Chocolate Pot de Creme Recipe

Chocolate Pot de Creme is the perfect holiday dessert. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it’s so cute. These little pots de creme are rich and chocolatey, with the most amazing texture. I love these as Christmas and holiday desserts!

chocolate pots de creme

Chocolate Pot de Creme

Pots de Creme are such a simple and traditional dessert. They’re not over the top, they’re not complicated, but the flavor is enough to impress anyone and everyone. Plus they are so beautiful and look real classy in those little pots! Sometimes presentation counts, and these definitely pass the pretty test.

This Chocolate Pot de Creme recipe is really rich, so you don’t need much. The texture is somewhere between pudding, mousse, and custard. It’s thicker than pudding, not quite as fluffy as mousse, but just as creamy as custard. It’s really amazing, and makes for an easy dessert that everyone will love.

I love the idea of serving these Chocolate Pots de Creme as a Christmas dessert (or on Christmas Eve). I’d eat them any time, for any reason (or for no reason), but they are perfect for holidays. Serve them on New Year’s Eve, serve them on Valentine’s Day, or serve them for a special occasion. 

These Chocolate Pots de Creme are so simple yet so delicious. Serve them for any holiday or occasion!

overhead view of a collection of pots de creme

chocolate pots de creme arranged on a table

Easy Pots de Creme

Pot de creme is a tasty pudding-like dessert. It’s a french dessert that literally translates to “pot of cream” or “pot of custard”. This is a super simple no bake dessert and it tastes amazing. The texture is thicker than pudding but not quite as thick as your typical custards, so it’s got a style all its own. It’s light and chocolatey and oh so delicious!

Chocolate Pots de Creme Ingredients:

  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Ultra fine sugar
  • Egg
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Espresso powder (optional)
  • Kosher salt

chocolate pots de creme in small white pots

chocolate custard dessert in small white pots

How to Make Chocolate Pot de Creme

I love no bake desserts like this chocolate pot de creme because it’s extra easy. No need to turn the oven on, just mix and refrigerate! 

  1. Mix chocolate chips, sugar, salt, and espresso powder (if using) in a food processor or blender. You want to grind it into a fine mixture.
  2. Whisk the egg and add it into the food processor with the chocolate mixture, then pulse just until smooth.
  3. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave until it starts to bubble and boil.
  4. Switch the food processor to low, then slowly pour in the cream and blend.
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and continue mixing.
  6. Pour the chocolate into small pots or ramekins (this recipe makes 6 servings, but you can make the portions larger or smaller if desired).
  7. Cover the pots with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the chocolate firm.

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Can you make pot de creme ahead of time?

Pot de creme is easy to make ahead of time. They need to be stored in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set, but they can sit in the fridge for up to 3 days. So these are a great dessert to prepare in advance for Christmas or any holiday. They’re also easy to store if you have extras.

How to Serve Chocolate Pots de Creme

I think preparing chocolate pots de creme for serving is one of the funnest parts. The little pots are essentially a part of the recipe, so they’re already super cute and presentable for a nice dessert. I would generally recommend taking them out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving so that they aren’t too cold, but they taste just as good straight out of the fridge. 

Garnishing these little guys is the fun part. You can get creative and serve them however you like, so feel free to get fancy or just keep it simple. I used a bit of whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of cocoa powder with mint leaves for mine.

Here are a few more garnishing ideas for you:

  • Top with cream or serve without
  • Sprinkle on confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or espresso powder
  • Add a sprig of mint for a refreshing twist
  • Top with bits of fresh berries or citrus
  • It’s already quite rich, but you can throw a couple chocolate chips on top for presentation
  • Drizzle caramel over top

chocolate pots de creme topped with whipped cream and mint

Chocolate Pot de Creme is the perfect Christmas dessert, so put these on the list this holiday season! If you like chocolate (who doesn’t?), these are going to be a new favorite.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Chocolate Pot de Creme. Enjoy!


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5 from 2 votes
Chocolate Pot de Creme is the perfect holiday dessert. It's simple, it's delicious, and it's so cute. These little pots de creme are rich and chocolatey, with the most amazing texture. I love these as Christmas and holiday desserts!
Chocolate Pot de Creme Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Chocolate Pot de Creme is the perfect holiday dessert. It's simple, it's delicious, and it's so cute. These little pots de creme are rich and chocolatey, with the most amazing texture. I love these as Christmas and holiday desserts!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cream, chocolate pots de creme
Servings: 4
Calories: 456 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Guittard or Ghirardelli work well.
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ultra fine sugar
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder optional
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1-2 tablespoons liqueur
  • Cocoa powder
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint leaves
  • Fresh strawberries raspberries, orange slices, etc.
  1. Place the chocolate chips, salt, sugar, espresso powder in a food processor or blender. Mix until finely ground.
  2. In a small bowl, slightly whisk the egg and add it to the chocolate mixture – pulse just until smooth.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, bring the cream to a low boil.
  4. With the blender or food processor on LOW, slowly add the hot cream and pulse to blend. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Add the vanilla extract or favorite flavoring and mix well.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture into 6 pots de crème pots or small ramekins. The chocolate mixture is very rich, so small portions are ideal.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.
  8. Pots de Crème can be made up to 3 days in advance.
  9. It is recommended to remove the Pots de Crème from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. I have served them straight from the fridge and after letting them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes and love them both ways.
  10. Garnishes:
  11. When ready to serve, add some of these garnishes: a dollop of whipped cream, fresh fruit, a mint leaf, a sprinkling of cocoa powder or confectioner’s sugar.

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pot de Creme Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 303mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 22g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 14.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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