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The best chocolate pie recipe we’ve ever found is the one Ann’s step-mom shared with her years ago. It is said to have been the one used by Bishop’s Buffet in Lincoln, Neb. It is rich and creamy and super easy to make. Even those like me who do not follow recipes well can usually make this recipe successfully.

Ann’s step-mom, Janna Karst, made this pie all the time when Ann was growing up and it is a family favorite. Janna shared the recipe and lots of tips and tricks with us in a Facebook live video you can watch below.


The secret to the best chocolate pie

This chocolate pie recipe is very easy and requires just a few ingredients you should be able to easily find at your local grocery store. But the secret to making this pie so rich and creamy is vanilla ice cream. 

Janna said she uses Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream, but has also used reduced fat ice cream, as well, and it turned out just fine. Even though the recipe includes ice cream, the completed pie does not need to be frozen, just refrigerated. 

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We love this pie and serve it at most holiday gatherings. We know others love it, too, because we rarely have a piece left over. Let us know if you make this best chocolate pie recipe and be sure to tag us on social media @postcardjar. 

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Bishop's no-bake chocolate pie

This recipe is super-easy, but it tastes like a million bucks!
4.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Hand mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Vegetable peeler


  • 2 cup Milk
  • 2 cup Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 box Chocolate instant pudding 5.9 oz. box
  • 1 box Vanilla instant pudding 5.1 oz. box
  • 1 Graham cracker crust 9"
  • Cool Whip
  • Hershey's chocolate bar


  • Place milk and ice cream into mixing bowl. Blend together using the hand mixer until smooth
  • Add chocolate and vanilla instant pudding, mix for an additional two minutes with the hand mixer
  • Pour mixture into graham cracker crust
  • Top with Cool Whip. Gently touch the top of the pie with a spatula and pull up to create peaks, if desired
  • Using the vegetable peeler, shave the Hershey's bar over the pie, dropping some chocolate curls onto the top of the pie
  • Place pie into refrigerator until ready to eat. No need to re-freeze as the pudding will make the pie set.


This pie can be made the day before it will be served if desired. Be sure to use only instant pudding for this recipe.
Keyword chocolate pie, dessert, pie
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

There are also lots of ways to modify this pie, including:

  • Top with mini chocolate chips, candy bar pieces, or chopped nuts instead of the Hershey bar
  • Add ½ cup peanut butter to the mixture for a chocolate peanut butter pie
  • Cut some calories by using skim milk, low-fat ice cream, and reduced fat whipped topping

We would like to thank Ann’s step-mom Janna Karst for sharing this family favorite with us and all of you. Happy pie making! 

What is your favorite type of pie at Thanksgiving? 


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