February 14, 2013

Chocolate for Valentine's Day

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Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

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.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

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.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

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.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie
The pie on the left was mixed for seven minutes.
The one on the right, two minutes.

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.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

If you want to add a pop of color, add a maraschino cherry with a stem on top.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

A festive touch for Valentine's Day is to garnish the whipped cream with some candy conversation hearts 

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

or other Valentine candy.

Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Dream Pie

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!  


Chocolate Dream Pie
6 to 8 Servings

1 envelope Dream Whip whipped topping mix
1 1/2 cups milk, divided
1 (4 serving size) pkg. chocolate instant pudding and pie filling (not sugar-free)
1 (6 oz.) chocolate pie crust

Mix Dream Whip and 1 cup milk in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended.  Beat on high speed 4 minutes until topping thickens and forms peaks.  Add remaining milk and pudding mix; blend. Beat at high speed 2 minutes for a light and fluffy filling or 7 minutes for a smooth filling.  Spoon into pie crust.  Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator.

© Margaret's Morsels



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  2. Heaven...that's what this looks like!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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    1. Thanks for the comment and for hosting the link party. If you're a chocolate lover, check my blog tomorrow (hopefully) for a chocoholic's dream recipe!

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  3. Sounds great, my favorite kind of pie!! Thanks for sharing at The Happiness is Homemade Link Party, hope to see you back on Sunday!

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    1. If you like chocolate, check my blog tomorrow or Thursday for a chocoholic's dream recipe! Thanks for the opportunity to share the recipe at your party:)

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  4. Chocolate! And more chocolate! I love the simplicity of this recipe, and thanks for showing examples of the mixing times. Thanks for sharing and linking up to What'd You Do This Weekend. Pinning! :-)

    Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Four ingredients and half of them are chocolate:) Thanks for hosting the linky party!

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  5. I love it!

    Coming from Melt in Your Mouth Monday. Visit my blog and say Hi!

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    1. Thanks, Mika! I'll stop by your blog and return the foodie love:)

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  6. Four ingredients. Half are chocolate. That's the best math ever! Thank you for sharing, Margaret!

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    1. You're welcome, Michelle! Isn't this the best kind of math:)

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  7. This looks delicious! It's really cute with the Valentine's candy on it. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I hope to be at your party again next week. Thanks for the opportunity to share the recipe!

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  8. Your pie looks just lovely. My mom always used Dream Whip....stirs many memories in me to think of it. So tickled you shared at Weekend Potluck. We'd love if it you'd link back to the party within your post (it makes you eligible for features). Thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! I'm new to the link party circuit. How do I link back to the party within my post? Thanks.

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