The weather is warming up and that means we need another no-bake pie for summertime enjoyment! I crave sweet goodness but don’t want to heat up the kitchen with elaborate baked goods. Enter: Kool-Aid Pie. Only four ingredients, 15 minutes and some time in the fridge.
My childhood summers involved a lot of time outside, a lot of it riding a bike with my friends. My trusty little dog, Esmerelda, would sometimes ride along in the basket on the handlebars. Eventually, we’d get hot, tired and thirsty. A sweet drink was in order. We’d stop at the closest friend’s house and have some Kool-Aid. Everyone’s mom had a pitcher in the fridge. Then, more biking. Where to? No clue.
Now that I have
aged, er, evolved, my tastes have evolved, too. So fond of this Kool-Aid Pie! A different way to enjoy Kool-Aid. And no skinned knees…
How do you make Kool-Aid Pie?
Mix sweetened condensed milk with a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid.
Then fold in whipped topping (Cool Whip or similar).
Pour into a graham cracker crust. Done!
Refrigerate for a few hours to set. Slice and serve.
Optional: decorate with some whipped cream for additional yumminess.
Are you an overachiever? Then, make your own crust! See below for crust ideas. Pre-made or homemade crust, this totally counts as a homemade pie.
Can this pie be frozen?
It depends. If you want a creamy pie, keep it in the fridge. If your taste buds run to ice cream or popsicle treats, this freezes quite well and produces a unique taste treat. Either way it works.
Can I use different flavors for my Kool-Aid Pie?
Of course! There are LOTS of Kool-Aid flavors (21 varieties, according to Koolaid.com), so let your imagination run wild! So far, we have tried cherry, black cherry and blue raspberry lemonade (fun blue color!!). I don’t think you can miss with other flavors. Strawberry, mixed berry, orange. Actually, an orange version might be similar to my Creamsicle Pie. Must try next!!
Are there any alternatives to Kool-Aid?
Yes, if you don’t have any Kool-Aid or can’t find the flavor you want, try using a small package of unsweetened Jell-O. That should open up a whole ‘nother world of flavor possibilities 😀.
The obvious choice here is a purchased graham cracker crust. In the spirit of no-bake and no-fuss, this wins, hands down. On the other hand, a completely homemade version is not that difficult. Here are some ideas:
- Graham cracker crust: Crush 8 full-size graham crackers to make fine crumbs. Melt a half stick (4 tablespoons) butter and mix with crumbs. Press firmly into the pie plate to make a crust. Place in freezer to set and cool while mixing the filling. (Option: bake for 5-8 minutes at 350F before cooling in freezer. The crust will hold together better, but technically, you’ll no longer have a no-bake pie. Your choice.)
- Oreo crust: Crush 24-25 Oreo cookies (I used Double Stuf because – YES!) to make crumbs. Melt a half stick (4 tablespoons) butter and mix with the crumbs. Press crumbs firmly into pie plate to make a crust. Place in freezer to set and cool while mixing the filling. (Option: bake for 5-8 minutes at 350F before cooling in freezer. The crust will hold together better. Alas, technically you’ll no longer have a no-bake pie. Your choice.)
3 ways to make Kool-Aid Pie
As you can probably tell, there are more than three ways to make this pie. Many more. You can mix and match your favorite flavors and crusts as desired. Here are the combinations I want to highlight:
I hope you give your own version of Kool-Aid Pie a try. Let me know how you like it!
- 1 packet Kool-Aid drink mix unsweetened
- 8 oz whipped topping Cool Whip
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 9- inch graham cracker crust
- Place sweetened condensed milk and Kool-Aid in a large bowl. Mix together
- Add whipped topping and stir until fully combined
- Place filling into graham cracker crust
- Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours until well set
- Optional: Garnish with whipped cream and/or fruit as desired
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.