Homemade Chocolate Pudding in Jack O’ Lantern Cups

These jack o’ lantern pudding cups are so fun and so easy to make. And with homemade organic and fair trade chocolate, the pudding is good enough for the whole family.

Inspired by yummymummykitchen.com

 
 

Ingredients

4 ounces Alter Eco Dark Twist chocolate chopped

3 tablespoons fair trade cocoa powder (we prefer Dagoba)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Jack O’ Lanterns

8 mandarins 
1 sprig Fresh mint leaves, for garnish  

METHOD

  1. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly whisk in the cream until you have a smooth mixture. Then whisk in the eggs yolks.
  2. Pour the milk into a 3-quart (or larger) saucepan. Add the sugar and warm over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a light simmer over medium heat. Watch for the surface of the milk to vibrate and for bubbles to form around the edges of the pot.
  3. Pour most of the hot milk into the bowl of cream and egg yolks. Whisk until well-combined, then pour everything back into the pot.
  4. Warm the combined pudding mixture over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it comes to a full boil. (It should look like lava boiling up!) At this point, the pudding will look much thicker.
  5. After the pudding starts boiling, cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly and vigorously. Get your whisk into all corners of the pot.
  6. After 2 minutes, remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Then add the chopped chocolate and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted. Whisk vigorously until the chocolate is fully incorporated.
  7. Spread the pudding in a storage container and press plastic wrap or wax paper directly onto the surface of the pudding. Cover with a lid and chill. Best eaten within 3 days.

Jack O’ Lantern

  1. With a sharp knife, cut the top off the mandarins. Using a small spoon, scoop out the mandarin flesh.
  2. Fill the mandarins with pudding and chill.
  3. To serve, poke a small hole where the stem of the mandarins were. Insert one mint leaf for the pumpkin “stem.” 
  4. Jack-o-lantern faces can be made with paint, food coloring or marker.
 
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