If you’ve ever read A Christmas Carol or Harry Potter, sang the “figgy pudding” verse of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” perused a classic cookbook or simply celebrated Christmas in a particularly traditional way, you’re familiar with the delight that is the “Christmas pudding.” And if you’re not? Well, you need to check out this holiday dessert!

The Christmas pudding is a special favorite in Britain and Ireland, but we’re big fans of the ways that people all over the world and right here in the United States have adapted the the round, dark mixture of dried fruits, eggs, suet, molasses and classic Christmas spices like cinnamon and ginger. In fact, it kind of seems to us that at this point, “Christmas pudding” just means a dessert fit to be a seasonal centerpiece: delicious, delightful, and definitely made with love. Our current favorite? This one from one of our favorite baking friends, The One Pot Chef!

So here’s the thing the One Pot Chef knows: a traditional Christmas pudding often looks a lot better than they really taste. Like fruit cake, making one that people actually want to eat and not just look at – or make jokes about! – is a rare feat, and for accomplishing it, sometimes it makes more sense to fake it until you make it!

So here’s the ingredients list for the One Pot Chef’s version of miniature, individual Christmas puddings. Take a look and see if you guess where he’s going with this one.

Marshmallow Christmas Puddings

Makes 18 puddings
Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 18 large marshmallows
  • 300 grams (10.5 ounces) milk chocolate, melted
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) white chocolate, melted
  • Red and green glace cherries, finely chopped
  • Toothpicks

Want more or extended information about this recipe? Make sure to watch the video to see it in action, and be sure to visit The One Pot Chef’s site to see his write-up on it!

See the easy thing he did there?! As our host says, “Now these are actually not Christmas puddings. What they are is a sweet treat designed to LOOK like a miniature Christmas pudding.” Genius, don’t you think? You get all the prettiness of a pudding while also getting taste you actually want.

The process to make them is much easier than making a traditional Christmas pudding, too. Basically all you need to do is coat the marshmallows with chocolate, drizzle with white chocolate, add some “holly and berries” and enjoy! So simple, so sweet, so perfect for Christmas.

So what are you waiting for?! Watch the One Pot Chef’s video and see how they’re made and all of his tricks. (We’re particularly fond of the particular way he coats the marshmallows!) Then be sure to come back and tell us if you give these treats a try!