My Grandma’s Famous Pudding Pie


Zora Hesselberth, Writer

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite recipes from my grandma. This is my grandma’s chocolate pudding pie recipe. Whenever I go to my grandma’s house I always ask if we can make the pudding pie! First I am going to tell you about the recipe. This pie has chocolate jello and cool whip base. The pie filling has more of a mousse texture and is very lightweight. The crust is a graham cracker crust and you can buy the crust at a store but if they don’t have it then you can make it yourself with graham crackers and butter.


1 cup of frozen yogurt

1 box chocolate instant pudding

2 cups low fat milk

1 box vanilla instant pudding

1 cup cool whip

10-inch graham cracker pie shell


Whisk the frozen yogurt then add milk slowly while whisking. Add pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes and then let it sit until medium-thick (usually right away). Fold in cool whip spread into the pie shell. Add on a thin layer of cool whip. Let sit in the refrigerator for 3 hours before serving. Enjoy!

If you take a look at different types of chocolate pie from different places around the world you will see that in Italy they like to do a traditional pie crust when Americans tend to enjoy a graham cracker crust better with their chocolate pie. Another interesting thing is that in France they call a chocolate pie a silk pie. 

When I was interviewing people a lot of them were telling me that when you eat it you might want to have a cup of water or milk nearby because the flavor can get kind of overwhelming at the end of your piece. When you are creating the pie you could also add less of the chocolate instant pudding. They were also telling me that the graham cracker crust adds some crunch to the recipe and also dials down the chocolate flavor in the pie. 

When I was making this I accidentally left it in the fridge for 6 hours but it was just as good! So if you do not want to eat the pie right when the 3-hour marker comes around leave it in the fridge and it won’t taste any worse!