Triple Chocolate Pudding Muffins

It’s been a hard knocks kind of week. And I’ve learned a valuable life lesson: bad stuff happens to everybody. It’s true what they say– there are no free passes.

Sometimes people get sick.

Sometimes people are sad and hurt on the inside.

Sometimes there isn’t enough money to buy the things that we need.

And sometimes life isn’t all about me.

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But you know what? That’s all okay. We learn to cope and manage, and we learn to adapt.

Sometimes we need to be a little down in the dumps so that we can appreciate the better days.

And if we need to drown our sorrows in chocolate along the way, then so be it.

Triple Chocolate Pudding Muffins


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 - 3.4 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups Hershey's baking melts
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin by lining with paper liners or spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, but save the baking melts for the end.
  3. Add the wet ingredients and mix until batter forms. Don't over mix-- lumps are okay! Fold in the Hershey's baking melts.
  4. Spoon approximately 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack. Serves approximately 12.
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Notes about this recipe:

  • I used a muffin tops pan to bake my muffins– worked just fine and baking time was the same as for a standard sized pan.
  • The pudding mix isn’t necessary, but it does add a little extra chocolate flavor and makes the muffins soft and moist.
  • You can also sub in regular chocolate chips for the baking melts


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  1. Absolutely Stunning… what an amazing idea.. the question is with what can I substitute the instant chocolate pudding mix!!!

  2. Hope everything is okay! these muffins look amazing!
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  3. I hope everything is okay your way, but it appears like you have the righ attitude. Move forward and take it as it comes! A positive attitude will get you through anything.

  4. Wow, these look good, so good in fact. I adore chocolate.
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  5. I hope your week starts to turn around!
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  6. you had me at triple chocolate. :) Ashton I need these in my life today. it’s been a rough week for me as well. “It’s been a hard knocks kind of week. And I’ve learned a valuable life lesson: bad stuff happens to everybody.” – yes. my best friend just lost her 4 month year old baby. :( chocolate helps. it really does.
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  7. Ashton, chocolate does make everything better or at least bearable. Just take 2 of these muffins and know tomorrow can only be better. Sending you big virtual hugs sweetie!
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  8. Triple chocolate always makes me feel better!!! Those are incredible and thanks for the link love! I hope you are ok and I sure wish I was there to give you a hug or help out however I could!!
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  9. Heather Kinnaird says:

    Hope your week turns around soon – but chocolate certainly will help

  10. Hope things start getting better for you!!
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction recently posted..Old Fashioned Sour Cream CookiesMy Profile

  11. Ashton, I know how you feel. So far this has been the kind of week that requires lots of chocolate. I hope your week gets better.
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  12. Hello! Want to take a bite of that gorgeous muffin!

    Hope things turn around for you!
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  13. Lisa Reiger says:

    Could all purpose flour be substituted for the whole wheat?

  14. Chocolate can make everything better. So can hugs, so I’m sending you one. xo
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  15. Mouthwatering!!
    Can I use all- all purpose flour instead of the whole wheat ?

  16. Hope next week is better. I have been having a few of those weeks myself. Glad I’m not alone.
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  17. Hope you feel better soon Ashton – your muffins will help, I’m sure!
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  18. These are in the oven! I am so excited!

  19. Hope your week is on the upswing, Ashton. These muffins look AWESOME!
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  20. was I supposed to prep the pudding mix first or put it in as a dry mix?


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