Announcing the Winner of our Pie Recipe Contest: Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Pie

Written by Chris

Thank you to all of you who entered our Nestlé Kitchens “There’s Always Room for Pie” recipe contest! We had a ton of fun reading through all the recipes and a good several days of testing and evaluating. We tasted some really exceptional pies! With no further ado, here are our winners… drum roll please….

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Pie recipe

1st place goes to Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Pie by Milisa Armstrong! We started with this pie above…

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Pie recipe

and ended with this…which says a lot considering we had so many pies to taste!

This was the pie most judges kept coming back for and of course, it rated the highest among all pies we judged. Ice cream pies consistently perform well in competitions, perhaps because it brings us back to our childhood. Milisa really nailed it in all judging categories (recipe creativity, use of product, visual appeal & ease of preparation).

Her recipe was highly creative with the flavors she chose (dulce de leche and coffee, a tasty coffeehouse combo!). We loved the delicious layers throughout – crumbly, creamy, chewy and crunchy, all in one bite. She made great use of three Nestlé products (Dreyer’s/Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, Nestlé La Lechera Dulce de Leche and Nestlé Toll House morsels).

The crust is made with graham crackers and almonds. This is topped with softened coffee ice cream, a handful of chocolate morsels, a layer of warm dulce de leche, some whipped topping and a sprinkling of more chocolate morsels and toasted, sliced almonds. It’s a snap to put together (check out the video below) and it is outright beautiful! All of the judges thank you Milisa, we are so happy you entered our pie contest!

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients for 10 servings:


  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 container (1.5 quarts) DREYER’S or EDY’S Grand Coffee Ice Cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Dulce de Leche
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

ADD graham crackers to a food processor and pulse until crackers resemble fine crumbs. Add crumbs to bowl along with chopped almonds, sugar and butter; stir to combine. Press into bottom and up sides of 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

BAKE for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

SPREAD ice cream into cooled pie crust, smoothing out over bottom of crust. Sprinkle with half of the chopped morsels.

HEAT dulce de leche in microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for a few seconds to soften; stir. Pour over chocolate morsels, spreading as evenly as you can.

SPOON whipped topping over dulce de leche, covering entire surface of pie. Sprinkle with remaining chopped morsels and sliced almonds.

FREEZE for 30 minutes. Remove pie from freezer and cover with foil. Place back in freezer for at least 4 hours or until pie has set. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before you are ready to serve. Store any leftovers covered in freezer.

Roasted Banana Cream Pie with Butterscotch Ganache recipe

2nd place: Roasted Banana Cream Pie above by Lorie Roach (photo curtesy of Lorie)

This banana cream pie is outstanding! Lorie really knows her way around the kitchen. It scored very high marks for creativity, use of product and visual appeal. Lorie made great use of two Nestlé products, Nestlé Toll House morsels and Nestlé Carnation evaporated milk.

The crust is made with crushed vanilla wafers, then topped with a layer of homemade butterscotch ganache. This is topped with a roasted banana custard that is made with evaporated milk. After this sets, it’s topped with a sweetened whipped cream and additional butterscotch ganache. This pie was a little time consuming to put together, but for special ocasions, this pie is absolutely perfect and worth the effort! We kept the leftovers in our fridge for a day or two and all of us, especially me, kept coming back for a spoonful. Yes, it’s that good! Perhaps a little dangerous.

White Chocolate-Mascarpone Key Lime Pie recipe

3rd place: White Chocolate-Mascarpone Key Lime Pie above by Lisa Speer

This is another pie the judges kept coming back for – simply refreshing and not too filling. Lisa used two Nestlé products in her pie, Nestlé Toll House morsels and Nestlé Carnation sweetened condensed milk.

We really liked her creative use of ingredients – the filling is a mixture of melted white morsels, sweetened condensed milk, mascarpone cheese, lime juice and lime zest. This is poured into a delicious, crumbly baked graham cracker crust. The pie itself is not baked, so it is very simple to put together making it perfect for effortless entertaining.

Lisa recommends garnishing this pie with a dollop of whipped cream, slices of lime and toasted coconut. It’s a gorgeous pie, isn’t it? Here’s a little tip – after it has firmed up in the refrigerator, freeze it for an hour or so before serving. Each piece slices beautifully this way. It’s also really good completely frozen. Yes, I sampled it this way too!

We had a lot of top pies – so many that we will be highlighting those in future posts. Here’s our top 10 roundup:

  1. Caramel Machiatto Ice Cream Pie by Milisa Armstrong
  2. Roasted Banana Cream Pie with Butterscotch Ganache by Lorie Roach
  3. White Chocolate-Mascarpone Key Lime Pie by Lisa Speer
  4. Summertime Pots of Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Cream Pie by Maggie Moran
  5. Farmhouse Berry Pie by Melissa Binig
  6. Chocolate Banana Pie with Coconut Pecan Crust by Heather Connell
  7. Frozen Peach Mascarpone Pie with a Salted Pecan Crust by Debbie Huber
  8. Caramel Chip Cannoli Pie by Brandi Evans
  9. Oatmeal Scotchy Caramel Mousse Pie by Barbara Mayo
  10. Frosty Turtle Temptation by Natalie Klein

Thank you again!



  1. Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing recipes! Congrats to the winners!

  2. Posted August 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow – those all sound so tasty! I can’t wait to try them.

    Congrats to the winners!

  3. Posted August 9, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Brandi – congrats to you!! Your cannoli pie was so creative! I recently made it in a waffle cone crust. Thank you for entering 🙂

  4. Posted August 9, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    I feel honored to be in second place! I could NOT be a judge–all the pies look fantastic! Congrats to Milisa for first place for your excellent ice cream pie! Must try. And a big thank you to Nestle for a beautiful gift basket full of baking supplies.:) I still haven’t let my self unwrap it, but I will soon because I have some great new pie recipes!

  5. Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink | Reply

    Lorie, we are honored you submitted your pie. I love how you combined roasted bananas with butterscotch. Such deep, beautiful flavors! Your pie set up so well and was absolutely delicious the next day, and the day after that…I got myself into trouble!

  6. Posted August 9, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Congrats to all the winners and to the top 10!

  7. Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congrats everyone!! 🙂

  8. Lisa
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you all! I am so thrilled and honored to have been awarded third place in this contest – the top two look amazing and are made with some of my favorite ingredients, so can’t wait to try them both! All the pies looked mouthwatering, wish I could have been in on the testing 🙂 Chris, it makes me very happy that you and the other Judges liked my pie. Thank you for the wonderful Nestle products, I was like a kid at Christmas opening the basket and have been really enjoying them!

  9. Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you Chris, what a wonderful write up! I am so excited to have won. The pie was not planned, I just put it all together one afternoon and it turned out well. Thanks to everyone who has left comments as well. This is my first recipe contest win. I appreciated the opportunity. Nestle products are always in my pantry and I use them almost daily.
    Congratulations to the 2nd and 3rd place winners, your pies look spectacular and I can’t wait to try them!

    • Posted August 15, 2011 at 7:30 am | Permalink | Reply

      I am so happy for you Milisa! This contest was a lot of fun – we plan on doing another one!

  10. Posted September 7, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    I got that winning pie bookmarked! Looks delish.

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