Peggy dredged this up from an ancient text (her recipe book when we were newly wed), and it strikes a chord with me. My grandfather Earle was a chemical engineer, and in one of his early jobs worked for Royal Pudding, developing the specific recipe or “formula” used to make Royal chocolate pudding, or so I was told. I think I know what went into the package…
Combine in saucepan:
- 2/3 C sugar
- 3 T cocoa powder
- 1/3 C sugar
- 1/4 C cornstarch
- 1/8 t salt
Whisk dry ingredients together, then whisk in
- 2 3/4 C milk
Stirring constantly, bring this mixture to a boil. Boil about a minute, until pudding thickens. Let pudding cool slightly, then whisk in:
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 2 T butter
Serve warm or cold. Pudding can be covered with plastic wrap to prevent the formation of a skin.
I haven’t made this in years, but it’s a damned inexpensive treat for poor newlyweds!