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Kool Aid Pie

In this post I’ll be sharing an easy no bake Kool Aid Pie recipe. Yep, you read that right…Kool Aid Pie!

A couple of week ago hubs was looking at stuff on YouTube. He clicked on a lady making Kool Aid pie (I wish that I could remember her channel). I said “did I hear that right“? He said “yes”. Then I said “I wanna see that too“.

So he turned his phone and we were watching her make this dessert. I had never ever heard of Kool Aid pie in my life but evidently it has been around a while. Have you ever heard of this no bake dessert?

I decided right then that I wanted to make the recipe so I jotted down some notes to do a taste test then share the recipe with y’all too.

Does it sound intriguing or strange so far? Let’s keep going!

Kool Aid Pie Recipe

Kool Aid Pie - 3 flavors arranged on a serving platter garnished with fruit

With those pretty pastel colors, all that I can think of is Easter egg pies. 

So let’s talk a minute about the history of Kool Aid pie. This dessert was first referenced around 1974. Probably a clever mom came up with the recipe.

The ingredients, except the Kool Aid, are pretty standard in a lot of desserts so I knew the recipe would work. I just didn’t know how it would taste.

The Kool Aid pie recipe really took off after 2009 sweeping through the internet throughout Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia then spread from there across the South and beyond.

Mississippi must have a fondness for this beverage mix because they even make Kool Aid Pickles

Folks seem to love serving up this easy pie dessert at Thanksgiving back then. I found that a bit surprising too since all I can think is that it would be perfect for Easter.

Easy Kool-Aid No Bake Pie

Ingredients to make Kool Aid Pie

The recipe only calls for three ingredients plus a graham cracker pie crust. I just picked up store bought crusts because it is easier.

What flavors can you make Kool Aid Pie? Well currently you have 21 options to choose from.

  • Cherry
  • Tropical Punch
  • Strawberry
  • Grape
  • Lemon-Lime
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Black Cherry
  • Aguas Frescas Mango
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Lemonade
  • Aguas Frescas Pineapple
  • Aguas Frescas Jamaica
  • Mixed Berry
  • Berry Cherry
  • Orange
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Sharkleberry
  • Green Apple
  • Peach Mango
  • Auusa Frescas Mandarina

Will they all be good? I have no idea. I was actually a bit surprised by the results when we were taste testing the 3 flavors that I chose to make which were strawberry, lemon-lime and grape.

How to Make Kool Aid Pies

Mixing Kool aid with sweetened condensed milk using a hand mixer

To make a Kool Aid pie you’ll need to first combine the flavor packet of your choice with a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Can you make Kool Aid pie without sweetened condensed milk? You can. You could use softened cream cheese instead along with the other ingredients in the recipe. It would be a little different but still work out fine.

folding Cool Whip into the Kool Aid pie mixture

The smell of Kool Aid was pretty strong at this stage but lessened after the Cool Whip was folded in.

After the pie filling is combined, transfer it to the graham cracker pie crust and smooth to the edges.

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Chilling Kool Aid pies in the refrigerator

Cover the pie with the handy plastic lid that comes with the store bought crust and pop it into the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours before slicing.

I did go around the edges of the pie before serving and garnished with whipped cream and some fresh fruit. Completely optional of course.

What Does Kool Aid Pie Taste Like

Kool Aid Pie on a platter

So what did it taste like? We both went for the strawberry first, which ended up being our favorite.

It had a nice taste of strawberry and was delicious. I honestly would not have known that this had Kool Aid in it if I didn’t make it myself.

The lemon-lime was also nice. It was what you might expect from a citrus flavored no bake dessert.

no bake pies on a serving platter

The grape Kool Aid pie was a bit shocking to my taste buds. We were both hesitant when it came to this one.

I mean, what the heck is a grape pie supposed to taste like anyways? So I took a bite.

The grape flavor tasted just like Kool Aid but you are eating it rather than drinking it. That was really strange for me. I believe that kids will love that but for me….well I’d rather drink grape Kool Aid than eat it.

With that said, I think that some of the flavor options will work well for this dessert and others may not, depending on your taste buds. You’ll have to experiment with the flavors that appeal to you and see what happens.

I am glad that I tested out 3 options so that I truly got what to expect from this recipe because it can vary greatly depending on your flavor of choice.

Kool Aid Pie Recipe

Below you will find the printable recipe card with all of the details to make this pie.

Yield: 1 Pie

Kool Aid Pie

Vintage Kool Aid Pie recipe

Kool Aid pie is a vintage no bake dessert made with just 3 ingredients plus a store bought pie crust.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Ready Made Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 0.14 oz. Kool Aid Flavor Packet, of choice (See post)
  • 8 oz. Extra Creamy Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl: combine the Kool Aid with the sweetened condensed milk using a hand mixer.
  2. Next, fold in the whipped Cool Whip topping until combined. Transfer the filling to a graham cracker pie crust and smooth to the edges.
  3. Cover and refrigerate, at least 2 hours, before serving.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh fruit, if desired.

Notes

Have a damp paper towel hand to wipe the blade of your knife between cuts for the perfect slice of pie.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 0gSugar: 47gProtein: 7g

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so happy that you did. I hope that you’ll try this easy no bake pie dessert soon and test out some of your favorite flavors to discover which ones you like best. Let me know in the comments which flavor becomes your favorite.

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Miz Helen

Monday 8th of March 2021

Congratulations, your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday,526 and we pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! Miz Helen

Julia Jordan

Monday 8th of March 2021

Miz Helen, Thank you so much! I'm so happy to be among your delicious features this week.

Ed

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

I think black cherry or cherry would be tasty. This recipe reminds me of your yummy orange dreamsicle pie.

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Ed, I think those cherry flavors would work well too. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the orange dreamsicle pie...that is a tasty little pie and one of my favorites. ~Julia

Carlee

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

What a fun pie! Little Dude and I will have to make one!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Enjoy!