Pepsi and Lance Peanuts Pie

| September 29, 2014 | 7 Comments

Pepsi and Peanuts Pie recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this Pepsi and Peanuts Pie. We went back to the days of our youth to create this unique pie based on pouring peanuts into a cold glass bottle of Pepsi-Cola. It was a favorite thing to do growing up, and now we’ve turned all that sweet-salty deliciousness, into a pie. See how we make it. Printable recipe included.


Pepsi and Lance Peanuts Pie, as created by Taste of Southern.
Pepsi and Lance Peanuts Pie Recipe:


If you’ve ever poured a salty pack of Lance Peanuts into an ice cold, glass bottle of Pepsi-Cola, then you’ve got to try our recipe.

We’re stepping back in time, to the days of our youth, and pouring those same salty peanuts, into a delicious filling, for a one of a kind pie creation. I’ve searched the Internet, and haven’t found another one anywhere. I guess that makes this one the first.

I’ve spent a few summers working around the tobacco barns here in North Carolina. I was a bit too young to go out in the fields and prime tobacco, so I worked around the barn, taking off sticks, or handing tobacco. Only once was I allowed to go out in the field and prime tobacco with the older guys, and once was certainly enough for me. I’d be more than happy to hang around the shade of the barn and take off those sticks of tobacco, listening to the latest stories, and sometimes a song  from the women folk.

Morning break time at the tobacco barn was always the highlight of the day. The primers would come in from the field, all wet with sweat from the hot morning sun, and covered in sticky old tobacco tar. They too were happy about taking that break. That’s when the owner of the field would come back from the local store, with a large selection of nabs, oatmeal cookies, Moon Pies, Lance Peanuts and of course Pepsi Colas. After a hot morning of work, it was time for the “taste that beat the others cold.”

We’d grab that cold bottle, grab a pack of Lance Salted Peanuts, then find a spot in the shade to sit down for a few minutes. Ripping the top of the peanuts pack open with our teeth, we’d take a sip of Pepsi, then fill the bottle up with the salted peanuts, watching it fizz over from the salty mixture being add to the cola. Then, we’d spend the next few minutes telling jokes on each other, and trying to get those peanuts back out of the bottle with a big old swig of Pepsi. Those were great days, despite all the hard work, and I only did the easy jobs.

This recipe is really quick and easy, and turns out a delicious twist on a pie. You’ll need to make the Pepsi Syrup reduction first, so it can cool down before adding it to the eggs in the pie filling mixture. Once it’s thickened and cool, it’s a snap to assemble the pie and pop it in the oven.

Does it taste like the old peanuts in the Pepsi did? I’ll let you decide. If nothing else, it’s sure to bring back lots of memories, and generate lots of conversation just from the mention of its name. I do hope you’ll give it a try.

Ready to get in the kitchen and get started? Alright then… Let’s Get Cooking!


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, ingredients you'll need.
Pepsi and Peanuts Pie: You’ll need these ingredients, plus a 9″ unbaked pie crust.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add sugar.
Making the Pepsi Syrup reduction:

You’ll need to make the syrup first, so it can have time to cool before adding it to the other pie ingredients. Our mix will use a couple of eggs, and we don’t want to add hot syrup into the eggs, or they might end up scrambled.

To begin, place the sugar into a medium sized sauce pot.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the Pepsi.
Pour the Pepsi-Cola into the sugar.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the cream of tartar.
Add the Cream of Tartar.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add a pinch of salt.
Add a pinch of Salt.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, stir well.
Stir well. Place the pot over medium-high heat, and bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Just be sure to stir it constantly until the sugar is fully dissolved.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, cover the syrup.
Once the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat down to a simmer, and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 3 minutes with the cover on, then remove the cover.

It will take about 15-20 minutes for the syrup mixture to reduce and begin to thicken. Keep a close watch over it, stirring often.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, beat the eggs.
While the syrup is simmering, go ahead and start mixing the other ingredients for the pie.

Place two eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk them until smooth.


Add the Peanut Butter.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the brown sugar.
Add the Light Brown Sugar.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the corn meal.
Add the Corn Meal.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, stir well.
Stir the mixture well. Set this aside until the syrup has reduced and allowed to cool.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, syrup begins to foam.
Once the syrup has reduced down and begins to thicken, you’ll probably start seeing a foam appear. Dipping a spoon into the syrup and lifting it up, watch for the syrup to thicken. You’ll be able to see how it drips off the spoon and should be able to see it thicken. It’s not going to look very thick, but it will thicken up once it cools. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside for about 20-30 minutes to cool.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add syrup.
This thickened up very nicely, although it’s hard to see that in the picture. The syrup has cooled, and now I’m adding it to the other ingredients. Remember that the mixture contains eggs, so if you try to add the syrup while it’s hot, you might end up with some scrambled eggs. Be patient, let it cool, then proceed. Stir the syrup into the other ingredients, mixing it together well.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the butter.
The same applies for the melted Butter. It will stay liquid for a long time after it’s melted. I melted this down in the microwave for a few seconds, then just let it sit out and cool.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, stir well.
Stir the Butter into the mixture until it’s well combined.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the vanilla extract.
Add the Vanilla Extract.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the peanuts.
Add the Lance Peanuts.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, stir everything together.
Stir the peanuts into the mixture, making sure they are all coated.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add some crust dust.
Prepare your pie crust. I’m using a ready-made frozen pie crust for this recipe. You could certainly make your own from scratch if desired. Either way, you’ll be using an unbaked crust. I like to make a little “crust dust” to sprinkle into the bottom of the crust before adding the filling. This well help keep the bottom of the pie from getting soggy. To make the crust dust, mix together one teaspoon of sugar, and one teaspoon of flour. Stir it together, then lightly sprinkle it into the bottom of the crust. If you’re using a frozen crust, do not thaw it out. Take it straight from the freezer and add the filling.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, add the filling.
Pour the filling into the crust, but do not over fill it. I added all of the filling that I had made, and it came right up to the top of the crust.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, place the pie on a baking sheet.
To avoid spills, place the pie on a baking sheet before placing it into the oven.

Use the center rack of your oven to bake the pie.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, baking time and temp.
Bake the pie for about 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. I used a pie crust shield through most of this baking time to help keep the top edge of the crust from burning. The pie is done when you can press lightly in the center, and it springs back up.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, let cool on wire rack.
Remove the pie from the oven, and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.


Pepsi-Peanuts-Pie, enjoy.


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Pepsi and Peanuts Pie, as created by Taste of Southern.

Pepsi and Lance Peanuts Pie

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this Pepsi and Peanuts Pie. We went back to the days of our youth to create this unique pie based on pouring peanuts into a cold glass bottle of Pepsi-Cola. It was a favorite thing to do growing up, and now we’ve turned all that sweet-salty deliciousness, into a pie.



  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon Corn Meal
  • 2/3 cups Pepsi Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, melted, but not hot
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Salted Lance Peanuts
  • 1 unbaked 9 inch Pie Crust, or frozen pie crust

Pepsi Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Pepsi
  • ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Prepare Pepsi Syrup first, set aside to cool as you prepare the pie filling.

To Make the Pepsi Syrup:

  1. Place all Pepsi Syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot with lid for 3 minutes.
  3. Uncover, stir often, let mixture reduce down and thicken.
  4. Syrup will start to foam a bit on top when it thickens down.

To Make Pie Filling:

  1. Place eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat well until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add peanut butter.
  3. Add light brown sugar.
  4. Add corn meal.
  5. Stir well to combine eggs and other ingredients.
  6. Stir in the cooled Pepsi syrup.
  7. Add melted and cooled butter, stirring constantly.
  8. Add vanilla extract.
  9. Fold peanuts into mixture.
  10. Dust pastry shell to prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy.
  11. Pour filling into dusted pie crust, being careful not to overfill.
  12. Place filled pie on a baking sheet, and place on center rack in oven.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until pie is set.
  14. Tap center of pie lightly, it should spring back if done.
  15. Remove pie from oven, place on wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.
  16. Serve and Enjoy!


Prepare the Pepsi Syrup first and let it cool completely before adding to the filling. Adding it hot could cook the eggs and you don’t want that to happen. Same for the butter, make sure it’s cooled a bit before proceeding.

If using a frozen crust, pour filling into frozen crust (Do not thaw first) then bake.

Dust pastry shell with mixture of one teaspoon sugar and one teaspoon flour, to prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy

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  1. Tom Parrott says:

    Hi Steve,

    That flu bug sure can be a nasty little critter. I’m sure there were many prayers for your recover and we all are glad to hear that you finally getting over it.

    We had our first snow of the new year last night and this morning. Most of the area schools here in northern Virginia were closed. So this is the perfect time to cook up a big pot of your stew.

    Keep well my friend.


  2. Kathie Tolson says:

    Yes! We used to pour the lance peanuts in our Pepsi bottles, too! ROFL!!!! Funny, I mentioned it to my daughter at the movie theater once if she’d ever done it. She’s like, HUH??????? (She’s 21.) I laughed ’til I cried! I HAVE to make this for them! I can’t believe you created a beautiful pie from that fantastic way of drinking our Pepsis! 🙂 You are keeping me VERY, VERY busy!

  3. Deena says:

    I was brought up with peanuts in Coke (or Dr. Pepper!) as well. I’m sure that peanuts in Pepsi would be great too.:) My question to you is this: Why are nabs called nabs? I do know what they are as I have lived in North Carolina, but until then, I have never heard them called nabs. And anyone I asked about them, they never knew the reason why they were called nabs – they just “were”. If that makes sense to you! LOL I love your recipes, keep’em coming!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deena, Thank you for your question. Nabs, is short for Nabisco. I kinda knew this, but wanted to be sure before I gave a reply. Here’s what I found on Wikipedia for you.

      “The term originated in 1924 when the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) introduced a snack, put in a 5-cent sealed packet called “Peanut Sandwich Packet”. They soon added a second, “Sorbetto Sandwich Packet”. These packets allowed salesmen to sell to soda fountains, road stands, milk bars, lunch rooms, news stands etc. Sales increased and in 1928 the company adopted and started to use the name NAB, which immediately won the approval of the public.”

      How about that? I hope it helps. I do appreciate the question, and your visits to Taste of Southern. Let me know if you try the pie, I think you’ll like it. I do hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Deena says:

        Steve, Thank you so much for answering this question for me! To finally having an answer to this question, really does make me feel better. I know that sounds crazy, but there you have it. 🙂 And yes, I am planning on making this pie and I am sure we will love it. Pepsi and peanuts together, you just can’t go wrong there. Thank you for your recipes and the stories that go along with them. I love hearing the stories as much as I do the recipes. 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    We always had peanuts in Coke, but my husband prefers Pepsi. This is an absolute recipe he will love! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Mary says:

      Oops…meant to say …absolutely delicious sounding recipe….! My brain doesn’t work when I try to do more than one thing at a time. lol! Also, thanks for the “crust dust” tip. Brilliant!

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