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Chocolate Custard with Custard Powder

Quick and Easy to make Chocolate custard using store bought custard powder. It's creamy and delicious and is kid friendly.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time:: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 servings


  • cups Milk*, divided
  • 3 tablespoons Custard powder or Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • As needed Toppings of choice - Oreo cookies, Banana, berries, apple and so on


  • In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of milk with custard powder and cocoa powder. Whisk well making sure that there are no lumps. Set aside.
  • Combine the remaining 2 cups of milk and sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Once the milk comes to a low boil, remove from heat and slowly stir in the custard powder mixture while whisking continuously.
  • Put the pan back on heat and cook on medium-low flame, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes.* The mixture should coat the back of the spoon.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a medium bowl. Stir in vanilla extract. Place a clingwrap right on the surface of the custard to avoid skin formation. Then let the mixture cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • To serve, top with fruit, cookie crumbs, chopped nuts and enjoy.



  • Preferably whole milk, but 2% milk will also work.
  • Custard powder can be substituted with equal amount of cornstarch (aka corn flour) in the recipe.
  • Use oat or almond milk to make this custard vegan.
  • Make sure to constantly whisk the milk after adding the custard slurry. This helps to avoid lump formation and also scalding at the bottom of the saucepan.
  • If you want thicker custard, add 1~2 tablespoons more of the custard powder.
  • You can make and chill the custard at least 2 days before serving. 
  • Add fruit or cookie crumb toppings just before serving. Chopped nuts can be added ahead of time.
  • Chocolate Custard Serving Ideas:
    • Make a custard bar for parties - serve toppings in individual bowls, so the kids can choose whatever they want. My kids favorites are crushed oreos, mini chocolate chips etc. Healthy options like berries, bananas etc are also great.
    • Fill a store bought or homemade pie crust with the custard. Chill and serve with whipped cream and berries on top.
    • Fill eclairs or use as a cake filling.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg
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