Chocolate Pudding Sundaes
2/3 c sugar
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
2-1/2 T cornstarch
1/8 tsalt
2-1/2 c whole milk
1-1/2 oz.semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (best quality, such as Ghirardelli)
2 t vanilla
1. Mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Add half of milk and whisk until mixture is smooth. Whisk in remaining milk. Continue whisking over medium heat until pudding thickens and comes to boil, about 8 minutes. Continue to boil 1 minute longer, whisking constantly.

2. Remove pudding from heat. Add chopped chocolate and vanilla; whisk until chocolate melts and pudding is smooth. Divide between 4 dessert dishes. Cover puddings by placing a small piece of saran wrap inside dessert dishes and directly over pudding. This prevents a film from developing at top. Cool puddings in refrigerator until cold and set, about 2 - 3 hours, then top with whipped cream and toppings and serve.