Recipe Review – Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

This is a pie I encountered from my cousin June, who brought two of them to my grandfather’s wake back in January. My sister and I ate a whole pie between us that night. This is a recipe you’ll want to make as often as you can, and considering how easy it is…you just might. (A picture will be added later, promise!)



  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 9″ pie shell
  1. Prepare pie shell according to instructions.
  2. In saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually add milk and eggs. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  3. Reduce heat, cook and stir two minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Refrigerate until set. Store leftovers in the fridge.



This is a chocolate pie. Is there anything else that needs to be said? If left alone to my own devices, I could probably eat an entire one of these in one sitting.

I will say that I don’t put the vanilla in my chocolate pie. At first it was an accident because I completely spaced on it. I can tell you it doesn’t make that much of a difference, because the vanilla that is called for is such a minuscule amount you’ll never taste it.

The most difficult part of this recipe is the fact that it does not want to thicken. I stirred it for probably 15-20 minutes the night I cooked it before it even began to thicken up. You’ll think, “Oh, this has to be it,” but you’ll really be able to tell when the pie filling is ready.

If you want to be extra-fancy, you can make yourself a meringue out of the egg whites you have left over (you can refer to the coconut cream pie recipe review in order to see how to do that). My meringue sadly did not whip the way it should have. It ended up being sad, but it worked nonetheless. (Dang. I might have to make myself a pie tonight.)

This is a recipe that I will easily give 5/5 stars. You can probably attempt to improve it, but why would you bother with perfection?


  • delicious
  • good hot or cold


  • might be too rich for some
  • takes forever for the filling to thicken

Do you think you’ll give this a shot? Do you have a chocolate pie recipe that you think could rival mine? Let me know in the comments.

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