guest post // raspberry ice cream pie- aka “pink stuff”. from whitney johnson

First of all, congratulations to Josh & Naomi on the birth of their brand new baby boy!! My name is Whitney, and I feel so honored to be filling in for Naomi today! I blog over at eat sleep cuddle, and I wanted to share a fun recipe with you for a yummy summer treat…Raspberry Ice Cream Pie! This recipe is from my husband’s family, who for some adorable reason has only ever referred to it as “pink stuff” (ha!). In their family growing up, “pink stuff” was only made for special occasions, and was considered a real delicacy. Hence the super fancy name, I guess… ;) It is so simple and easy to make, and is the perfect mix of sweet and tart. Plus, we all know you can never go wrong with a homemade graham cracker crust. Hope you enjoy! (see recipe below)

RASPBERRY ICE CREAM PIE (aka “pink stuff”)

1 pkg (6 oz.) of raspberry jello
1 container (1.5 qts) of vanilla ice cream
fresh raspberries (optional)

Graham Cracker Crust:
8 graham crackers
6 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. sugar
**crush graham crackers and mix together with butter & sugar. press evenly into dish and chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. (i doubled this recipe to get an extra-thick crust to fill the bottom & sides of both my cake rounds.)

1. add 2 cups of boiling water to a package of raspberry jello in a large bowl and stir until dissolved.
2. add 1 container of vanilla ice cream to water & jello mixture, and stir until ice cream is evenly mixed throughout (will mix easier & quicker if you add the ice cream while the water is still very hot).
3. pour into prepared graham cracker crust, and put in the refrigerator to let set for about 2 hours. (i actually like to put mine in the freezer because i prefer a more ice cream-like texture rather than the pudding-like texture you get from the fridge. do whichever you prefer!)
4. serve with fresh raspberries (optional).
**the measurements in this recipe are for a 9×13-inch pan, but of course you can put it in whatever kind of dish you’d like.

Congratulations again, Naomi! And thanks so much for having me!
  1. I absolutely love Whitney's blog and was so delighted when I saw she's guest posting! This looks like a great recipe, thanks! And the photos are stunning as always.

  2. Samara

    Whitney, your photos are amazing!!

  3. Jessica

    yummy! nice pictures! ♥

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  5. That looks amazing. And pink stuff? So cute. I think I'll make it …just for fun!!

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  7. tinajo

    Wow, looks simply amazing! :-)

  8. Naomi

    This looks so delicious, great photographs too :)

  9. A-Russ

    Oh my I will have to try this, look so good and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  10. sounds SO good! we used to make a similar "pie" when i was little that used cooled (but unset) jello and whipped cream! ice cream sounds even BETTER!!


  11. This looks so good, I'll be sure to try it out some time if I can get hold of graham crackers in sunny old England! I'll also be sure to check out your blog! Jacob x

  12. Jenny

    We have a similar frozen treat in my family called "pink salad" that's only served on holidays. It must be a pink thing.

  13. this looks delicious! i can't wait to try it…and these photos look great!

    alissa b

  14. Hi! This looks amazing.
    Is there an alternative way though to get the raspberry jello cause I live in Belgium and here we don't have anything like it that we can buy pre-made but I desperately want to try this so I need to find something :D
    Lovely post and pictures btw!

  15. Hi! This looks amazing.
    Is there an alternative way though to get the raspberry jello cause I live in Belgium and here we don't have anything like it that we can buy pre-made but I desperately want to try this so I need to find something :D
    Lovely post and pictures btw!

  16. shivers ! this looks absolutely amazing … yum-o! & perfect timing too … i'm thinking about birthday cakes for my daughter who turns one next week … eek ! love it.


  17. This looks like a great, fun, and easy summer treat. I can't wait to try making this!

  18. Kate

    This looks absolutely delicious! I'm going to have to give it a try! :)

  19. Luu

    the cake looks so delicious! Great photos :)

  20. oooh my god, if I was less determined not to leave the sofa today I'd be giving this a go immediately x

  21. This looks incredible. Totally pinning it right now. Great color too!

  22. This is so simple I can't wait to try it!

  23. Bri

    great summer dessert! I love your blog Withney

  24. Maggie

    wait so how do you get it out of the pan onto a pretty plate?

  25. I am making this IMMEDIATELY. It looks so, so delish. Thanks for sharing!

  26. lo

    Thanks for sharing, Whitney! This looks so yummy. I can't wait to try it one of these summer nites.

  27. oh. oh my goodness. this is the cutest post and i am DYING to make pink stuff now. love!

  28. @Maggie – I just went around the edges with a butter knife and worked it loose a little bit, then turned it upside down onto a plate. it was good and frozen so it was stayed together nicely (thank goodness) :)

  29. This is such a sweet post, Whitney (love your blog by the way). I love simple summer treats. :)

  30. shillna

    Oh my, this looks so yummy! Definitely going to try this soon. :) Just a question, does the butter needs to be melted before mixed with graham crackers and sugar?

  31. So cute! I love all these awesome recipes and ideas we are getting!

  32. Hello Whitney! I'm definitely going to try this! Usually I'm a mess in the kitchen, (seriously, my mum is always afraid I'll blow up her kitchen) but this is just too cute! If it goes well I'll let you know, and if it doesn't, well probably you'll never hear from me again! haha xx

  33. Amanda

    Wow this looks so good! And what a nice surprise seeing Whitney here. I love her blog. :)

  34. I know what I'm having this weekend! Ty. Great post.

  35. abby

    Ummm a pink dessert…my daughter will be out of her mind excited! Love the color and I love your photos! The yellow outfit looks as scrumptious as the pie:)

  36. This sounds like the perfect summer treat. I'm planning on it for our little fathers day celebration. Thank you!!! And you're styling and photos are so so lovely.

  37. Lauren

    My family and I make a dessert very similar to this. We use strawberry jello and coolwhip instead of ice cream and make a strawberry mouse.! Delish!

  38. whitney does it again with a mouth watering recipe! and the photos- better than ever

  39. Looks so yummy and so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Sophie

    That looks super delicious. Seriously. Ice cream pie sounds delightful!

  41. Yummy. I want to eat that now. Also Whitney, cute blog. So clean and cute.

  42. my family makes "pink stuff" almost just like this, except we use pink lemonade mix. Just a different version of the sweet/tart. :)

  43. Yum!! This looks delicious! And perfect for summer time :)

  44. Looks delicious. @RosieB and Jacob Andrews – think plain digestives would work for the base – like a cheesecake?

  45. Rachel

    That's funny, my mother also made a desert called "Pink Stuff," but hers was strawberry-jello Ambrosia.

  46. I can't wait to make this for my family! It looks so easy and delicious!

  47. Johanna

    This is definitely the next cake on my list! It looks so unbelievable delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  48. YAY, Whit! :)
    That pie looks just delicious.

  49. If you don't have graham crackers you can use digestive biscuits (for those of you in Europe).

  50. this looks amazing!!

    well done, whitney!

  51. Sarah

    we definitely make pink stuff every thanksgiving- it's one of my favorite traditions! so excited to see it on the blog!

  52. this looks absolutely beautiful! and i'm so glad you picked whitney to do a guest post on your blog! she is one talented lady and i'm so excited for other people to see that, too!

  53. tabitha

    wow, so bright, beautiful and scrumptious looking!

  54. Good job, now I wanna eat a cake haha !

  55. way to find the guest posters around, naomi! love this.

  56. As soon as I saw the flags, I knew it was you, Whitney! Love the pie! It's adorable and looks yummy!

  57. this could not look any more inviting. i must try it. SOON!

  58. Marina

    Because I am such an amateur in the kitchen, I have to ask: How do you get the pink stuff out of the pan?

  59. I love this recipe, but will it come out the same way if you use a different flavor of jello? my family is quite picky.

  60. So I made this recipe last night but since I don't eat gelatin, I made a raspberry sauce to replace the jello. It was too good. Thanks for sharing!

  61. junebug

    That looks delicious. And beautiful. And so celebratory! And so easy! Thank you for this recipe and for being so thoughtful and loving to Naomi, Josh, and their sweet growing family.

  62. Sarah

    So excited for Whitney's guest post! Love this post! I'll be making it soon :)

  63. the cake looks gorgeous, and delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  64. Ohh my, this looks amazing. I will try to create this over the weekend. :) I also blog about family happenings at: I found your blog while searching for family friendly activities and recipes. Thank you for writing with such style and elegance, and for sharing your insights about parenting and the fun that can be had during the every day moments of life.

    Best to you and yours!


  65. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

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  66. katie

    Just put two in the fridge because it sounds like the perfect non-cake dessert for my two-year-old daughter's birthday party. I made it with strawberry gelatin b/c that's all Whole Foods had (plus she's been talking about strawberries all week) and I simplified (I know, I know!) by using a pre-made crust, so it's not the exact same, but I know it will be delicious all the same! Thank you for sharing! I'm happy to have a new blog to keep up with, too! Beautiful work :D

    PS: The UKers who can't get their hands on Graham Crackers could probably get away with using Digestives instead. Every time I eat them, I think about what a great pie crust they would make. :)

  67. katie

    Sorry, just noticed brianne+1 already mentioned Digestives as a sub!

  68. Charis

    OMG this looks delish!

  69. Xixia

    raspberries, yum. pies, yum. ice cream…YUMYUMYUM. this looks delicious! thanks for posting this! :)
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  70. Calli

    This looks delicious!

  71. sara

    ohmygosh! we have PINK STUFF at our house (well, within our family as a tradition) too! but it's strawberry and it's not a pie, but otherwise, i think it's pretty similar! i think it's so funny that y'all call it pink stuff too :) we only ever have it on special occasions as well (always thanksgiving and Christmas). now i'll have to try my hand at making (and nomming!) this new type of pink stuff! love!