Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

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Have you ever had unexpected house guests that you needed to feed? If so, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding is the perfect easy treat!

According to my vintage cookbook from 1959, this recipe will help you “rise to the occasion” when you need a quick dessert. In fact, there is a whole section of recipes for those times when you have to exert yourself a little beyond the ordinary.

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding in glass jars.
Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Milk
  • Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding

Equipment You May Need

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Individual Serving Dishes

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for the pudding to set? Typically, instant pudding sets within 5-10 minutes after mixing. However, it may take slightly longer to reach the desired consistency, depending on the temperature of your kitchen and the type of milk used.

Can I make this pudding ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the chocolate peanut butter pudding ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. Yes, this pudding makes a delicious filling for desserts. It can be used in pie crusts, layered in parfaits with whipped cream and crushed cookies, or as a filling for chocolate peanut butter tarts.

Crunchy peanut butter in glass jar.
Crunchy peanut butter. Photo credit: Yayimages.

Substitutions and Variations

Peanut Butter Variations: You can use smooth peanut butter if you prefer a creamier texture in your pudding. If you want more crunch and peanut flavor, try using crunchy peanut butter with larger peanut pieces.

Garnish Options: Experiment with garnishes like crushed peanuts, chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate shavings, or a drizzle of melted chocolate on top of your pudding for extra indulgence.

Texture and Mix-Ins: Customize the texture and add-ins by folding in chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, or crushed graham crackers to give your pudding a delightful twist.

Whipped Cream: Serve your chocolate peanut butter pudding with a dollop of whipped cream or a swirl of non-dairy whipped topping for an extra layer of creaminess.

Banana-Peanut Butter Twist: Mash a ripe banana and mix it into your pudding for a delightful banana-peanut butter-chocolate fusion.

Chocolate pudding in glass jars.
Chocolate pudding. Photo credit: Yayimages.

Other Recipes You May Like

If chocolate is what you are looking for, you might also like my Chocolate Milkshake Recipe. Corn Flake Cookies and Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes are both delicious chocolate peanut butter options as well. You may also enjoy this Peanut Butter Dip.

Final Thoughts on Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

I am not sure how often people actually just show up these days or how often we feel the need to make something to feed them when they do, but this recipe is great for any quick treat. Kids can help make it, too! Have you ever made instant pudding? Have you ever added anything to it? What is your favorite quick dessert? Let me know in the comments below.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

Quick and easy instant pudding recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigerate 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Cold Milk
  • ½ Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 Package Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix 4 Serving Size


  • Pour milk into mixing bowl.
  • Add peanut butter.
  • Add pudding mix and use a whisk to beat well for 1-2 minutes (until combined).
  • Spoon into individual serving dishes.
  • Refrigerate or let set for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts or chocolate chips.
Keyword 1950’s Recipe, Chocolate Pudding, Peanut Butter, Pudding, Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

Adapted from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook

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