Given that the Mighty (and muddy) Mississippi flows along the eastern border of Iowa, Mississippi Mud Pie is a no-brainer representative for the Iowa state fair. The versions of this pie can be wildly different, but, in general, you just throw in anything chocolate. Try making it with fudge-covered mocha ice cream in a chocolate crust.
- 1 jar of hot fudge, heated enough to liquefy and pour into pie shell.
- 2 cups milk,
- 4 tbsp (1⁄2 stick) butter,
- 2 tbsp corn syrup,
- 2 tsp vanilla,
- 2 cups sugar,
- 2⁄3 cup cocoa powder,
- 2 tbsp flour.
- 2 pints (1 quart) mocha ice cream, slightly softened.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream,
- 3 tbsp sugar,
- 1 tsp vanilla,
- Chocolate shavings, slivered almonds, and/or toffee bits, for garnish (optional).
- Prepare the Chocolate Cookie Crust.
- Prepare the fudge sauce (if making it alone): In a saucepan over low to medium heat, stir together the milk, butter, corn syrup, and vanilla, mixing until it’s all melted together. Add the dry ingredients, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Cook until it thickens. Leave to cool.
- Prepare the filling: Soften the ice cream. If you want, pour a layer of fudge on the bottom crust. Spread ice cream into the pie shell. Put the pie in the freezer to re-harden the ice cream before covering it with the top layer of fudge. Pour a layer of fudge on the top, then put the pie back in the freezer.
- Prepare the topping: Whisk together the cream, sugar, and vanilla until peaks form. When you’re ready to serve, spread whipped cream over top of pie. To make it even better, drizzle more fudge and sprinkle chocolate shavings, slivered almonds, or toffee bits on top of the whipped cream.