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Chocolate Pudding Pie In A Jar

This recipe is made with packet pudding mix. If you’re looking for a homemade pudding recipe, I suggest trying this Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Cherry Sauce recipe (you can make it without the cherry sauce, too.)

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One of my all time favorite desserts is the chocolate pudding pie. My mom used to make them when my brother and I were kids and we just loved them. So simple to make yet so delicious. There’s something about the combination of graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding and Cool Whip topping that just makes you go “yum.”

When I got older and moved out on my own, I began making this delicious dessert on my own. When you’re living on a budget with minimal extra spending money, as I was when I first moved out on my own, fancy desserts and expensive meals weren’t something I could always enjoy. But pudding pie ingredients are super cheap and often on sale. Which made me happy. It meant I could enjoy one of my favorite desserts!

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Now that I’m a little older (well, not that old – I’ll be turning the wee age of 32 next month) and I make a somewhat decent living, I can afford to dine on the finer things in life. But that doesn’t stop me from craving chocolate pudding pie. So a few weeks ago I decided to get creative with pudding pie. Ah yes, creativity with pudding pie. It’s a wonderful thing! It resulted in this cute little Chocolate Pudding Pie In A Jar recipe! Don’t you wish you had one right now?

Chocolate Pudding Pie In A Jar

Chocolate Pudding Pie In A Jar

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 6oz mason jars
  • 1 3.4oz package of chocolate pudding (use instant, NOT Cook & Serve)
  • 1 3/4 C milk
  • 1 C crushed graham crackers
  • 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • Cool whip
  • Shaved bakers chocolate - semi sweet


  1. Mix together the sugar, graham crackers and melted butter. Press into the bottom 1/4 of 4 6oz mason jars.
  2. Mix together the milk and pudding mix. Pour into each jar up to the beginning of the rim.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Top with the Cool Whip. I put the Cool Whip in a ziplock bag and cut off the corner so I could squeeze the Cool Whip into the jars and make it look fancy.
  5. Top the cool whip with the shaved chocolate.


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59 comments on “Chocolate Pudding Pie In A Jar”

  1. That pudding looks amazing!! Following you on twitter :)

  2. This kind of dessert always takes me back to my childhood. I’ve always been a huge fan of pudding with whipped cream and graham cracker, and it reminds me of a favorite dessert my late aunt used to make. These look so delicious!

  3. I adore the presentation. Pudding is simple and awesome. When you serve it like this they are impressive! I always get the instant versus cook one mixed up! ;)

    • Thank you so much, Tina! Trust me, I’ve accidentally purchased the cook & serve before. When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to do but a bummer when you realize it!

  4. I have a weakness for any dessert in a jar! These look fantastic!

  5. So cute- everything is always better in a mason jar!

  6. Childhood desserts are the best. We are never too old for them. This looks great Julie and I am pinning!

  7. What a cute idea Julie. Pinned!

  8. Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I’m loving all your desserts in a jar. This looks awesome, I can literally taste the creamy chocolate in my mouth now! Pinning.

  9. Look how crisp those chocolate sprinkles look, great photo! Love the recipe, my husband would love this!

    • I know, right? That was a little photo editing to get that but I think they turned out pretty well! Well, you are just going to have to make these for him, Paula! And you know you can make it healthier, right?! Use skim or 2% milk and lite cool whip! :)

  10. Why yes, I do wish I had one RIGHT NOW! Pudding pie for me brings memories of my grandmother. It was her standby dessert at family gatherings. She’d make two because she knew I’d have more for breakfast the next morning!

  11. I love chocolate pudding Julie! And love this idea of it in a pie form in a jar. So cute and very clever –pinning! :) Have a great week!

  12. It’s might be cheap, but you really class it up with the presentation. The little portions are so cute. I love how you can see all of the layers!

  13. Julie, these are so cute! And you’re totally right–the combination of graham crackers, pudding, and whipped topping is really hard to beat. I am such a fan of quick no-bake desserts :) Stopping by from Time to Sparkle!

  14. hi love all the recipes so yummy and easy which is a good combination found you through the cast party hop I’m Lorraine at following on google+ thanks for sharing.

  15. Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop! I love your website and all the pictures you post of your creations. I am a chocolate lover, so this one is my favorite ~ and it’s SO easy! Can’t wait to make this for my family. :)

  16. I love chocolate so you can imagine my eyes when I saw this Julie! It looks so delicious. I could have some right now.

  17. This IS calliing my name. It looks absolutely fantastic, Julie. Pinned!

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  19. I think there’s a typo. I’m doing it now and 13.9 oz of pudding seems like an awful lot for only 1 3/4 milk. I’m horrible at cooking/baking so I really don’t know which is right… Just seems off. But I love the recipe though! Hopefully it turns out well.

    • Ahhh thank you so much for pointing that out, Kathy! It’s 3.4oz, which is the small box of the instant pudding. Not sure where I got 13.9oz but I am going to change that now. Have a Happy New Year! :)

      • No problem! That’s what I assumed and it worked out perfectly!! I did these in champagne flutes because it was new years but everybody went crazy for them. Thanks for the awesome recipe that I will definitely do again.

        • Awesome! Glad it turned out well for you. I love that you put them in champagne flutes! How cute. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you enjoyed this recipe. Enjoy the weekend. :)

  20. Disappointed when went for a recipe and found instead instructions on how to use mixes. If you actually have a recipe to make this (ie. ‘from scratch’) I’d be interested.

    • No recipes for “from scratch” as of yet. As noted in the post, this was inspired from the pudding pies my mom used to make when I was a kid. They came from mixes. This is supposed to be a quick and easy recipe, hence the use of the mixes.

      However, I do have a recipe for Lemon Coconut Pudding Cakes that you may be interested in. They are made from scratch and use coconut milk rather than dairy milk (but you can use dairy milk if you prefer.) There is also Limoncello lemon liquor in the recipe but if you prefer to make an alcohol free version, you can omit the Limoncello and replace with more lemon juice. Here is the link to the recipe:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  21. if ya make these the day before will the crust go soggy?

    • Hi Janette,

      The crust should not get soggy, with the exception of the part that comes in direct contact with the pudding. Hope it works well and that you enjoy it! :)

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  25. This looks so delicious! I’ve got to try this!

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  32. I’m making these for a baby shower tomorrow – if I go ahead and put the cool whip on and refrigerate overnight, will it be ok or should I wait to do the cool whip until tomorrow?

    • Hi Betsy,

      You can put the cool whip on today. It may settle a little but it will be fine for serving tomorrow. I hope you enjoy them and have a great time at the baby shower. :)

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  34. I just tried your recipe and used Nakpunar 8 oz mason jars. Filled little less and closed the lid to store them. My family loved it!!! Thank you for the recipe.

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