here's mud in your pie!

Remember as a kid when your favorite thing to do was play in the dirt — digging holes, building those mud drip castles, and making mud pies? Special for Earth Day, here's a grown-up version of mud pie just in time for all those eco-friendly celebrations out there.

I know, there's nothing about eating ice cream and chocolate that will save the planet. But as you gather with your friends to brainstorm easy ways to make the world a greener, healthier place (plant a tree! reuse that water bottle!), it doesn't hurt to indulge a bit, especially if it's superyummy.

Mud Pie
Chocolate wafer cookies are sold in the baking section of most supermarkets.

  • 1½ cups chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into tiny pieces
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pint coffee ice cream, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlúa
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 cup whipping cream, plus 2 tablespoons
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

Combine chocolate wafer cookies and butter and press into 9-inch pie
plate. Place in freezer. Mix ice cream, Kahlúa and brandy. Whip 2 tablespoons whipping cream, fold in to ice cream mixture, and pour into pie shell. Cover and place in freezer.
Meanwhile, bring 1 cup cream and corn syrup to a simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Cool until
lukewarm, about 20 minutes. Pour sauce over mud pie and freeze until
firm, at least 2 hours.