This isn't super rich, oozing with intense dark chocolate or fancy flavorings. It's plain, creamy chocolate pudding like the stuff that comes out of the box or the snack pack - only better. And it literally only takes five minutes.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mx the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the milk and cream in a small saucepan until bubbles form around the edges. Take out a cup of the liquid and whisk rapidly into the dry ingredients, then add everything back into the pan.
Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, just until it thickens. This will only take a couple minutes. Stir in vanilla, then pour into a container and refrigerate with plastic wrap touching the top so a skin doesn't form. (Or not, if you're a fan...)