Summer is too hot to mess with all the fuss that crust entails when you want something sweet and homemade.

Enter pudding. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s the way to go. Check out our favorite puddings, from fruity versions to decadent chocolate desserts. Take the pie out of the equation and just go with the filling. It’s awesome.

1. Mango Pudding


This uber-sweet, tropical fruit is a perfect summer flavor for pudding. This recipe doesn’t take much, and we like it like that. Get our Mango Pudding recipe.

2. Butterscotch Pudding Pops


Six ingredients: That’s all you need to make this treat a reality for your lazy summer days. Oh, and you’ll need to plan ahead, because freezing doesn’t happen in a half hour or anything. Get our Butterscotch Pudding Pops recipe.

3. Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding


To taste even more of this rich, chocolatey experience, reduce the sugar by a third or more. It’s still decadent. Get our Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding recipe.

4. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding


Forget even watching your milky sweet rice on the stovetop. With this recipe, you can let all vigilance go and sit by the pool. Get our Slow Cooker Rice Pudding recipe.

5. Strawberry Bread Pudding with Créme Fraîche and Whipped Cream


This is pretty decadent in a bright, summery way. Make use of seasonal strawberries and don’t go light on the cream. Get our Strawberry Bread Pudding recipe.

— Also try our Easy Banana Pudding recipe.

Amy Sowder is a writer and editor based in NYC, covering food and wellness in publications such as Bon Appétit, Women's Health, Eat This, Not That!, Upworthy/GOOD, Brooklyn Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. She loves to run races, but her favorite finish lines are gelato shops. Learn more at
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