 07
This rich layered dessert checks all the craving boxes with chocolaty pudding, sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping, and chopped nuts in a graham cracker crust. Put it in the refrigerator for two hours to set, then slice and serve. The simple recipe lends itself to endless variations, too, with different types of crusts, pudding flavors, and toppings.
04 of 07
It doesn't get much easier than this mix-and-chill pie. You can put it together in 10 minutes, but it needs four or more hours in the refrigerator to set, so plan ahead. Throw one together after breakfast and treat the family to a cool, creamy delight on a hot summer evening. Choose between a chocolate cookie crumb or graham cracker crumb pie crust.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
This recipe for chocolate icebox pie uses a graham cracker crust, which requires baking. You can avoid turning on the oven by purchasing a premade crust at the grocery store. For thick chocolaty flavor, fill the pie crust with prepared pudding. For a mousse-like consistency and lighter flavor, fold thawed frozen whipped topping into the pudding before you spread it in the pie.
06 of 07
Assemble this dessert ahead of time in individual glasses or one big serving bowl. Basically layers of brownie, pudding, cherry pie filling, and whipped topping, this trifle recipe adapts the ingredients for a gluten-free treat, but you can also make it with standard brownie and instant pudding mixes. Garnish with chocolate curls over the final layer of whipped cream.
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Chocolate lovers will be absolutely delighted with this triple chocolate cake. Made with devil's food chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding, and semisweet chocolate chips, this cake will satisfy those chocolate cravings. Ready to eat in 60 minutes, simply garnish with confectioners' sugar for a decorative finishing touch.