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When Tyson was just a little thing, he and his family visited his “oma” — his German grandmother — for Christmas. She made a crunchy chocolate pudding, and it was always Tyson’s favorite treat.


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So, to recreate this happy memory from Tyson’s childhood, we decided to whip up a batch of pudding right here in the Elissa the Mom kitchen!

You will need:

  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1ÂĽ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • â…“ cup butter
  • ÂĽ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa*
  • 1 teaspoon salt

*If you can’t find Dutch-process cocoa (I couldn’t), regular cocoa also works.

Here’s the thing about the pudding’s “crunchiness” — it’s not supposed to be that way. Tyson’s oma always forgot to perform the crucial final step, which is to cover the cooked pudding with plastic wrap so a skin doesn’t form. The skin is what makes it crunchy.

I personally don’t care for the skin, but it’s Tyson’s favorite part. Oma made a mistake, and it turned into a memory. Mistakes make memories.

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Elissa Benzie About the author:
Elissa is a millennial wife and mom with two toddlers. She's neurotic and disorganized, she's over it and exhausted. But it's OK, that's life! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. 
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