Friday, March 26, 2010

Quick Chocolate Mint Pie

Chocolate and mint are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this quick and easy pie exploits them both in a very yummy way!  It tastes a lot like chocolate mint chip ice cream, so you know it will be a crowd pleaser!

Tips:
  • You can use Cool Whip in place of the whipped cream, but I just think fresh whipped cream tastes better.
  • More or less peppermint extract can be used according to your tastes.
  • Grate the chocolate over a microplane grater, held directly over the pie. Alternatively, you can use a box grater over a plate, it can be a little unwieldly when held over a pie.

Quick Chocolate Mint Pie

1 chocolate cookie crust
1 5oz package Instant chocolate pudding
1 pint whipped cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3-4 drops green food coloring
grated chocolate for garnish

Prepare chocolate pudding as directed on box. Spoon into cookie crust. In a large mixing bowl (a cold bowl works best), beat 1 pint whipping cream until thickened, beat in powdered sugar, peppermint extract and green food coloring until peaks form and food coloring is well blended. Spoon over chocolate pudding, spreading to seal edges. Grate some bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate over the top as garnish. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.



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