I have heard of grasshopper pie many, many times but somehow have never had it, so when I saw this old recipe card I knew I had to seize the opportunity. I knew enough to know that it was a chilled pie that combines mint and chocolate so there was plenty to be excited about. But it also turns out to be a very easy pie that’s refreshing and a little nostalgic-feeling too.
This card came to me through the Recipe Tin Project, which is a project where I cook my way through an old recipe tin full of vintage recipes. But you might have already guessed that. It’s chock full of old recipe cards, most of which seem to be from the ’60s and ’70s, though some are older. I love food history, and the idea is to breathe new life into these recipes from the past and maybe learn a technique or two from them along the way. The recipes come from different people with different handwriting; some have sweet illustrations while others are on plain (often smudged and stained) index cards.
This one is on an unlined index card that’s tan in color and even browner around the edges. The cursive looks like it came from someone older, as it’s a little shaky in places, but it’s easy enough to read. While some cards list out the ingredients and instructions separately, this one meshes them together in very simple fashion. There are a couple of misspellings, but there’s no mincing words here.
The card has you melt exactly 36 marshmallows and some milk together in a double boiler that you then allow to cool before folding whipped cream into it. That’s the base of the pie, but creme de cacoa and creme de menthe make up the flavor (they’re listed as cream of cocoa and cream of mint) along with the oreo cookie crust. Your pour the filling into the crust and then chill in the freezer. It’s about as easy as pie gets.
Grasshopper Pie is called Grasshopper Pie because of its green hue and this one could’ve used a extra nudge from some food coloring. Though it was pale, the mint flavor was right on point — not overwhelming, but balanced with an airy, creamy filling and the crunch of the chocolate shell. I’m so glad I got to try this pie — I’m definitely a Grasshopper Pie fan! It’s refreshing and a little bit retro, but a true classic through and through.
Yield 1 pie
10m prep time
1 cook time
2h 40m inactive
- 36 marshmallows
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 pt whipping cream
- 1 shot creme de cocoa
- 1 shot creme de menthe
- Oreo cookie crust
- Melt marshmallows and milk together in a double boiler. Cool.
- Whip whipped cream and fold into marshmallow mixture. Stir in creme de cocoa and creme de menthe. Pour into oreo cookie crust.
- Put in freezer til ready to use.