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Awesome Homemade Hack: Homemade Pudding Mix

When it comes to pudding, there’s simply no comparison between homemade and the stuff from a commercial mix. Unless, however, you’ve made a DIY pudding mix, which gives you all the flavor of homemade pudding with the easy cooking convenience of a mix.

DIY pudding mix

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This recipe couldn’t be simpler. By simply sifting together a few common household ingredients, you’ve got pudding mix at the ready for whenever a craving strikes. All you have to do is heat it up with milk and flavorings for a creamy, tasty treat that can be served hot or cold.

DIY pudding mix is also a fantastic edible gift item: you can put single servings in mason jars and give it to friends with the simple directions so that they can share the sweetness, too.

Homemade instant chocolate pudding mix

Makes about seven 1-cup servings

  • 4 cups non-fat dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Note: International readers may enjoy our handy metric conversion guide.

Step 1:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, thoroughly whisking until combined. They will progress from a clearly defined mixture of dark and light ingredients…


to a cohesive powdery brown-colored mixture.

Cohesive mix

If you see any ingredients clumping (cocoa can have this tendency), sift the ingredients.

Step 2:

Either store the entire amount in an airtight container, or separate into 1 cup “servings” and divide into mason jars or appropriately sized vessels. These single-serving batches of pudding mix are a great gift.

Mix into jars

Optional step:

Make some cute labels for your pudding mix to make it the perfect gift.

Gift mix

Making pudding with your mix


Preparing delicious pudding with your homemade mix is a cinch. When you’re ready to make pudding from your mix, follow these steps.


  • 1 cup pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Step 1:

Make sure that no clumps or lumps have formed. If they have, sift the mix before proceeding.

Step 2:

Combine 1 cup of the mix with 2 cups of whole milk in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan.

Step 3:

Set the pot over medium heat, and stir frequently, particularly taking care to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan, bringing the mixture to a medium boil (the edges have boiled and it is beginning to boil all over, but not furiously). Remove from heat, and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter (for a particularly rich treat). The mixture should already be quite thick as you stir in the butter and vanilla, and it will thicken further as it cools.

Pudding thickening

This pudding is wonderful warm, or it can be chilled before serving.

Optional variations and add-ons

  • For a decadent variation, substitute cream for part of the milk in the recipe.
  • If desired, you can substitute soy, rice, or nut milks instead of dairy milk.
  • The butter in the recipe is not required, but it gives the pudding a luxuriant mouthfeel and is highly suggested.
  • Stir in chopped chocolate along with butter and vanilla during step 3 of the cooking process for a particularly chocolatey treat.
  • Top the pudding with any of the following (or a mix) for delicious results: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cocoa nibs, toffee bits, peanut butter chips, or even cookie crumbs.

What is your favorite type of pudding? 

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1. can i make this sugar free by substituting splenda for the sugar?

2. can i leave out the cocoa powder and have a vanilla pudding mix?


I also would like to know how to make vanilla pudding as well


I would like to know how to make a butterscotch pudding mix.

Marilyn Lott

Use well-packed brown sugar instead of white sugar.


Try brown sugar instead of white. That is how I do it from scratch. I think it should work for the mix.


I would also like to k ow how to make. Animal. Can I just substitute powdered milk for the chocolate? Should I add vanilla extract while cooking?


I’m sorry, I did not notice the corrective text until I hit send.

I would also like to k ow how to make vanilla. Can I just substitute powdered milk for the chocolate? Should I add vanilla extract while cooking?


i would love to make this for a friend, but she is allergic to corn. what other starch can i sub for the corn starch?

Debbie Jackson

Tapioca starch works just as well as corn starch. If you want to make it vanilla flavored just don’t add the coca powder. If you want a different flavor like lemon just add some flavored drink mix to the mix and it should work fine. When taking out the chocolate just use slightly less than a cup for your mix to compensate for the missing cocoa powder.


It can be replaced with flour, arrowroot, potato starch, tapioca, and even instant mashed potato granules.

Betty Gray

It is a misnomer to call this INSTANT.


I was thinking the same thing. What is so instant about it?

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

What if I am a crazy person and am not a huge fan of chocolate pudding? What could I substitute there? I would love it if powdered peanut butter would work haha.


Is powdered peanut butter a thing????


There are many brands, but PB2 is the best, in my opinion. It comes in plain and chocolate. And it has 45 calories per serving vs 190. I love it and have been using it for about 4 years now. I add it to my smoothies. You can add water and make a spread out of it for dipping apples and such. Does not do so well on sandwiches.

Debbie Jackson

yes it would however you might have to play around with the exact measurements. Yes you can get powdered peanut butter. I know that WinCo’s stores carry it. and you could use other flavorings too. I would try drink powder like Cool Aid.

Jeanette Nyberg

This is cool! I’m going to make it just as it is and scarf it down. Thanks for the recipe, I don;t think it would have dawned on me to make my own pudding mix.


Thank you Jeanette!


i can’t get you reply to work as a link, unless i am doing something wrong,


I wonder if using Stevia instead of sugar would work? I’m supposed to cut out the sugar as much as possible. Has anyone tried it and how much Stevia to use?


Yes, swap the sugar with Splenda.


I made the mix and the pudding today. Having to watch the sugar, I swapped out the sugar with Splenda and it was great. This is a keeper. Thank you so much!


Thanks for posting that you made it and liked it 🙂 helps to have this kind of feedback on recipes!


Thank you for the recipe – could you please recommend a dried milk brand? I have had a couple of varieties in the past and it doesn’t matter what I make with it, there is a strange (‘dried milk’?) taste to it.


I believe I used Carnation brand. That is not an endorsement of the brand, it just happens to be the one I used. I did not notice an aftertaste.


could i make this mint instead of chocolate?


Can you make a strawberry instant flavor

Emma Sneddon

5 Stars! Picky roommates devoured it! A huge hit. Will be making this again soon. I have a question though, if I double the recipe, how could I adjust the cooking time?

M. Graves

Can I add this to homemade cake mix and if so how much?
Do I need to adjust the other ingredients?


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