Chocolate Chiffon Pie

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was VERY memorable. If you follow Norine’s Nest on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know by now that my son and his wife surprised us and flew out from Virginia to be with us for the holiday! It was wonderful having all my “chicks” back in the nest for a few days! (I may have screamed a little loudly and cried a bit!)

Speaking of Thanksgiving….Remember the Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe I shared with you before Thanksgiving? At the time, I said that there was another “Chiffon Pie” our family loved SO much that it was a family favorite? I promised to share it with you at a later date. This is that day! Hooray!!!

This pie has been in our family for as long as I can remember. My Mom found this recipe and the Pumpkin Chiffon Pie at the same time. It is now on its third generation of adoring fans!

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When my son arrived the other night, after “Hi Mom!”… was… “I thought about this on the flight here…if Trevor and I are both going to be here for Thanksgiving you better make two Chocolate Chiffon Pies. One for him and One for me!”  Since I know their love of this pie…I saw the logic, and … I made two! 😉

This is a fluffy, creamy, dreamy pie with flecks of chocolate goodness throughout. Each mouthful is pure heaven! It’s like chocolate chip mousse only in a flaky crust. It’s not hard to make, it only looks intimidating. However…I will warn you. Once you make this pie for your family…be prepared for it to go right up the charts and land solidly on the top ten list and stay there forever!

Let’s do this….

You will need one baked 9 inch pie shell. You can use my pie crust recipe from the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You can find that link here. You will only need to do HALF that recipe as that is for a double pie crust. This is a single pie crust.

Next in a medium sauce pan add milk, unflavored gelatin, sugar, and chopped semi-sweet unsweetened chocolate. Stir continually, over medium low heat, till the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate flecks have melted.

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It should look like the photo below when the sugar has dissolved and the chocolate bits have melted. (Sorry the photo is a little blurry… Note to self to wait for it to stop spinning from stirring before taking photo!)

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Pour the mixture into a heat proof dish and place in the refrigerator till soft set. Check and stir about every 30 minutes. You don’t want the gelatin and chocolate to separate. It will take about 2 hours to soft set. When it is soft set it should be very thick.

I’ve heard horror stories of this pie not setting up! There are three key steps to making this pie and you MUST follow them if you want this to be a success…and you do! Cause you’re amazing!

#1)  EXACT measurements on the above ingredients! Do not add more milk, sugar, chocolate, etc. EXACT ingredient measurements.

#2) Do not rush the soft set portion of this recipe. Do NOT put it in the freezer hoping to move it along faster. This is a gelatin based dessert. Do you like frozen jello? No you don’t! No normal human being does! Let’s not do this to this piece of culinary art work! Let it set gradually and get a good solid soft set on it. Like a nice thick pudding!

#3) Whip the whip cream in the last step till STIFF PEAKS form. We don’t want butter…we want nice thick stiff peaks. If you don’t whip it till you have stiff peaks then when you go to fold this mixture into the whip cream you’ll have chocolate cream soup! Delicious? Perhaps. What we want? No!

Tip: I just leave my spoon in the mixture in the refrig. It makes it easier to stir and it’s a thick sticky mixture that you don’t want to have to clean off your spoon more than once!

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Once the gelatin mixture is ready, whip up 2 cups of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Pour the gelatin mixture into the mixing bowl with the whipped cream and gently fold to blend the two together. (Hey there’s my handy-dandy Christmas spatula! Haven’t seen her in a while! She’s about to fold this mixture beautifully!)

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Be sure that the two mixtures are completely blended and smooth. Do NOT stir. Fold the two together. (Yes! I’m repeating myself. I’m a mother…we do that…a LOT!) Once blended pour into the prepared pie crust. Chill for 6 hours or over night. This pie needs to “set”!  The longer you can allow it to chill the better.

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Once set, serve with a dollop of whip cream and get ready for all the rave reviews headed your way!

Move over Martha there’s a new kid in town and she can make Dreamy Chocolate Chiffon Pie! 😉 Sigh!

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I wish I had “Taste-a-blog” so you could each have at least one bite of this incredibly yummy pie.

It’s rich and oh so good! Perfect for the Holidays and those dinner parties you’ll be hosting. I promise even your little’s are going to want this pie. Start the addiction tradition early! 😉

I hope your family loves this pie as much as our family and that it becomes a part of your yearly Christmas dinner tradition. I’m so excited to share more recipes with you this holiday season! Let’s soak up every glorious moment this time of year has to offer!

I’m also sharing this recipe on the weekend potluck link party! You can click right here to find it and other amazingly yummy recipes from other blogger friends!

I’ve set a goal to do one-act of kindness leading up to Christmas. Won’t you join me? I’d love to have you along for the journey. Let me know what you’re doing and how it is filling your nest with Love!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Fantastic day!

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Chocolate Chiffon Pie
Chocolate Chiffon Pie
Norine Rogers

A fluffy creamy dreamy chiffon pie that is like a rich chocolate chip mousse piled high in a flaky crust and served with a dollop of whip cream. Perfect for the Holidays and sure to become a family favorite!


  • 1 envelope unflavored Knoxx gelatin
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 - 1oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 - 9 inch baked pie crust

  1. In a medium sauce pan combine gelatin and sugar. Add milk; cut chocolate into small pieces and add. (You can chop them up in your food processor if it is easier).
  2. Cook and stir over medium low heat, until gelatin is dissolved and chocolate is melted. (Mixture will be flecked with chocolate)
  3. Pour into a heat safe bowl. Chill, stirring occassionally till mixture mounds or is soft set.
  4. Prepare whipping cream.
  5. Fold into gelatin mixture.
  6. Pile into cooled pie shell.
  7. Chill 6 hours or over night till set.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Carrie | 29th Nov 16

    I have never made a pie with gelatin before. Def going to have to try this! If it’s a winner – which I’m sure it will be- I will make it for Christmas. Thanks!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Nov 16

      Hi Carrie! I know it seems a bit strange to use gelatin, I thought so too, but it works as a great thickening for these chiffon pies and it doesn’t taste like “jello” at all! Please let me know how you like this pie. I know I love it…maybe a bit too much! 😉 lol Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Rick Hulett | 27th Apr 17

    Hi Norine,

    I have been looking for the chocolate pie recipe my grandmother used to make me over 40 years ago. After looking through this recipe, I realized this was the “Pie” she used to make for me to take to college. Thanks for posting this. Can’t wait to bring back some memories.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 27th Apr 17

      Hi Rick!
      I’m so happy you found it too! It really is our most requested family recipe. Just isn’t a family gathering without it. I love the story of your Grandmother making this pie and sending it with you to college. When my son came home from college he would beg me to make him one of these pies. I was always happy to comply. Thank you for sharing with me. Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Norine

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