Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie: Happy Independence Day, America!!!

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The Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, is just around the corner.  Last year we celebrated with mouthwatering Grilled Chicken Legs Wrapped in Bacon (Churrasco de Frango).   But this year we will be celebrating the date with none other than a summery Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie… And since we’re making it for America’s birthday, in a manner of speaking you could even say we will be making some “American Pie,” like the famous song that’s even now playing in my head.  :)

This recipe  also represents our contribution for the month of July to the Chocolate Party hosted by Roxana’s Home Baking.  Our secret ingredient this time is ice cream!!!  But don’t forget about our other equally delicious previous Chocolate Party treats: Chocolate-Strawberry Slump and White Chocolate-Cherry Pie Bars.

Now, I know, I know… some folks might reasonably be asking: ” Why do you, as a Brazilian,  celebrate America’s Independence Day?”

My answer is simple: “My beloved Brazil is my mother land, but the United States is my ‘father’ land.”  Huh?!  By this I mean that  the United States is the country that I came to know later– it is where I live in by choice.  Moreover, I legally became an American citizen several years ago — by choice!  And do you know what?  Just as I love my biological mother and father, I love both countries — A LOT!!!  I have been molded, culturally speaking, by both countries.  And I am grateful for and to both!!!  So just as I celebrate the Independence of Brazil every September 7th, I also celebrate America’s birthday every 4th of July.  The difference is,  I celebrate Brazil’s Independence as a proud native Brazilian, and America’s as the American that I am — not by birth, but in heart.  That means a lot to me… For those who have experienced only one citizenship it might be hard to fully comprehend.  But not for me, as I stand for two countries.   I know exactly who I am, and how much of an honor it is to be a citizen of both countries — despite each of our/their respective problems and adversities…

The Beautiful American Flag

Well, I am sharing a slice of my American Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie with you. ;)

Happy Independence Day, Dad America!!!

“…Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?…

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie -- Happy Independence Day, America!!!!!!!!!!

Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie
 
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Effortless, creamy, and delicious frozen chocolate pudding ice cream pie recipe. A must-have on hot, busy summer days!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the pies:
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla ice cream, melted (I used my favorite: Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
  • Blueberries and raspberries (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • For decoration (optional):
  • 1 (9-in) ready-to-fill pie crust, thawed
  • 1 large egg , slightly beaten
  • Sanding or coarse crystal sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk melted ice cream and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Pour into graham cracker crusts.
  2. Freeze chocolate pudding ice cream pies for at least 8 hours or until firm. Garnish top of the mini pies with berries and whipped cream if desired -- and serve!!! ; or decorate according to the instructions below.
  3. To decorate pies (optional): Roll out thawed pie crust over a floured surface. With a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut about several ¼-in.-wide strips (about 3 for each mini pie). The length of the stripes will be about 3 inches long. With a cookie cutter, cut 2 mini stars for each pie from remainder of the crust.
  4. Brush strips and stars with beaten egg; sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line one or more baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange stripes and stars on the baking sheet (s) and bake for about 8 minutes or until pastry is lightly golden brown. Place on wire rack and cool completely. Decorate top of the frozen chocolate pudding ice cream pies with both the berries and pastry. Serve immediately!

Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie -- Happy Birthday, America!!!!!!!!

 Ice cream pie…Enjoy these delicious ice cream pies! Let’s celebrate the 4th of July with these refreshing, hassle-free chocolate pudding ice cream pies!!!   

 

Roxana's Chocolate Party

How to participate (the rules):
1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose.  It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.
2.) Include a link back to the Chocolate party page.  Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.
3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.
-add the linky code at the bottom of your post.

-have fun!!!

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37 Responses to Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream Pie: Happy Independence Day, America!!!

  1. Coffee and Crumpets July 1, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    What festive little pies! They are so easy to make, love it! Hope you have a fun July 4th.

    Nazneen

    • Denise Browning July 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks, Nazneen! Wishing you and your family a very happy Independence Day!

  2. Abbe@This is How I Cook July 1, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Darling, Denise. And I loved the second verse of the Star Spangled Banner. I never knew it!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    These are so cute, Denise! Love that festive berry topping :).

  4. Liz July 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Yup, my family will place their order now! I think 5 of these beauties will be perfect for the 4th. What a cute idea for the topping, Denise!

  5. Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Oh Denise…what a luscious dessert! I love everything about this….from your pudding ice cream to the berries to the pretty little pieces of pie crust on the top! You’ve got my mind thinking about how I want to make this for myself! Great addition to the chocolate party and a very lovely post!

  6. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk July 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    These are so cute! i love the idea of vanilla ice cream and pudding mix–I will have to try this!

  7. The Ninja Baker July 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I completely comprehend the affiliation to 2 countries, Denise. Both the cultures of America and Japan are a part of me =)

    Your 4th of July celebration dessert is as spectacular as the fireworks that rocket to the sky =) You can bet your ice cream pie recipe is a keeper!

    • Denise Browning July 2, 2013 at 8:45 am #

      Thanks a lot, The Ninja Baker! It is good to find people who both understands and stands for two countries. Wishing you a great 4th of July!!!

  8. Heather @girlichef July 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    These are just beautiful…from the festive pie crust cut-outs to the filling itself. Perfect dessert for Independence Day!

  9. Suzanne July 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    These cute little chocolate pudding pies are adorable, and perfect for the 4th of July! Your photos are so festive and the crust is great!

  10. Raymund July 2, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    That looks so amazing, very American. Nice work.

  11. veronica gantley July 2, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    This looks homey and delicious! I sure could go for some piel right now.

  12. Deb July 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    What a delightful 4th of July recipe and post! Ice cream is always a part of our 4th of July celebration and chocolate pudding with ice cream sounds scrumptious! Have a lovely holiday Denise!

  13. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking July 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I love the way you said id “I have a mother country and a father country” I’m just like you. I celebrate Romania’s day on December 1st and American’s day on July 4th.
    These pies are absolutely adorable! Just perfect for the holiday.
    Thanks for sharing Denise.

    • Denise Browning July 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      My pleasure, Roxana! Good to know there are other bloggers who are citizens of 2 countries — just like me.

  14. Daniela July 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    These little pies look so cute.
    I love the idea to combine them with chocolate pudding ice cream.
    As always ,you got the best of two worlds Denise :)

  15. Christie - Food Done Light July 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I just love this post, the whole thing. What a nice surprise to see the Star Spangle Banner. I love the concept of the ice cream pudding too.

  16. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com July 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Perfect choice for July 4th! All the right colors and you even got those cute little stars!

  17. Gourmet Getaways July 3, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    What a gorgeous and celebratory pie! I love it :) so clever and such beautiful images :)

  18. Kate@Diethood July 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Beautiful post, my friend. I am also a dual, so I know what you mean… we love our motherland and our fatherland. :)

    And this pudding ice cream pie is just as beautiful!! Love it!

    Have a great holiday!

    • Denise Browning July 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Kate!!! Likewise. Enjoy the holiday with your family.

  19. The Café Sucre Farine July 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Denise, this looks wonderful, I love how rich your pudding looks and those decorations are so fun, great idea!! Happy Fourth to you and your family!

  20. Cindys Recipes and Writings July 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Perfect little desserts!

  21. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 5, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    These are so adorable and festive!! Happy 4th, Denise :)

  22. Mi Vida en un Dulce July 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Well, if you live in the US, you has to celebrate, and that doesn’t mean you don’t love Brasil…!!!
    Happy 4th of July

  23. Kalyan July 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    just mouthwatering….looks delicious!

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