Chocolate 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.
Chocolate Pudding Pie
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.
Dirt Dessert Cups
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). Make these in individual serving cups or use a similar dirt cake recipe to make a big one to share.
This stunning chocolate trifle looks like it took all day to make but nothing could be further from the truth. It comes together in a snap with boxed cake mix, “cook and serves” chocolate pudding, freshly whipped cream, and cherry pie filling. If you don’t have a trifle dish, you can use a regular serving bowl. Choose glass if you can for the visual layering effect.
Chocolate Delight Dessert
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. The simple recipe lends itself to endless variations, too, with different types of crusts, pudding flavors, and toppings.
No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie
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.
Easy Chocolate Icebox Pie
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.
If you still rely on boxed instant pudding mix, but when the recipe specifies prepared pudding, you can use homemade if you prefer. You can find great Sunday desserts, treats for any special occasion, or an easy way to satisfy an everyday hankering for chocolate. What a great treat for the weekend!