Vintage Ice Cream Pie Recipe

| August 5, 2018 | 21 Comments

Ice Cream Pie

Four ingredient Ice Cream Pie with easy to follow, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions and a printable recipe.

Ice Cream Pie, as seen on Taste of
A vintage, no bake, easy to make Ice Cream Pie recipe. Made with Jello Instant Pudding.


Ice Cream Pie, slider.
Vintage Ice Cream Pie Recipe, from around 1957.

I enjoy looking through old magazines just to see the advertisements in them. You know, back when electric stoves and refrigerators weren’t so common, or when a new car came out. Back in the “good old days” as folks often call them.

Likewise, with computers and the Internet, I might spend a bit more time than I should viewing lots of old ads that folks have placed online. That’s how I stumbled across this recipe.

Back around 1957, a Jell-O ad featured a recipe for “easy as pie – pie” I’ll show you the ad below.

It was just too easy to not try, and I wanted to share it with you here on Taste of Southern.

I wondered if softened ice cream, milk and instant pudding could actually firm up enough to make a pie that could be sliced. Sure enough, it does. Who knew? Smile.

The original recipe calls for a pre-baked pie crust, but I wanted to go non-bake all the way. I opted for a Graham Cracker Crust as you’ll see below, but your favorite pie crust will work.

Having made this late in the evening, I decided to let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

I cut it first thing the next morning, and snapped the photo of the finished product. That first slice came out surprisingly well, and as you probably know, those first slices can sometimes be difficult.

So, I enjoyed a nice slice of cool Chocolate Ice Cream Pie for breakfast that morning. Yes, it had a bit of a taste of Instant Pudding, but it was good enough that I’d make another one. And, with the combinations of ice creams and instant puddings available today, the skies the limit on variations. Smile.

So, if you’re just as curious as I was, head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Ice Cream Pie, vintage ad from around 1957.
The ad from around 1957 that inspired me to give this recipe a try.

It sounded almost too easy to actually work, but it did. While I made the Chocolate version, the ad suggests a variety of other ice cream and instant pudding combinations to make other flavors.

Jell-O Strawberry Instant Pudding with Strawberry Ice Cream.
Jell-O Lemon Instant Pudding with Pineapple Ice Cream.
Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding with Pistachio Ice Cream. Lots of variations. Create your own.


Ice Cream Pie, you'll need these four ingredients.
To make the Chocolate version, you’ll need these four ingredients.

I opted for the Graham Cracker Crust as opposed to a regular pie crust. That makes this one a complete no-bake pie. If you use a regular crust, or make your own, you’ll need to pre-bake it first.


Ice Cream Pie, add ice cream to a mixing bowl.
Place a pint of softened ice cream into a medium sized mixing bowl.


Ice Cream Pie, add the milk.
Add the cup of milk.


Ice Cream Pie, lightly blend together.
Lightly blend the milk and ice cream together.


Ice Cream Pie, add the jello instant pudding mix.
Add the Jell-O Instant Pudding Mix.


Ice Cream Pie, beat for one minute.
Beat this for one minute. I used a whisk, but you could also use an electric mixer.


Ice Cream Pie, pour mixture into the pie shell.
Pour the mixture into your pie shell.

Remember, if you’re using a regular crust, you will need to pre-bake it first.


Ice Cream Pie, refrigerate for one hour or longer.
Place the pie in your refrigerator to firm up.

The recipe said this should take one to two hours to firm up properly. I let mine stay overnight and cut into it the next morning. It was soft and light, but firm enough that I got the first piece out without any problems. That first piece always seems to break up. Smile. Just be gentle with it.

The recipe also says the pie will keep for 24 hours in the refrigerator.


Ice Cream Pie, enjoy.

For the record: I went through “extensive testing” with this pie to be able to share my results with you. This pie held up well for about 48 hours in my refrigerator. It did weaken a bit after that time. The outer crust would weigh the pie down and cause a slice to break apart at that point after the 48 hour period. It still tasted the same, it just wasn’t able to hold together. Then, I placed the remainder of the pie in the freezer to see what would happen next. I faithfully tested a slice each day until the pie was gone. It held up well after being frozen and I might have enjoyed it more. It was a tough job to taste test it daily, but I’m glad I could do it for you and provide this additional research information. Smile.


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Vintage Ice Cream Pie Recipe, as prepared on Taste of

Vintage Ice Cream Pie Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Very easy to make, no bake, Vintage Ice Cream Pie Recipe. Complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions on Taste of



  • 1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 package Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust


  1. Place the ice cream in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk, blending lightly.
  3. Add the instant pudding.
  4. Beat ingredients together just until well mixed, about one minute.
  5. Pour mixture into 9 inch pie crust.
  6. Refrigerate for about one hour.
  7. Pie should keep up to 24 hours in the refrigerator if needed.
  8. Enjoy!


Keep refrigerated until ready to cut and serve. You might even want to pop it into the freezer for 10-20 minutes first to make slicing easier. Leftover pie may be kept refrigerated for 24 hours if needed.

Keywords: Chocolate Ice Cream Pie, Jell-o Ice Cream Pie, Vintage Ice Cream Pie, easy


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  1. L Fox says:

    I’ve been making different flavor versions of this pie for 40 years and my mother and grandmother for years before that. The last few times I have made it, it has failed to set up. The first time it happened I thought I must have made some kind of error (what, I didn’t know as there are only 3 ingredients!) After two or 3 more attempts, I am starting to believe that Jello changed their formula for the instant pudding. Can anyone speak to this? Very frustrating!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi L Fox, I mentioned at the end of the recipe that mine didn’t hold up very well after 48 hours. After reading your comments, I’m thinking it might be better to use a little less milk next time. That would make it a bit thicker and might hold up better. Just an idea. I haven’t tried it but it would be worth the effort. Should you try, please let me know how it turns out. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. I appreciate your visits and your support of our recipes. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Joan G says:

    Taste testing is a rough job…..but, somebody’s gotta do it!!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Joan, Thank you being able to recognize that. I’m just trying to be here for you. Smile. I do appreciate the visit today and I hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Deb says:

    Loved your For The Record remarks. It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it! LOL!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deb, Anything for my friends you know. I’m just glad I could do it. Smile. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by today. I do hope you’ll drop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Gina Price and family says:

    Yum, just yum !!!!

  5. Thanks Steve think the husband will really enjoy this retro pie and your take on it. Gosh the strawberry version looks so good for summer.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Meredith, I do hope you try it. There are just so many different possibilities with all the different ice creams and instant puddings in the market today. Let me know what you come up with. Thanks for your visit and do stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. c. j. thomas says:

    maybe black cherry ice cream and pistachio pudding in a chocolate graham cracker crust-I am a big spumoni fan and can rarely find it aside from the holiday season.
    Oh and thanks so much for your sacrificial testing of the pie daily. I know it was difficult:)

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi C.J., Yeah, the testing part was really tough. But, I pushed through it. I’m even considering doing some more “testing” pretty soon with a different combination of flavors. Let me know if you try yours. It sounds interesting and I bet it will be really good. I appreciate your comments and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Brian R says:

    I think I might try one with chocolate pudding mix, chocolate milk and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Not sure if it will be “too busy” but I’m sure it will be good. I’m curious if this would work with other instant pudding mixes by other makers? I think this might make an appearance at our next office pot luck party. There’s one next week 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Brian, Sounds like you’ve got a winning combination in the making. I do hope it turns out well for you. You’ll just need to be able to keep it good and cold if you transport it somewhere I suspect. Best of luck with it, and please let me know how it turns out for you. I appreciate your visit today and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Brian R. says:

        Good evening Steve,

        I wanted to ask about the ice cream and pudding mix. Is the ice cream 1.5 quarts, and is the jello the small box, or a big box. I’m planning on making the pie tomorrow night for the office potluck. Stay blessed!


        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Brian, Check out the printable recipe at the bottom of the post. It only calls for one PINT of ice cream. The pudding mix is 3.9 ounces according to the box that I used. I hope it turns out great for you, and thanks again for giving it a try. I appreciate the visit and hope you’ll check back in and let me know how the group likes the pie. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

          • Brian R. says:


            Just wanted to follow up with you on the success I had today with this dessert. I made this last night and used: chocolate milk, chocolate pudding and Dutch chocolate ice cream and out it into a chocolate cookie crust…no bale of course. I then made some whipped cream to top it with and chopped up some dark chocolate to put on top. Needless to say, it was a popular dessert choice. I got rave reviews and it was gone in an instant. Of course, I won’t toot my own horn, but desserts are my thing when it comes to parties, potlucks or fellowship. I told everyone how easy it was to make and said the possibilities are endless. It transported fine in an upside down cake transport with some ice in a plastic grocery bag. Thanks again for an awesome recipe. The next one I make will be a mint chocolate chip pie. Stay blessed 🙂


          • Steve Gordon says:

            Hi Brian, That’s awesome good news. I’m really glad it worked out well for you and that your friends enjoyed it. I take it you decided to go with something “chocolate.” Is that right? Smile. Hopefully your good report and comments will convince someone else to give it a try. The Mint Chocolate Chip sounds pretty good too. Thank you for taking the time to try the recipe, and to come back and share your comments with us. I sincerely appreciate your visits and hope you’ll continue to visit with us often. The door is always open. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Brandy Caywood says:

    Ok I didnt even make it through the whole newsletter before I clicked lol! Chocolate ice cream is softening now and a box of banana cream pudding mix is ready to go! Bet this will be Good!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Brandy, Chocolate and Banana Cream sounds really good. I’m going to cross my fingers that it turns out well for you. I hope you’ll share the results with us when you get the chance to try it. I do appreciate you being a subscriber to the Newsletter and for all of your support and visits to Taste of Southern. I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  9. Karen Miller says:

    I’ve never had the Ice cream pie before, but it’s on my to be made list real soon. Just got to finish the nectarines cake I made over the weekend. I’m wondering how good this would be with chocolate ice cream, chocolate instant pudding, and chocolate milk. I’ll let you know after I make it later this week.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Karen, I like your combination of flavors, but then again, I like chocolate myself. Please let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you. I look forward to your results. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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