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Chocolate Pudding Pie

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This easy no-bake recipe makes the best Chocolate Pudding Pie, complete with creamy pudding mousse and whipped cream atop a graham cracker crust.
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Table of Contents
  1. CHOCOLATE PUDDING PIE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE PUDDING PIE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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When it comes to no-bake desserts, this delicious chocolate pudding pie is the best! This simple recipe is made with just 4 ingredients to make a creamy, chocolate pie that is the perfect ending to any meal.

If you are looking for another great recipe for chocolate desserts, make sure you check out our chocolate pudding cake or chocolate poke cake.

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING PIE INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

  • 1 box (5.85 ounces) chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 pre-made 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 8-ounce tub of whipped cream
  • 2% milk (as called for on pudding box)
  • 1 regular sized Hershey’s chocolate bar (optional for garnish)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CRUST: For true chocolate addicts, try using an Oreo crust, chocolate cookie crust, or one that is made of chocolate graham crackers in place of graham crackers for an even more indulgent dessert.

MILK: Most pudding mixes call for milk, I like to use 2% or whole milk because it makes the filling of the pie extra rich and creamy. You could also use other types of milk, based on your preference.

WHIPPED CREAM: You could use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip if you prefer in this easy chocolate pudding pie.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE PUDDING PIE RECIPE

PRO TIP:

It’s highly recommended to make this simple dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, prepare your instant chocolate pudding mix by following the directions on the back of the box.

chocolate pudding pie process shot of chocolate pudding in a bowl

STEP TWO: Pour a little less than half of your chocolate pudding into the bottom of your graham cracker pie crust.

PRO TIP:

While not required, I’d recommend setting your premade pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate to give it a bit of extra stability on the bottom.

chocolate pudding pie process shot of chocolate pudding being poured on top of pie crust

STEP THREE: In the mixing bowl, mix the remaining ½ of your chocolate pudding with ½ of the whipped cream and stir them together well. Then, add this chocolate pudding filling as the next layer of the pie.

chocolate pudding pie process shot of whipped cream mixture being mixed together and then being spread on top of pie

STEP FOUR: Add the last ½ of the remaining un-mixed whipped cream to the top of the pie, and smooth out the top.

chocolate pudding pie process shot of whipped cream being spread on top of pie

STEP FIVE: Using a potato peeler to make chocolate shavings from the Hershey’s chocolate bar to add to the top of your pie as a garnish.

chocolate pudding pie process shot of chocolate shavings being garnished on top of the pie

STEP SIX: Refrigerate the chocolate pudding pie for at least 1 hour to let it set and firm up a bit, before serving. When ready, just remove from the fridge, cut into slices and enjoy!

PRO TIP:

Don’t skip the chilling step as you need to give the pie and filling time to set.

HOW TO SERVE

Enjoy this classic chocolate pudding pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side and a drizzle of chocolate fudge on top for an extra decadent dessert. If you are a chocoholic, you could add a mug of Instant Pot hot chocolate on the side.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Using a pre-made pie shell makes for very easy storage of the homemade chocolate pudding pie. Simply snap the lid on top and place it in the fridge. It is important that you store the leftover pie in the fridge between servings, or the pie filling can melt and it won’t firm up in the same shape again.

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This easy no-bake recipe makes the best chocolate pudding pie (check out our amazing chocolate pudding cake for another amazing option). Creamy pudding mousse and whipped cream top a graham cracker crust for the perfect blend of texture and decadent flavors. It is sure to be a family favorite and the hardest part will be waiting for it to chill!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this no-bake chocolate pudding pie?

This easy recipe can be frozen for up to a month covered in plastic wrap.

Could I make my own graham cracker crust?

This chocolate pie recipe would work with a homemade crust as well. Just buy graham cracker crumbs or blend graham crackers in the food processor. Add melted butter, press into a 9-inch pie pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350°F before proceeding with the recipe.

Could I use a different crust for this instead of the graham cracker crust?

You could substitute an oreo cookie crust for an extra dose of chocolate in this easy chocolate pie.

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

5 from 60 votes
This easy no-bake recipe makes the best Chocolate Pudding Pie, complete with creamy pudding mousse and whipped cream atop a graham cracker crust.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 5.85 ounces instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 pre-made 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
  • 8 ounces whipped cream
  • 2% milk as called for on pudding box
  • 1 regular sized Hershey's Chocolate Bar

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the instant chocolate pudding per package directions.
  • Pour a little less than half of your chocolate pudding into the bottom of your graham cracker pie crust.
  • Mix the remaining pudding with ½ of the whipped cream and stir well. Add as the next layer of pie.
  • Add ½ of the remaining whipped cream to the top of the pie.
  • Using a potato peeler, shave off chocolate pieces to add to the top of your pie.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or more. Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: For even more chocolate flavor, try substituting an Oreo cookie pie crust instead. 
TIP: It’s highly recommended to make this simple dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.
 
TIP: While not required, I’d recommend setting your premade pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate to give it a bit of extra stability on the bottom.
 
TIP: Don’t skip the chilling step as you need to give the pie and filling time to set.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Maria says

    My cool whip on top melted because the pudding was too hot. In hindsight I should have let the pudding cool and THEN put the whipped cream on top. Lol It was my first time ever making pudding. And I’m 40 years old! Hopefully it’s as good as my husband’s grandmother made it!

  2. Barbara Allen says

    Where do the marshmallows come into this recipe? They are listed in the pictures of the ingredients, but I don’t see where we use them???

      • karen shepherd says

        5 stars
        delicious and so easy to make! when i prepared the first layer of just the pudding in the shell, i added finely chopped up butterfinger candy bars. i also added a dusting of butterfinger and finely chopped choc hershey bars to the top! yum!

  3. MaryahRose says

    5 stars
    Haven’t made this yet…but sounds absolutely delicious…. Will definitely me making it very soon!!!

  4. Gail says

    5 stars
    I make my own crust and sometimes I put a little chilly powder in the chocolate mix, not too much, just enough to give it some warmth.

  5. Carla Jans says

    5 stars
    I’d love to try this with oreo crust.
    I’d also use cool whip on to or whipping cream.
    I’d also grate chocolate on top of the whipping cream.
    This sounds actually very delicious.

  6. LaVerne Ray says

    5 stars
    I haven’t made this pie yet.I need to buy ingredients first.I would not use the chocolate bar
    Or the cool whip.Just my preference.

  7. Lisa says

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I would top with fresh made whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Can’t wait to try!

  8. Shawnalee Farrington says

    5 stars
    I would definitely use real stabilized whipping cream with this recipe. It just would add a layer of flavor into for me!

  9. Charlotte says

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to give it a try. I think you could use your favorite chocolate bar for the shavings. For me that would be Sarris chocolate!

  10. Sarah says

    5 stars
    I would definitely make this with Oreo cookie crust because there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!

  11. Diane Compton says

    5 stars
    This is my favorite chocolate pie recipe, and I always use a graham cracker crust. I sometimes sprinkle toffee bits on top of the whipped cream.

  12. Lacie Gaines says

    5 stars
    Looks yummy and easy.
    I would stick with graham cracker crust as I am not a fan or chocolate crust. I also would skip
    Sprinkles and chocolate on top of whip cream. Looks great with graham crust, chocolate puddings and cool whip.

  13. Linda says

    5 stars
    I have made this pie several times using either the chocolate or graham crust. The chocolate crust wins as the favourite. It is my go to chocolate pie because of the mousse layer and I always use real whip cream.

  14. Charlotte says

    5 stars
    I make this pie often. I use a graham crust most of the time. This is a fast and easy pie to make and everyone likes it so it is a win win.

  15. Charlotte says

    5 stars
    I use a graham crust most of the time. This is a fast and easy pie to make and everyone likes it so it is a win win.

  16. Lillian says

    5 stars
    I would use an oreo pie crust, real whipped cream not cool.whip, also top the pie with dark chocolate chips and shaved 85% chocolate bar

  17. Ashley Perez says

    5 stars
    I’ve made something similar. I used cool whip and love the Graham cracker crust! I put chocolate sprinkles on top. I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

  18. Rhonda P says

    Love love love chocolate. I remember my mother making pies on holidays..Always so good. I would use a graham cracker crust for this pie. Oreo pie crust would be too much chocolate for me and I am not that fond of Oreo cookies either. Thank you for all your recipes

  19. Penny says

    5 stars
    This is a fun and easy recipe, used to make often for a quick chocolate dessert for last minute guests. Love these recipes

  20. Shirley Hunter says

    5 stars
    I used the graham cracker crust but added chopped pecans on top and then the chocolate mixture and then the choc. And whipped cream and then the topping with added pecans chopped and a little Carmel syrup on top. Delish!!

  21. Alice says

    5 stars
    This sounds absolutely amazing! I’m definitely going to save this recipe. I prefer graham cracker crust over Oreos. Unless I used golden Oreos which may change the flavor a bit. Depending on how much time I had I would make home made whipped cream and add chocolate shavings on top! Yum!! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Linda Murray says

    5 stars
    I love to make this with Cool Whip for the ease of it. Having this for company dessert tomorrow.

  23. Cheryl says

    5 stars
    I personally would use the graham cracker crust, whole milk, Kool whip and chocolate shavings all. Yum chocolate pie is my fav.

  24. Jodi says

    5 stars
    I like to use choc fudge pudding richer chocolate taste, Oreo crust. I also like to cut the milk by at least 1/4 cup. The pie is a little firmer and hold together better when you cut and serve❤️

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