Grandma Chunkie’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

I remember Grandma Chunkie as a fun little spit fire with pink tinted hair and always wearing a cute apron. I guess she was heavy as a child and that’s where the name came from. All my great aunts and uncles had nicknames. One was even called Aunt No No!

I loved going to her house because she was always baking something tasty. She grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Tulsa. She also let me play with all her jewelry (clip on earrings!) and make-up. I loved hearing stories of her travels and times when she dated a pro-wrestler… the kind like you see now on the WWF! Ha. She would tell me crazy stories, like how you had to be careful traveling back when she was a girl because Indians would kidnap you. Or the time she and her brother ran away when they were really little. They tied themselves together so they wouldn’t get lost (or kidnapped by Indians) on the train.

She was also a sister of Christ! When I would go on ski trips, she would pray on a cloth and make me put it in my pocket to keep me safe:-) In college, I would get these cloths in the mail every now and then.

Born in 1908 as Lily Maybell, she later changed her name to Lillian.

This photo is probably from the 1940’s. I think she is alive and well in my daughter! I see a lot of Grandma Chunkie in my little spit fire.

Grandma Chunkie made THE best pies! Usually for our Thanksgiving dinners, we would have about 3 pumpkin pies along with banana, lemon and chocolate. She always made me my own mini chocolate pie. A tradition, I started with my kids. I’ve posted this recipe before, but in case you missed it, here it is again. Enjoy!!

For all you chocoholics, this pie is a must! Here’s the recipe that she wrote on a small piece of paper:

Grandma Chunkie’s Easy to Make Rich & Creamy Chocolate Pie

  • One large Hershey Candy Bar (milk chocolate) 8 oz (now I get 2 large chocolate bars)
  • 18 large marshmallows cut up
  • 1/2 cup sweet milk (I don’t know what that meant… so I just use regular milk)
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip


  1. Melt Candy bar and marshmallows in milk over low fire until smooth. Cool.
  2. Add 1-9 oz Cool Whip into chocolate mixture
  3. Pour into baked pie shell and keep cool until ready to serve.
  4. Spoon a large helping of Cool Whip on your slice of pie! (I like to add chocolate sprinkles too)

Did you have a grandma like Chunkie?

Love the Pie

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  1. Terri Colby says:

    Oooh, I wanna try this one! My family ? chocolate!

  2. Sweet milk is whole cows milk

  3. Sweet milk meant fresh milk (i.e. not spoiled, sour, or old). It was because there was less waste and they used everything, so for this recipe you would have wanted it fresh! I just googled it!

  4. I would think that “sweet milk” refers to sweetened condensed milk (which is a popular ingredient in desserts)…

  5. i usually make a chocolate dream whip pie but this sounds too yummy to not try….thanks for the recipe!

  6. Thanks I’ll try again and double the chocholate.

  7. Mine didn’t turn as dark as the picture either it looks more like a mousse, maybe I mixed it to long! =)

  8. My pie didn’t turn out as dark as the picture. I hope I made it right. It was more of a light chocolate milk brown.

  9. RT @livinglocurto: @thepioneerwoman I'll be making Grandma Chunkie's Chocolate Pie this year. Yum:-) #PieWeek

  10. RT @livinglocurto: @thepioneerwoman I'll be making Grandma Chunkie's Chocolate Pie this year. Yum:-) #PieWeek

  11. RT @Tidymom: who wouldn't love a pie called Grandma Chunkie's Chocolate Pie?! Oh YUM! via @livinglocurto #pieweek

  12. who wouldn't love a pie called Grandma Chunkie's Chocolate Pie?! Oh YUM! via @livinglocurto #pieweek

  13. Sweet milk in old recipes usually refers to regular milk. It is used to differentiate between regular milk and sour milk. Milk was usually left out to let the cream rise to the top and it was easy to let it sour in warm months.

  14. I remember this post Amy…….and STILL love it!! and I love the idea of the little pies for the kids!!
    Thanks so much for linking up and sharing Grandma Chunkie!!

  15. oh yum. I might have just drooled a little.

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  16. Ok! Så can I use regular whipped cream? Oooh I wanna visit U.S and just buy baking-stuff!! We dont have anything fun here 🙁 …. Need a nanny?? 😉

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  17. Hey! I wonder what “cool whip” is?? Have never heard of that here in Sweden!

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  18. Ruth Ann- That sounds wonderful. Yum!

    Happy Mother’s Day Everyone:-)

  19. I would love to be eating that right this minute. YUMMY! Thanks to Grandma Chunkie! I sure miss my grandma.

  20. Ruth Ann in East Texas says:

    PS…of course that Vanilla and not fanilla 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and it’s as special as you are!

    Mother’s Love from your East Texas Friend!

    Ruth Ann

  21. Ruth Ann in East Texas says:

    MMMMM..gonna have to try that; it reminds me of two simple CHOCOLATE recipes I would like to share.

    1 lb Hershey bar w/ almonds
    1 small container cool whip
    3 Tblsp. leftover coffee

    Melt hershey bar with coffee; fold in cool whip; put into graham cracker crust pie and freeze until set.


    1/2 cup butter softened
    1 cup sugar
    4 eggs
    1 can (16 oz) hershey chocolate syrup
    1 tsp fanilla
    1 cup flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one a a time beating well. beat in syrup and vanilla. add flour and salt and stir well until blended. pour into greased 15x10x1 greased pan. bake 20 minutes at 350. top of brownies will appear “wet”. cool 15-20 minutes…meanwhile….

    1 cup sugar
    1/3 cup margarine
    1/3 cup milk
    2/3 cup miniature marshmallows
    2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels

    In saucepan, combine sugar, butter and milk; bring to boil and boil until sugar dissolves. remove from heat and stir in chips and marshmallows until melted; pour over brownies and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

  22. What a sweet (literally!) tribute to your grandma…she sounds like she was a fun, interesting, lovely woman. What a great idea to feature her here on your site. I loved this!

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  23. Good grief! There goes my diet… (waving sadly). What a neat grandma you had. Both of mine had passed away by the time I was two, but my mom’s dad remarried, and “Nanny” was an excellent cook. I still remember meals at their house, with two or three meats, 5-6 vegetables, salads (green, fruit, congealed), a relish tray, and bread (yeast rolls AND cornbread muffins, kept in a special bun warmer with real butter next to it). And desserts.. ohhhh. Red velvet cake, coconut cake, chocolate chess pie, pecan pie, Tennessee puddin’… ! I would have to lay down after I ate; my tummy was always two sizes too large for my britches afterwards. I still don’t know how she did it all, but she loved to cook and entertain. I don’t ever recall a failed dish, nor do I ever recall her complaining about all of the work. I can’t pick a favorite dish, either, because they were ALL wonderful!
    Yeah, I just saw the last vestige of my diet turn the corner and disappear. Thanks, Amy. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a LOT MORE of me after I make this pie a time or two!

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  24. Hi there,
    thankyou so much for this recipe!
    We have some chocaholics in this house.

    I found this info on the taste of home website…
    “According to the Dairy Council of Wisconsin, the terms “sweet milk” and “sweet cream” were used to differentiate these items from cultured products like buttermilk and sour cream. When a recipe calls for sweet milk, it is referring to whole milk. When a recipe calls for sweet cream, it is referring to half-and-half cream or whipping cream, depending on the recipe.”

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  25. Fun memories- and Holy Cow thanks a bunch for the recipe- I’m a chocolate gal-
    Have a great day.

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  26. Ooooh, I’m bookmarking this one! my family would LOVE it!!


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