Dive into a dreamy dessert experience with Pudding in a Cloud, a heavenly treat of fluffy Cool Whip and rich chocolate pudding. This simple yet sophisticated dessert starts with fluffy Cool Whip spread into glasses and chocolate pudding is spooned into the cloud-like base. Chocolate Pudding in a Cloud is not just a dessert, it's a moment of pure indulgence. Easy to prepare and irresistibly delicious, this recipe is a must-try for all chocolate and whipped cream lovers.
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Chocolate Pudding in a Cloud Dessert
Pudding in a cloud is a classic vintage recipe and a family favorite for good reason! A whipped "cloud" is swirled around the bottom and sides of a dessert glass and is followed up with a dollop of chocolate pudding. Try Pudding in a Cloud with your family tonight.
This is a homemade creation of a retro recipe featuring creamy chocolate pudding sweetly nestled in a cloud of Cool Whip. This creation is just a heavenly idea! It's so lovely to look at, so light and delicious, and you get two delicious textures in each spoonful!
Why This Is the Best Recipe for Pudding in a Cloud
Once you share pudding in a cloud with your family, you will be regarded as a dessert star!! Moreover, if you have a picky dessert eater, they are sure to love this one!
It's also an easy dessert to serve your guests. Dinner prep for a large group can be time-consuming, so make things easier with this quick dessert idea, which also falls into the make-ahead category.
This chocolate pudding in a cloud recipe has only three ingredients. What could be simpler? Here’s all you need:
- Chocolate pudding mix
- Cool Whip
To cut down on calories, use Cool Whip Lite, fat-free milk, and sugar-free chocolate fudge pudding.
For a dairy-free dessert, use whipped coconut cream and plant-based milk such as almond milk or coconut milk.
You can use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip.
How to Make This Chocolate Pudding in a Cloud Recipe
This dessert is so easy to make in just minutes – you don't have to be a fancy dessert chef! Here are the simple steps:
- Place the pudding mix in a medium bowl or large measuring cup.
- Pour milk into the bowl and stir or whisk to combine until smooth.
- Let set up for 10 minutes.
- Spoon Cool Whip into the dessert glasses. Use the back of a spoon to make a depression and spread it up the sides of the glasses.
- Spoon pudding mixture into the glasses and chill.
If desired, you can garnish the dessert with chocolate curls, mini chocolate chips, or chopped pecans or walnuts.
Chocolate is not the only thing that tastes good in a cloud! Here are some variation suggestions:
- Pudding In a Cloud: Replace chocolate with other flavors such as peanut butter, butterscotch, strawberry, coconut pudding, or vanilla pudding.
- Jell-O in a Cloud: Prepare using your favorite Jell-O Instant Pudding mix flavor.
- Berries in a Cloud: Substitute a mix of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries for the chocolate pudding.
- Oranges in a Cloud: Substitute canned mandarin oranges for the chocolate pudding.
How to Serve This Chocolate Pudding in a Cloud Recipe
Serve your dessert in individual dessert glasses so you can see the "cloud." Ceramic dessert dishes don't work nearly as well for this recipe.
Top your chocolate dollop with a sprinkling of chocolate flakes or mini chocolate chips and a strawberry or raspberry for a touch of color.
Garnish your cloud desserts with colored sprinkles or candies to reflect whichever holiday is happening. For example, black and orange sprinkles for Halloween, blue and pink sprinkles for Easter, heart-shaped red candies for Valentine's Day, and green and red sprinkles for Christmas.
What Goes Well With a Cloud Pudding
This oh-so-easy dessert recipe is oh-so-creamy and chocolatey, giving you the perfect treat to serve after a special meal. If you want to serve a vintage main course before your delicious retro dessert, here are some ideas:
How to Store Pudding in a Cloud
Your cloud desserts will store easily in the fridge for up to 4 days covered with plastic wrap. This recipe is not suitable for freezing.
Pudding in a Cloud History
It is believed that General Foods popularized a recipe for pudding in a cloud in the 70s.
Between 1974 and 1999, Bill Cosby was the pudding king, serving as the spokesperson for Jell-O Pudding. You can watch this vintage pudding in a cloud commercial from 1981.
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Pudding in a Cloud
- 1 4-ounce package chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups cold milk
- 2 cups thawed Cool Whip
- Prepare the pudding mix with milk as directed on the package. Let the pudding set for about 10 minutes.
- Spoon ⅓ cup of whipped topping into each of six glasses. Using the back of a spoon, make a depression in the center and spread the topping along the sides of the glass.
- Spoon the pudding mixture into the glasses and chill.