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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.

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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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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26 Responses to “Triple Chocolate Pudding Muffins”

  1. Aya B. posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:34 am (#)

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

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 24, 2013 at 8:11 am (#)

    Hope everything is okay! these muffins look amazing!

  3. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} posted on January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am (#)

    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. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:19 am (#)

    Wow, these look good, so good in fact. I adore chocolate.

  5. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:42 am (#)

    I hope your week starts to turn around!

  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:44 am (#)

    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.

    • Ashton replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      So sorry to hear that Sally! Nothing is quite so heart breaking as losing a little one :(

  7. Joan@Chocolateandmore posted on January 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm (#)

    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!

  8. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm (#)

    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!!

  9. Heather Kinnaird posted on January 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm (#)

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

  10. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#)

    Hope things start getting better for you!!

  11. Brianna @Flippin'Delicious posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#)

    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.

  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#)

    Hello! Want to take a bite of that gorgeous muffin!

    Hope things turn around for you!

  13. Lisa Reiger posted on January 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm (#)

    Could all purpose flour be substituted for the whole wheat?

    • Ashton replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

      YEs, definitely!

  14. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm (#)

    Chocolate can make everything better. So can hugs, so I’m sending you one. xo

  15. Diane posted on January 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#)

    Can I use all- all purpose flour instead of the whole wheat ?

    • Ashton replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

      yes– absolutely, I meant to add that in the notes! I just like how whole wheat tastes with chocolate :)

      • Diane replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 11:48 am

        Thank you!

  16. Brenna posted on January 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    Hope next week is better. I have been having a few of those weeks myself. Glad I’m not alone.

  17. Liz posted on January 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm (#)

    Hope you feel better soon Ashton – your muffins will help, I’m sure!

  18. Emily posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm (#)

    These are in the oven! I am so excited!

  19. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on January 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm (#)

    Hope your week is on the upswing, Ashton. These muffins look AWESOME!

  20. Juanita posted on February 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm (#)

    was I supposed to prep the pudding mix first or put it in as a dry mix?

    • Ashton replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 2:20 am

      Put in the dry mix :)


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