Tuesday’s Recipe: Ice Box Pie

Thanks for stopping by.  I know, I know, where the heck have I been?  If you read previous posts, you know I have been in a bit of a funk lately.  I do see a light at the end of the tunnel and just hope it isn’t a train.  I thought I would try to get back into the swing of things by giving you a recipe for today.  This recipe is from NotQuiteJuneCleaver Bakes a Pie. I hope you enjoy it!

Ice Box Pie

I would bet my mom made no less than 500 of these pies in her lifetime. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. It also may be an understatement! It is TOO easy and it is so delicious. And rich. And fattening! You might wonder if it so easy why it took two pages to tell you about it. Well because, there’s a lot to tell! This pie brings back such fond memories for me. I could talk about it all day I imagine! The pie is simple enough, the memories…well lots of details!

Don’t think about what’s in commercial whipped topping, k? Just do it. Just make it. Eat it. Share it. Just don’t do it every day or even every week and you will be fine. Surely.

Your favorite graham cracker or cookie pie crust. Mom was a huge fan of the graham cracker crust so that is what she used.

You will need two rubber spatulas and a whisk for this recipe. You will know why in a minute.

One can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk ~ Mom had a very real aversion to other brands of condensed milk. Personally, I can’t tell the difference and have even used the dreaded store brand, with fine results. I just never told her I used it.

The juice of one fresh large lemon. Squeeze all you can out of the lemon. Get every drop. Just be sure to pick the seeds out!

One large tub of Cool Whip, thawed ~ again, never used another brand, though if
you want to that’s your decision. She would have been able to tell the difference though. I can promise you that!

In a bowl large enough to stir vigorously, pour the condensed milk, scraping out the can. Then lick the spatula and place it in the sink. You NEVER use a utensil after you have licked it! Now if you are brave, and your mom isn’t looking, you can swipe the lid to the Eagle Brand milk can and lick it. VERY carefully because if you cut your tongue, the cat will be out of the bag! If you licked as many lids as I did, you will also know you can very gently scrape your teeth on the lid to get that almost solid film of the sweet nectar of the gods! Now quickly put the lid in the trash before someone realizes what you have done!

Next pour the lemon juice into the bowl with the condensed milk and with your whisk beat it until you think your arm will fall off or until it has thickened. This was miraculous to me when I was a little girl. How could lemon juice turn Eagle Brand milk into something even better!? Take the second spatula and scrape all the Cool Whip into the bowl with your thickened Eagle Brand. Forego the licking of this spatula unless you have a third to use. Fold and fold and fold until well mixed. Add 1 1/2—2 cups of fruit of your choice and gently fold fruit in and then pour into graham cracker crust. Chill thoroughly. Enjoy!

Notes: You can use any fruit you like. Mom often made strawberry banana or blueberry. She always used frozen strawberries in the little box. Birds Eye brand I believe. She drained them and then cut one banana directly into the bowl of filling so it wouldn’t turn brown sitting around waiting to be added. I distinctly remember a blueberry/strawberry combo that was to die for.

I know for sure she used mandarin oranges more than once and even combined mandarin oranges, pineapple and coconut. Just about any fruit will work. It is fast and great for any gathering: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. I remember one Christmas Mom added maraschino cherries (drained), miniature marshmallows, toasted coconut and toasted pecans. That was one fine pie.

Thanks for indulging me. I love these little walks down memory lane. And nothing brings them back like food. Nothing.

Thanks for the memories Mama.

Maudie Allen Arledge Bellah

April 28, 1930 – October 8, 2007


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Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing – your mom was beautiful!


Yummy! I love ice box pies and cakes, it’s become one of my traditions on 4th of July. However, it sounds pretty good for NOW!! Thanks for sharing.
Your Mom was a lovely lady. My Mom is 84 years old, I hate the day I will be saying goodbye.

I can understand why you would want to share with us a recipe that your mom made. My mom passed away Oct 23, 2008 and I didn’t even totally realized how much I would miss her. Even though she’s not with us anymore, I feel her presence in my life. When I’m looking for something to cook, I reach for her cookbook she put together for me; I cook with the spatula she thought I needed and so much more. I wished I had more time with her. I wished God would have given me more patience when she was here. We were so different from each other. Although we never fought, we didn’t really know each other. But above all, I loved her.

What a beautiful Mother. I can see you in her. You look very much alike, especially around the eyes. I think that food memories are some of the strongest ones we have and the ones that most speak the word HOME to our hearts, don’t you? Glad to see you are finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll continue to keep you in my prayers. XXOO

Susan, What a sweet tribute to your dear mom… she’s smiling at you right now… and so are all mom’s… thank you for sharing through food… a wonderful and bittersweet memory.

Victoria in Houston

Beautiful pic of your Mom!!

What a great pie! It ought to help cure what ails us, yes? Might have to make one for Son too.

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