There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up on Guam.

Champulådu is one of those dishes.  It’s a porridge of sorts, only made with rice, evaporated milk and CHOCOLATE!  I think that’s why I love it so much — who doesn’t love chocolate?

You don’t need too much rice for this dish.  A little goes a long way since you’ll be cooking the rice until it breaks down and thickens the liquid.




  • 1 cup uncooked rice, or 2 cups for a thicker “porridge”
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar


Cooking Instructions:

1.  Wash the rice and place in a medium sized pot.  Add water and cook over medium high heat.  Keep the pot lit on until the rice begins to boil.

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2.  Once the rice comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low; add cocoa powder, sugar, and milk.

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3.  Whisk to combine all the ingredients.  Continue to cook at a low simmer over medium-low heat for approximately 30 more minutes.  The mixture should thicken considerably during this time.  If it’s too thick for your liking, add more milk then adjust the sugar to taste.  Serve warm and enjoy!

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  1. Isabel says:

    Can we substitute the cocoa powder for anything else if we don’t have it? I.e. chocolate syrup, hot chocolate mix, etc.?

  2. Nicholas Davis says:

    I noticed you said one can of evaporated milk, but how big is the can of milk? I’m guessing 5oz can?

  3. Marie says:

    Could we substitute evaporated milk for regular milk?

  4. Francine James says:

    Do I have to use 1 cup of coco can I use 1/2

  5. Francine James says:

    Do we cover it after adding the Coco and stuff

  6. Bern says:

    Love this recipe, it definitely worked for me. Only variation I made when doubling this recipe was to add a can of coconut milk. That brought it to a whole new level! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Nikita says:

    Are you using sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?

  8. Cina I. says:

    ❤️ This warms my heart! I am so glad i found this! My grandma used to make it for all of us grand kids way back when, it brings back so many wonderful memories❤️ I love your website, it is the only quick bookmark i have on my phone’s browser. My family and i made titiyas the other day, another thing we would have during big family gatherings. In fact, most of your recipes take me back to my childhood. Thank you for this website and for sharing these with all of us ❤️

  9. Kailani Lynn says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I have been craving it lately, especially since winter is coming up. I love that it is so good, but is easy because it doesn’t take too much time or need too many ingredients. Thank you! xx

  10. Stephanie says:

    Fond memories of eating this as a child at my auntie’s house on Guam. I look forward to sharing this deliciousness with my own kids!

  11. Ursula says:

    Hafa Adai! I have been craving this for some time now! I can’t wait to try making it. What rice works best for this recipe? If I’m doubling the recipe, would I do 2 cups rice to 8 cups of water?

    • Hafa Adai, Ursula! I use medium grain rice when making champuladu. I don’t recommend jasmine rice because it has a strong flavor and aroma that I dont particularly care for in champuladu. Is you want to double the recipe, use 2 cups of rice and 8 cups of water; you also want to double the rest of the ingredients as well.

  12. lulu says:

    Is 4 cups a water correct for 1 cup of rice?

  13. trevor says:

    Sooooo goood family loved it

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