Easy Chocolate Custard


A quick, lower-fat, rich chocolate custard that does not require baking or water baths. No one will ever guess it takes 10 minutes to make! Top with whipped cream before serving.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
2 cups


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups low-fat milk

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon brandy (Optional)

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Beat eggs and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until combined; set aside.

  2. Whisk milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, brandy, and salt together in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling and thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  3. Slowly pour 1/2 of the milk mixture into the beaten eggs while stirring; pour mixture back into the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Do not boil.

  4. Let custard cool to room temperature, at least 10 minutes. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
6g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 301mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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