Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie

On our recent trip out West, my two oldest boys (ages 6 and 4) spent literally every waking minute of the four weeks catching grasshoppers. I’m not kidding. Every waking minute. I tried not to show my revulsion at this pastime and continually reminded myself that since I have been blessed with four boys, I will probably see my share of grasshopper catching over the years. (Throwing them at mom is absolutely not allowed. It has been tried. And forbidden.)

At last count before we headed out of town, they had amassed at least 178 of the critters and begged us to let them bring them home. We convinced them that sure enough, Wisconsin also has grasshoppers and that the 178 little pets wouldn’t fare so well on the 26 hour drive back.

In honor of their mourning over the lost friends, I made them this Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie. They were thrilled. I mean, literally jumping around shouting things like “Let’s tell daddy it really has grasshoppers in it!” and “You are the best mom EVER!”

I’ll take that. Especially since this is probably the easiest dessert I’ve thrown together in years. And it was so delicious, I hid the last piece in the freezer and snuck into my closet to eat it after lunch today. The ultra-buttery cookie crust turns almost cake-like in the freezer and what can go wrong with two decadent flavors of ice cream stacked on top of each other, smothered in whipped cream and garnished with the most adorable Andes mint curls you’ve ever seen? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing. It is perfection in a summer dessert.

I’m well on my way to convincing the charges that they would much rather eat grasshopper pie than catch grasshoppers.

Yeah, like that’s going to work. But it’s worth a try.

Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie

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Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie

Yield: Serves 8

Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie


  • 2 cups finely crushed chocolate cookie crumbs (i.e. chocolate teddy grahams, chocolate graham crackers, Nabisco famous wafers, etc.)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Pie:
  • 1 quart green mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 quart chocolate ice cream
  • Garnish:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 10 rectangle Andes mints


  1. Combine the crushed cookie crumbs and the butter together in a medium bowl until the cookie crumbs are well-moistened and the mixture looks and feels like wet sand. Press the crumbs into a 9- or 10-inch springform pan and refrigerate or freeze until set (about 30 minutes).
  2. While the crust is in the refrigerator, take out the mint chocolate chip ice cream and let it sit at room temperature for 15-ish minutes to soften up a bit. Scoop the softened ice cream into a medium bowl (you can use the same one as the cookie crumbs, if you like!) and stir the ice cream until it is smooth. You don’t want it overly melted here – just try to stir it all up so it is easy spreadable but is still cold and icy. Spread the ice cream over the cookie crust in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least an hour.
  3. Follow the same step above with the chocolate ice cream and spread it on top of the mint chocolate chip ice cream (make sure the mint ice cream is thoroughly frozen so the layers don’t mix). Once the chocolate ice cream has been spread evenly, again cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1-2 hours (or tightly covered up to a three days).
  4. When you are ready to serve the pie, whip the heavy cream into stiff peaks with the powdered sugar. To make the Andes mint curls, microwave one mint for five seconds on 20 or 30% power (this was adequate in my microwave but keep in mind that each microwave can cook hotter or cooler so test accordingly). Hold the mint nestled in a paper towel with one long thin edge exposed above the top of the paper towel. Take a vegetable peeler and gently shave off curls from the long, thin edge. Repeat this process until you have the desired amount of curls to garnish with (I shaved the curls early in the day and kept them on a plate in the freezer until I was ready to use them).
  5. Unmold the grasshopper pie from the springform pan and pile the whipped cream on top of the ice cream. Spread in large dollops over the top of the pie. Sprinkle with the curls. Cut the pie into slices and serve immediately. If you are planning to have leftovers, serve the whipped cream on each piece separately instead of the whole pie, as the whipped cream doesn’t fare as well being frozen on top of the pie for a long period of time.

Recipe Source: adapted and expounded upon from Cook’s Country

29 Responses to Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie

  1. Katie says:

    How do you think this would turn out in a regular old 9 inch pie plate? I don’t have a springform pan. Thanks! It looks divine!

    • Mel says:

      Katie – This makes a very tall cake – I think the layers might overflow in a 9-inch pie plate but maybe if you tweak the amounts to use less it would work?

  2. That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; But that which is good is always beautiful….

    They are not long, The days of wine and roses….

  3. Deb says:

    Made this for company over the weekend and was called “fancy” for the curls 🙂 That was the last word out of anyone’s mouth for about 10 minutes until every last crumb was licked from plates. SO GOOD.

  4. Ashlee says:

    I made this in a 9×13 pan since I don’t have a springform yet for my hubby’s birthday, and he LOVED it! Mint and Chocolate are his favorites! I couldn’t find Andes at the store, so I raided his “stash” and stole a few. See, his favorite! We loved it, and I loved how easy it was. I made it throughout the day while making his other favorite thing, Olive Garden’s Steak Gargonzola pasta. That’s an easy, impressive dish too! I scored Best Wife Award for that birthday meal! Thanks!!

  5. […] Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie – her chosen birthday dessert […]

  6. Hannah says:

    Great idea to use the Andes mints! Such a pretty touch!! 🙂

  7. oh my gosh, your sons are too cute 🙂

  8. The pie looks so good…I love ice cream pies….well, I love anything with ice cream, let’s be honest!!

  9. Aimee says:

    This pie looks divine! I can’t wait to try it myself. I featured you here. YUM!

  10. Allison says:

    Ok, I love that you snuck the last piece in your closet – I will admit there are days when there is just one serving of amazing dessert left, and after lunch I send the kids downstairs to watch “one short Veggie Tale” so I can sneak the last piece too! (Please don’t tell me you were joking…)

    I will have to make this one before the weather cools off. My husband despises mint-chocolate things (says it is like eating chocolate and brushing your teeth at the same time…I know, he is crazy!), so this one will be all mine. And somehow, I don’t think freezer burn from too-long-storage will be an issue! Thank you!

  11. Alycia says:

    Just made this today. Used mint oreos for the crust. Turned out perfect. Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas!

  12. Posti4 says:

    Yum!! I would like to see pictures of the boys and their collection of grasshoppers!! Sounds like it was a fun time. Did you ever consider posting pictures of your life with your recipies? I think it would be a nice touch.

  13. The Southern Cookbook says:

    Gee, this looks good. I have never made this pie but, I’ve heard of it before. I bet this would be a great dessert for an upcoming BBQ. Thanks!

  14. Ooooo this look SO good!!!

  15. Veronica M. says:

    My husband loves mint desserts but I rarely make them any other time than December when lots of minty chocolate cookies come out of my oven. he would love it if I made him this pie but I just can’t. I don’t like icecream and I don’t like mint so it would be HIS pie and I know he’d eat the whole thing in two days and make himself sick. So I’ll just keep this one a secret until I have a chance to use it for a big family meal. 🙂

  16. I LOVE grasshopper pie. Mint and chocolate are such a perfect combination. YUM.

  17. grace says:

    actual grasshoppers, i can certainly do without. anything chocolate and mint-flavored, on the other hand, is welcome in my life. 🙂

  18. Teresa says:

    Oh my, that’s all I can say 🙂
    For lunch today I made the garden vegetable soup from you last post and the oatmeal/coconut cookies. Both turned out great, but those cookies are seriously delicious. I’ll be making those again this weekend!

  19. ingrid says:

    Love it! 🙂 I have twin boys and a singleton girl. It’s my girl that likes bugs and all kinds of critters. My boys are into running and all things round that can be thrown. 🙂

    Great recipe! I love that it can be so easily adapted to suit various flavors.

  20. BertleMama says:

    oh my delicious!! I can’t wait for an excuse to make this. I think this baby weight is gonna take a bit longer to lose, I can’t help myself. yum yum yum!

  21. Dawna says:

    Perfect timing. My husbands birthday is tomorrow and this was the kind of cake he wanted….I was just going to make up my own version of it but this looks amazing!!! Thanks!

  22. “Ate the last piece in my closet after lunch”!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH… it!

  23. Julia says:

    I want to try this pie recipe. But, had to tell you I laughed to read that you took the last piece of pie to your closet to enjoy! I’m thinking of moving a comfortable chair into mine, but no telling what would happen in the rest if the house if I actually sat down and got comfortable! Also, my 5 year old is a bug and frog hunter. What bothers me more is when he hunts for “treasures” in parking lots and on the floors at stores! Yuck!

  24. Kim in MD says:

    Welcome home, Melanie! Thanks for my first laugh of the morning! 🙂
    As newlyweds, my husband and I used to make grasshopper frozen (adult) drinks…they were SO good! This pie reminds me of that (minus the liqueur)-it looks so refreshing! I love the Andes chocolate mint curls! I am definately making this, and best of all, I won’t have to turn my oven on! 😉
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. shanna says:

    I’ve never made grasshopper anything – my 5 year old would seriously get a kick out of this! I used to love grasshopper cookies when I was little, so I’m excited to try this! 🙂

    LOVE that you snuck into your closet to have a slice!!!!!

  26. Shayna says:

    This looks so good!! And I’ll have to agree with Jessica’s comment. 🙂

  27. Oh man… I shouldn’t have look at this before breakfast!

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