Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Pudding

I've never been a fan of chocolate pudding. It always seemed like a waste of dessert for me. If I'm going to eat chocolate, I'm going to eat CHOCOLATE. And if I'm going to eat my dessert with a spoon, I'm going to eat ice cream, and really eat my dessert with a spoon. Chocolate pudding was relegated to something to eat when I had teeth pulled (a common occurence when I was a child, unfortunately), or when my throat was so swollen that I couldn't eat anything else.

The thing that I never realized before was that there is chocolate pudding that is not Jell-O pudding. This chocolate pudding is not Jell-O pudding. This chocolate pudding does not deserve to have to share a name with Jell-O pudding. This chocolate pudding almost isn't pudding...it's chocolate divintiy in a glass. It is like no other "pudding" I have ever tasted before.

So, the process. It was a little involved, and I made it while I wasn't feeling well. There were a lot of steps. Melt the chocolate. Bring the milk and the sugar to a boil. Pulse together the dry ingredients. Pulse together the eggs and sugar. Run the machine while adding the hot milk. Put the whole thing back over the heat. Pulse it all again. Add the butter and chocolate. Spoon it into glasses and refrigerate for what felt like an unfair amount of time. Why bother with all of this when you can just add some powder to some milk and have chocolate pudding?

The answer, upon tasting the results, is obvious. This is something beyong pudding. This is almost mousse-like. This holds its bittersweet flavor and therefore isn't cloyingly sweet like the boxed variety. This pudding does not need to be a component. It is a wonderful, satisfying dessert all on its own--yes, even without whipped cream. This chocolate pudding is well worth the extra steps. This chocolate pudding, it turns out, is anything other than a waste of dessert.

8 comments:

Pamela said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed the pudding. :o)

Susie Homemaker said...

hmmm. sounds like maybe you liked this pudding a little. :)

Jules Someone said...

Wow! That's food porn at its best! Nice description.

Mike Spoodles said...

I'm in the Instant Pudding boat with you! I even got out my silly Jell-O shaker cup before I read the directions to find...I needed my food processor instead!

Cynikell said...

Sounds like you've been fully converted!

Barbara said...

Wow, that's a great essay on chocolate pudding! Glad you liked it!

Nickki said...

Glad you enjoyed it :)

aaliyah said...

Glad you liked it! Nice to have something really good and it not be associated with a childhood memory of being sick :). I look forward to your post next week.