Homemade Vanilla Pudding

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You probably already had vanilla pudding that came from a box before. Delicious isn’t it? But did you know that you can easily make this type of dessert at home? With just a few ingredients and easy steps, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without any hassle. Plus, you’ll get to save money if you decide to make it on your own.

What Is Vanilla Pudding?

To those of you who haven’t had vanilla pudding yet, and have no idea what it is, read on and learn more.

Simply put, vanilla pudding is a milk-based custard-like dessert. Cornstarch is used to thicken it. You can add more stuff to it in order to elevate its flavor and make it more sophisticated.

Pudding vs. Custard

Just to clarify, pudding and custard have similarities, particularly the appearance, but they are actually different. The main difference is that custard uses eggs as a thickening agent. Pudding, on the other hand, requires cornstarch or flour.

Also, if you take a closer look at the two, you will realize that custard is thicker. But these are two delicious desserts that you can have any time.

vanilla pudding with cocktail cherries

Here is how you can make vanilla pudding at home:

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

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  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


Vanilla pudding is a mouthwatering dessert as it is. Top it with fresh fruits, gingerbread cookie, double chocolate chip, caramel crunch, pumpkin pie, or chocolate peanut butter, just to mention a few, and your taste buds will surely rejoice!



2 cups of milk

3 tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt


  1. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Wait until bubbles start to form.
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Mix with the hot milk and make sure that the dry ingredients get dissolved well.
  3. Once the mixture thickens, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
  4. Chill before serving.


Make sure not to have the milk boil. Top the vanilla pudding with any topping that you desire.

The preparation and cook time does not include chill time.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

One of the best things about vanilla pudding is its versatility. Like what we have mentioned earlier, it can be served on its own, or you also have the freedom to top it with slices of your favorite fruits, especially fresh berries. Cookies and whipped cream would be an excellent match too.

It’s a classic and very comforting dessert that everybody in your household will surely love. You can even serve it when hosting a party.

vanilla pudding with blackberries

Closing Thoughts

While it may be convenient to just pick up a ready-made vanilla pudding or perhaps utilize a store-bought mix, making your own vanilla pudding would still be the best option. Aside from saving money, you can also alter the recipe if you wish to and add anything that you want in it.

Yes, it’s a simple recipe. It may not be as fancy as the other desserts out there, but when it comes to the taste, it’s definitely a winner! Try it and you will see what I am talking about! 🙂

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