Chocolate Thriller Frozen Chocolate Pie

January 3, 2012

For me, eating this pie is like eating a slice of nostalgia. Even without the memories, it’s a chocolate-on-chocolate frozen delight. The recipe, titled Kraft Chocolate Thriller is from my grandma’s recipe collection, and is at least 30 years old, maybe much older than that. It may look like an ice cream pie, but one bite of the smooth, chocolate, cream-cheesy filling and you’ll forget about ice cream.

Whipped cream and maraschino cherries, just like grandma used to do

You know what else is awesome about this pie, besides the taste? It’s frozen, so it’s a great make-ahead dessert. Some days,  a “best served on the day it’s made” dessert just doesn’t fit into the schedule.

Recipe notes

  • The original recipe calls for raw eggs, but since most of us stay away from raw eggs due to food safety concerns, I used pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs. It was my first time using pasteurized eggs, and a few minutes after putting the whites in my mixer to whip, they looked very…unwhipped. I had an oh crap moment and wondered if this was going to work. I turned the mixer off and did a quick Google search, found this information, and turned the mixer back on. With a little bit of cream of tartar and a whole lot more whipping time, the whites turned out great. Whew. This is definitely a job for a stand mixer.
  • The crust uses Nabisco Famous Wafers, which are thin, crisp, chocolate cookies. If you can’t find them, use another thin, crisp, chocolate cookie. The Famous Wafers are really tasty, though, so take a look at your grocery store.

Chocolate Thriller

1 1/2 cups crushed Nabisco Famous Wafers, or other chocolate wafers
1/3 cup melted butter (salted or unsalted)

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar, divided (1/4 cup and 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pasteurized in the shell eggs, at room temperature, separated
6 ounces chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup heavy cream

To make crust: Preheat oven to 325° F.  Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter and press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

To make filling: In a large bowl, using a stand mixer or hand mixer, blend cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. Blend in the egg yolks, then the melted and cooled chocolate and mix until thoroughly combined. Whip the egg whites, adding 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar after a couple of minutes and then gradually adding 1/2 cup sugar after a few more minutes; continue to whip until whites form soft peaks (see notes about whipping pasteurized egg whites). Fold the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. Whip the cream and fold it into the filling mixture (reserve a little bit of whipped cream if you want to use it to decorate the pie). Scoop filling into cooled crust and smooth the top. Cover the pan with plastic or foil and freeze overnight.

To serve: To soften a little before serving, put pie in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, or let it sit at room temperature for a short period.

Timing Tips: I whipped the cream in my stand mixer first and then transferred it to another bowl so I could wash the mixer bowl and use to to whip the egg whites. While the egg whites were whipping, I melted the chocolate and used a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg yolks, and chocolate.


  1. Oh yum, this is so up my alley Jill! Frozen pies are one of my favorites, and I love finding new ones.

  2. Yum! I’ve been excited to get this recipe. Looks fabulous!!

  3. Isn’t it great to rediscover an old family recipe? It always takes me back to about ten years old!

  4. How could anyone not like a pie called Chocolate Thriller? It looks fantastic, and the maraschino cherries add an extra “oooh” factor.

  5. That looks delicous, Jill! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I do love a make-ahead dessert.

  6. I think during my illness I hallucinated that you put chopped up cherries in the filling, not just on top. so odd…anyway, it looks great and you and my friend Sarah were on the same wavelength this holiday – she made a chocolate pie as well. looks wonderful as always.

    • Chopped cherries in the filling sounds good – maybe you should hallucinate more!

  7. Wow. I am so sick of candy and not really wanting to bake too much. This looks SOOOO like the treat I need right now!!!!

    Retro and delicious. I gotta make this soon!!!!!

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever had a slice of that pie, but I really want to!

  9. That looks dangerously amazing.

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