There’s something charming and frightening about this story-ad from Hershey’s. I think it might be because nothing says “winter snow” like… chocolate pie?
Snow Ghost Cocoa Cream Pie
1 9-in. baked pastry shell or crumb crust
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Sweetened whipped cream
Combine cocoa, sugar, salt and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Gradually blend milk into dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until filling boils; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; blend in butter and vanilla. Pour into pie crust. Carefully press plastic wrap directly onto pie filling. Cool; chill 3 to 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream.
I’m not going to post the entire story from the advertisement here, because that’s not really what my blog is about. But you should go read it yourself. It’s about a kid remembering his grandmother’s chocolate pie, and the strange handyman who used a ghost story to convince him to steal a piece. Go read it.
While you’re reading, I’ll just get all the ingredients together. Don’t mind me.
I like making puddings from scratch. Instant pudding is fast, but cornstarch pudding is more satisfying.
It’s coated the back of a spoon, so it should be ready to chill and thicken further.
Steaming hot pudding is then poured into the baked pie shell and left to cool for a while. Before I walked away, I checked that there wasn’t a weird handyman hanging outside asking my kid to steal the pie.
I used wax paper instead of plastic wrap (it’s what we’ve got) and it did prevent a skin from forming on top, but it also peeled off a thin top layer. Hmm.
This is a deeply rich chocolate pie, and tastes pretty good. It possibly should have been cooked a little longer, and also would have benefited from more whipped cream on top to help lighten the flavor. Also, that whole snow ghost story is… weird. Apparently we can blame ghosts for all the weird winter weather. GOOD TO KNOW.