Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding

Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding

custard, champagne, New Year's Eve, rice, white chocolate
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Champagne White Chocolate Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is typically a homey, cozy sweater, and boyfriend jeans kind of dessert.  However, when you add champagne and white chocolate, rice pudding glams up and becomes a glitzy New Year’s Eve treat.  White chocolate is the predominant flavor in this rice pudding with a subtle champagne taste that comes through at the end of each spoonful.  You can add other spices to your taste, such as vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

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To prepare champagne and white chocolate rice pudding, I used a slightly adapted recipe for white chocolate rice pudding that I found on Serious Eats (originally from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts).  In my version, I cook the rice in champagne instead of water (lucky rice!).

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Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding

Yield: 8 servings

Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding


  • 1 3/4 cups champagne (the cheap stuff is fine)
  • 3/4 cup medium-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups (1 quart) half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels


  1. In a large saucepan, bring champage and rice to a boil.
  2. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Warning: The champagne will bubble like crazy! It looks like you are cooking soap bubbles. This is normal.
  4. With heat still on medium-low, add sugar, half and half, and salt.
  5. Stirring often, cook for thirty minutes or until rice pudding reaches desired thickness (I like mine to have the thickness of a bowl of oatmeal).
  6. Add white chocolate and stir until melted.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving.


Optionally, top rice pudding with cinnamon, nutmeg, or nuts.

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3 comments on “Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Wonder if the white chocolate and caviar combo would work here, too?

  2. Maria Clara says:

    Hi, in your “Champagne and White Chocolate Rice Pudding” recipe you have in your list of ingredients “4 cups (1 quart) half and half”. I am from Colombia, South America, and I could`t know what is this about. Maybe milk? Thanks in advance for your help.

  3. Maria Clara says:

    I mean “I couldn’t know”

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