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Grammy’s Chocolate Pudding

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Do you ever have that craving for something chocolate? That’s probably a question with an obvious answer! I have tons of recipes in my recipe box that have chocolate in them, ranging from cookies to cakes to drinks. But this easy and simple recipe for pudding can make quick work of cooking up something that will satisfy that urge; I bet you have all the ingredients.

This recipe reminds me of my grandmother, who, as you probably know from previous stories, lived with us in a camper in our back yard for several years. She loved to play Yahtzee and cards; I’m not sure if it was to keep me busy or just help make the time go by for her. She always helped me with my homework as she did some type of needlework. From crocheting to needlepoint, she was always working on something. In my living room, I have a huge needlepoint picture of a doe with her fawn lying in the grass. It is one of my most treasured keepsakes I have from her.

She loved pudding and, to be honest, I don’t have her recipe. But this is as close as I can remember it tasting. We would make it in the camper and she would eat it with a nice cup of hot coffee in the winter. She would whip it up and we would put it in small canning jars in the refrigerator for about an hour and then, yes, we devoured it in minutes. Lots of times we would use graham crackers instead of spoons to scoop it out and eat it. creamy and cool, the best ever, not to mention the conversations and all the laughing we did.

Now that I am taking care of my own dad, who is 94 years old, pudding is the perfect dessert for him. I still serve it at times with a side of graham crackers just to remember the fun times I had with my grandma. Sometimes I use whipped cream with shredded chocolate. Fresh strawberries and raspberries are delicious with this dessert. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with just plain chocolate pudding and a spoon.

My grandson is coming over tonight and I think we’re going to make this for movie night. Here is another favorite of mine that brings back some very warm memories for me. Enoy! ■

1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup cornstarch
Pinch of salt
4 1/2 cups milk
3-4 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and cornstarch. Using a whisk, combine the dry ingredients making sure there are no lumps. Mix in the cold milk slowly, continuing to whisk until combined. Using medium heat and stirring constantly, cook until it comes to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute, continuing to stir. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Allow the mixture to cool completely, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on the pudding. Serve warm or pour in individual serving containers and refrigerate. You can top it with whipping cream and some strawberries or raspberries and some shredded chocolate. I just like it plain. This will satisfy that chocolate craving and not take too much time to make.