|1/2||cup chocolate pudding mix (see recipe)|
|1||cup cold water|
|1/4||teaspoon vanilla extract|
|8||bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)|
1. Have on hand 2 ramekins or small bowls ( 1/2-cup capacity each).
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the pudding mix and water. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it comes to a boil. Continue cooking for 30 seconds.
3. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla and chocolate chips, if using. Take a piece of plastic wrap and set it directly on top of the pudding. This will keep a skin from forming. Let the pudding cool for 15 minutes until it is room temperature. Spoon the pudding into the ramekins or bowls. Refrigerate for 1 hour.