Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate, but that doesn't have to mean candy. As Forrest Gump eloquently said in the movie, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Unlike a box of candy, there won't be any unwanted pieces when it comes to chocolate pie, especially one with a delectable chocolate filling on top of a chocolate crumb crust. If you think you don't have the skills to make a pie, think again! Chocolate Dream Pie doesn't require any cooking, only uses four ingredients and half of them are chocolate!
The pie starts by combining Dream Whip and milk. Dream Whip, a powdered whipped topping mix, is a tastier alternative to Cool Whip and much faster to prepare than whipped cream. In several recipes I've posted, I suggested, for better results, not using low-fat or nonfat ingredients. When using Dream Whip, it's actually better to use the lower fat alternatives. I found this out the hard way.
The first time I ever made this pie, I assumed it would be firmer if I used whole milk. While I was mixing the ingredients, I glanced at the Dream Whip box and read the following sentence: "For best results, use 2% reduced fat milk, 1% low-fat or fat-free milk." This works out good since we drink 1% milk.
Combine the Dream Whip and milk with an electric mixer on low speed just until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat four minutes until the mixture thickens and forms peaks on the beaters.
Add some more milk and a box of instant chocolate pudding and pie filling. Be sure to use regular chocolate pudding and not sugar-free. Sugar-free pudding doesn't have the same consistency and won't set up like regular pudding. You have two choices when it comes to beating the pudding into the Dream Whip mixture.
The original recipe called for beating the pudding two minutes. This makes a pie that's light and fluffy, but not as aesthetically pleasing as one that's beaten until the pudding is smooth, about seven minutes. The pies are delicious either way so the decision comes down to personal preference.
Spread the filling in a chocolate crumb crust and refrigerate at least four hours.
I like the pie plain, but my husband likes it garnished with whipped cream. If you want to garnish the garnish, sprinkle mini chocolate chips, chocolate curls or cocoa powder over the whipped cream.
If you want to add a pop of color, add a maraschino cherry with a stem on top.
A festive touch for Valentine's Day is to garnish the whipped cream with some candy conversation hearts
or other Valentine candy.
I'm late posting this recipe so you might not have time to make the pie today. Next year, think outside the heart shaped box and surprise your Valentine with a Chocolate Dream Pie instead. It won't get thrown away like some pieces of candy!