Espresso Chocolate Budino

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I whip up this treat at least once a month for my loved ones, and it’s always a big hit! Lately, I’ve been all about espresso martinis. One day, I thought, “How can I blend my two favorites: espresso martinis and my chocolate budino recipe?” That’s when this delicious creation came to life!

I made this dessert for my boyfriend’s family to try, and they all agreed it’s the best thing I’ve ever made for them—and I totally concur! If you’re a fan of chocolate and espresso, you’ve got to give this a try!

Key Ingredients and Substitutions:

For the egg yolks, go for large ones. If you’re using whole eggs, two will do instead of five yolks.

Heavy cream gives the best texture, but coconut milk (just the fatty part) works too.

I usually use granulated white sugar, but any sugar will do.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips are perfect for both texture and flavor, but you can opt for dark chocolate chips if you prefer a richer taste.

I prefer using freshly ground dark coffee beans for the espresso powder, but any ground beans or instant coffee will work fine.

Espresso Chocolate Budino

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 5


  • – 5 large egg yolks
  • – 2 cups heavy cream
  • – 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • – 1/4 tsp salt
  • – 3 tbsp ground coffee or instant coffee
  • – 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

**Optional Garnish:**

  • – Whipped cream
  • – Coffee beans


**Step 1:**

  • In a pot, whisk together the egg yolks. Pour in the cream and whisk until well combined. Add the sugar, a pinch of salt, and espresso, and whisk again. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens, about 5-8 minutes. Once it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and doesn’t move, remove it from the heat. Make sure to do this over medium heat, not high, to avoid scrambling the eggs. Turn off the heat once it’s thickened.

**Step 2:**

  • Whisk in the chocolate chips until they’re fully combined.

**Step 3:**

  • Take it out of the fridge and serve with homemade whipped cream and a few coffee beans on top for garnish.

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