Paula's Pie Project Blog

52 different pies in 52 weeks

Pie #45- Snickers Candy Bar November 8, 2010

I don’t know about anyone else, but the children here at my house are recovering from the amazing sugar high that has lasted all week.  My boys have finally gotten to the bottom of their Halloween candy (Thank God!) and are now going into complete corn syrup withdraw.  Good thing I was well prepared and had them give me all of their snickers candy bars the night of Halloween, otherwise I would have had to come up with a new name for this pie.  

Also, this year I had some unbelievable will power going on.  Normally, I eat all the chocolate candy I can get my hands on, but on Halloween night I only had one piece of taffy.  And that’s been it all week!  Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to this candy (my favorite) infused pie since last Sunday…yum!

So I have to give a little shout out to my former high school classmate, Jennifer Beard Storey, who I haven’t seen in….hmmm…twenty something years.  Gotta love Facebook.  It was there she found out about my pie blog and unbelievably finds it interesting enough to read.  Anyway, thanks Jennifer for the recipe and your contribution to the project.  Someday, I need to introduce my four young lads to your four little beauties!!!

Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook.   
“Jan’s Nothing To Snicker at Snickers Pie”
 INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 15 whole crackers) 
  • 1 Tbl plus 2 tsp sugar
  • 6 Tbl unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 regular snickers bars
  • 1 3 oz package of chocolate pudding & pie filling mix
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream (I’ve also used cool whip)
 INSTRUCTIONS
  • Butter an 8″ in pie plate.  In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs and 1 Tbls of sugar.  Stir in melted butter until well combined.  Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pie dish.  Bake at 350 for 5-8 min or until set.  Cool completely.
  • Cut 4 snickers bars in half lengthwise and then into small 1/4 in pieces crosswise.  Sprinkle the pieces on the bottom of the crust.
  • Prepare the pudding mix according to the package directions for pie filling.  Spoon the filling over the snickers in the pice shell.  Cover w/plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Just before serving , in a small bowl beat the heavy cream w/the remaining 2 tsps of sugar with a mixer at high-speed until stiff peaks form.  Cut the remaining Snickers bar into pieces.  Cut the pie into slices and garnish each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and candy bar pieces. 
 



 

Personal Notes:

  • Ok it is week 45 out of 52 and at this point I can boast I am pretty good at making a pie crust out of flour. But my dirty little secret is that when it comes to a graham cracker crust, I suck.  The ones I have previously made have always completely fallen apart.  Up until this week’s crust, it finally worked!!!   I must have had that right amount of butter to graham cracker ratio.  The crust hardened when I baked it and then when I cut it, it actually stayed in true triangle pie slice form.  Thank you again, Jennifer for sharing Alice’s Brady Bunch’s cookbook recipe.  I can now raise my head high!
  • Easy. Easy. Easy.  In terms of ease of assembly, this pie tops the charts and ends up tied with Pie #19- Banana Split.  Seriously, quick and easy.  Not even an easy-bake oven is necessary.
  • Henry liked it.  (I keep thinking of that Life cereal commercial that used to run when we were young with the quote…”Mikey, he likes it.” )  Henry, he likes it!  (Wish I would have thought quick enough to photograph the moment.) This is now only the second pie he has actually liked and consumed…the other one was the banana split pie…go figure!?  Simple is best must be his mantra.
  • Ok, as for my opinion, the taste was not complex…it was chocolate pudding for goodness sake.  I loved my successful graham cracker crust and the bits of snickers candy bar and oh yeah, the fresh whipping cream.  AND of course I loved the fact I spent maybe fifteen whole minutes on the entire pie assembly and that my kids devoured it…..I’ll definitely make it again.
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