Dead Eats: Carl’s Chocolate Pudding From Scratch
Welcome to Dead Eats: Recipes Inspired By The Walking Dead! This is a week long series hosted by me and my friend Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic. We are cooking up some killer recipes inspired by The Walking Dead.
We are giving away a set of The Walking Dead seasons 1-5 on DVD to one lucky recipient so be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Also, we’ll be hosting a second Dead Eats event February 8-14, 2016 to celebrate the mid-season premier on February 14 so the timing couldn’t be better! We can’t wait to share more of our recipes with you.
When Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic and I were planning the Dead Eats series of blog posts of recipes inspired by The Walking Dead, I knew I’d be making Carl’s chocolate pudding from scratch. The first time I watched Carl grab that huge can of pudding my first thought was, where the heck is he going to store the leftovers? Well if you’ve seen it, you know the answer!
My first thought was surprise because who could eat that much pudding in one sitting? Even if it was just implied as part of the show? But I thought about it for a few minutes, because clearly I need to find more to do with my time, and decided I’d probably do the same. Unless of course someone else was with me. It goes without saying that in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it situation anyone still with me would be someone I care about in some way and wouldn’t mind sharing. But c’mon, it’s pudding! If I could sneak away I would. And I’d eat the whole thing one little spoonful at a time.
I’m a big talker but when it comes down to it, I’d probably be looking for some container to put leftovers and a spot to hide it. That’s if we’re talking about the big huge can.
This recipe doesn’t make a big batch, nowhere near the size of this can. It makes 4-6 servings so if you want more, you’ll need to make more pudding. The instant coffee is optional for you but I find that it enhances the flavor of the chocolate, adding a hint of coffee flavor to the pudding.
To me, making this chocolate pudding is just as easy as the stovetop box method. Instead of emptying the contents of the package into a pot with milk you’ll be measuring ingredients into the pot and then pouring in cold milk before cooking.
The combination of 2% milk and half & half is to give the pudding a richer flavor than with 2% milk alone. You can do the same or just use whole milk if that’s what you prefer.
I haven’t been able to find mini versions of the giant pudding can but if one ever becomes available for purchase (and I find it) I’ll add it here. And by mini versions I mean smaller than soup cans. 🙂
Wouldn’t this be a perfect dessert item for your Walking Dead inspired party? I think so!
A big thank you to my daughter Tay who volunteered to taste the pudding and hold up the spoonful you see in the photo above. You should know that she wasn’t very happy when I told her she couldn’t eat the entire batch. She doesn’t watch the show but she’s seen the part of the episode with Carl eating the pudding. Sorry Tay!
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Dead Eats: Recipes Inspired by The Walking Dead is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and myself. The recipes shared in the Dead Eats series of blog posts are inspirations and we are not in any way affiliated with the tv series itself.
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup chocolate powder
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tsp instant coffee powder
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups cold milk, I use 2%
- ½ cup cold half and half
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a medium sized pot combine sugar, chocolate powder, cornstarch, salt and coffee. Whisk together.
- Now add chocolate chips.
- Gradually pour in milk along with the half and half, whisking in.
- Turn stove on medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Boil for one minute then remove from heat.
- Now whisk in butter and vanilla, continue to whisk for a couple minutes while the pudding cools.
- Serve warm if you like or transfer to a bowl to chill. Press the plastic wrap directly onto the pudding to avoid a hard layer or "skin" on top of the pudding.
- Chill for two hours.
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Take a look at my other Dead Eats recipes:
- Dead Eats: Recipes Inspired By The Walking Dead
- Carol’s Cookies
- Slow Cooker Baked Beans
- Terminus Ribs (Coming soon!)
- Zombierita (Also coming soon.)