Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie recipe at

I have to be honest…….I’ve never been a big fan of pudding pies.  Banana cream, yes! My mom and grandma made the best!  but other than that, I much prefer a juicy warm fruit pie with vanilla ice cream melting over the top.

But a few weeks ago, when traveling I was flipping thru a magazine and spotted a pie recipe that really caught my attention.  Maybe it was the name, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie, but this didn’t seem like any ordinary boring pudding pie and I knew it was something I wanted needed to make!

So, last weekend I channeled my inner 50’s domestic goddess and Kari Russell, as Jenna, in Waitress.  The girl from the deep south who works as a waitress and spends her days dreaming up and making all sorts of unique pies!  I tied on my ruffly apron and stirred my chocolate ganache.  The only thing missing was the vintage stove in a pastel tinted kitchen!

 Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie recipe at


The dark chocolate pudding filling is smooth and creamy, and pairs perfectly with the pretzel crust.   I used Ghirardelli chocolate and must say that you should use the best quality chocolate you can afford.  It can/does makes a difference.

What I used:

Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa

Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate

Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pie #LovethePie

Summary: A crust made from crushed pretzels pairs deliciously with a a rich chocolate custard filling.


  • 4 ounces (3 cups) broken pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, divided and lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor combine pretzels, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and butter; blend until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture firmly into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake crust until fragrant and just turning golden, 10 to 15 minutes; cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan whisk together 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, salt, and milk. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar is just dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk in egg yolks. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and just boils, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Place pan in a bowl of ice and water and stir occasionally until custard cools.
  3. While custard cools, make a chocolate ganache to cover pie crust. Place chopped semi sweet chocolate in medium bowl. Heat 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream in microwave about 30-40 seconds (just until boils). Pour warm cream over chocolate and stir until melted. Pour over cooled pie crust, using rubber spatula to help spread chocolate up the sides and over entire bottom of crust. Place in refrigerator or freezer until set.
  4. Pour custard into cooled crust with hardened ganache and press plastic wrap directly onto surface. Chill until firm, 4 hours or up to a day.
  5. Whip cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form, spread over pie and garnish with extra pretzels and chocolate shavings.


Recipe adapted from Ladies Home Journal.

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This pie is  a little time consuming, but actually pretty easy to make and  impressive for  chocolate-loving family or company! Definitely made me feel like a blue ribbon winner!


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  1. I am the opposite and have always been a HUGE fan of pudding-based pies… which is why I think I’ve died and gone to heaven here.


  2. omg this looks great! Such a fun idea

  3. My husband is a huge fan of pudding-based pies…this looks awesome!

  4. I am the same, not so much on the pudding pies, but I could eat the crust all day every day!

  5. We love all sorts of pies around here and this one looks FABULOUS, Cheryl!!!

  6. YUMMMMMY! Looks divine, Cheryl!

  7. Oh wow, incredible. I may have to make this yummy pie for the holidays, looks delish!

  8. Cheryl, this looks so divine! When i saw the beginnings of it on instagram – i was desperate to see the finished product and suss out the recipe! I was not disappointed! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Looks amazing!! Seriously gorgeous.

  10. Sweet and Salty! My favorite! I have always loved chocolate covered pretzels. Mmmmm… 🙂

  11. I have only ever once made a pudding pie, and it was not prietty. Total slop fest when I tried to cut it, not goo, but this sounds easy enough I may feel brave enough to try again.

  12. I love pretzels and chocolate together. Something about the bitterness of the chocolate and the salt on the pretzel is a win-win taste sensation! I forgot how much I loved that movie!

  13. I adore this pie. The sweet richness of the chocolate with the saltiness of the pretzels has to be an incredible combination. I’m thinking this pie just might show up on my Thanksgiving buffet!

  14. All I need is a spoon. And then a week at the gym. But totally worth it. *YUM*

  15. This is CRAZY!!! it looks so good I could dive in there! I can’t wait for tomorrow, I have multiple pies prepared Cheryl!

  16. I love pudding pies! This looks so delicious and creative 🙂

  17. Heaven! Who needs a fork, pass a spoon and the whole pie please 😀

  18. Oh my goodness…your pie look AMAZING!!!! Love your photos..yummy!

  19. This pie looks amazing, please save me a big slice!

  20. I make Take 5 candy bars that have a similar flavor but I never thought to put pretzels in a pudding pie!

  21. Send me a slice? Holy moly this looks amazing.

  22. Love any and all pies – and love the film the Waitress – this looks so good.

  23. I love how you wrote this post! Your pie looks delicious and while you probably didn’t need to, (with your baking talents) channeling your inner 50’s Domestic Goddess along with Kerri Russell’s character Jenna certainly didn’t hurt:)
    I’m looking forward to linking up to the Pie Party tomorrow but please note that I won’t be entering the contest. Thanks for hosting this great party once again this year.

  24. I’m not a huge baker ( I’m not baker skilled LOL) But I think I’ll have to try this pie. My husband will be sooooooo happy LOL It looks so good!

  25. love everything about it 🙂 Yum!

  26. This is insane! Looks so good.
    It’s like chocolate-covered pretzels in pie form…oh man.
    Cannot wait to try this baby out, it looks incredible!

  27. Oh man…so much for my diet this month! We love chocolate cream pie and this crust sounds great…can’t wait to try it with my boys. Thanks Cheryl ;}

  28. I am so crazy love with this pie. The pretzels make it extra fabulous!

  29. I have a question on the recipe: when you say stir in the chocolate and vanilla while making the custard, is that the 3 oz of bittersweet chocolate only? And then all 4 oz of the semi-sweet is used for the ganache? I just need clarification; I like specificity in my recipes! 🙂

    It sounds delicious and I cannot wait to try it!

  30. I must say. That’s a new pie crust!!! 🙂 gotta love baking because of these new things to look out for! keeps you imagining new things.

  31. Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorites so there is no question I would adore this pie!

  32. I loved that movie; I mean LOVED it. And this pie. The combination of silky chocolate and crunch, salty pretzels is perfect.

  33. i would eat chocolate pudding in most forms daily if i could get away with it. and i love the salty pretzel combo! yum… and thanks for not naming it “i don’t want earl’s baby pie.” (i do love that movie too.)

  34. I love this movie! Makes me drool just thinking of all that PIE!

  35. Oh my word! Are you kidding me? This looks amazing!

  36. Oh my does that look gooooood! You know how much I love chocolate but throw in pretzels too, I think I’m in heaven.

  37. I love that movie! Just finished my post on Chocolate Silk Pie and can’t wait to link up to your pie party. Looking forward to being ins’pie’red!

  38. Oh YUM! I do love chocolate covered pretzels…I love chocolate cream pie….it’s the best of both worlds!

  39. I have to try this, love any pie that doesn’t h ave a crust I have to roll out lol, I’m horrible at pie crust. As a btw… I’ve seen the movie WAITRESS many times and as a baker there’s a part I don’t understand at all. She is making a cream pie and she pours it into an unbaked pie shell and then puts it in the oven…. makes NO sense to me at all LOL

  40. I am in LOVE with this pie. Sweet/Salty… can’t go wrong! I’m making it for Turkey Day… I’m sure it’ll be a hit!

  41. WOW. This is a beautiful pie and your photos – STUNNING!

  42. I am such a big fan of all things salty and sweet… This pie looks fabulous!

  43. This looks to die for! Can’t wait to try this one.

  44. Yum! This looks delicious. I love the crust with the pretzels.

  45. Pudding pies…fruit pies…pumpkin pies..i’m not picky when it comes to pie. This looks delicious!

  46. Gorgeous pie, Cheryl! I love the addition of pretzels. Sweet and salty. Delicious!

  47. Oh my, it’s def the name that draws me in…I love the pretzels!! Beautiful pie Cheryl!

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