Best Bet: Chocolate chess pie

Chocolate chess pie is a popular house specialty crafted from a handed-down family recipe at The Silver Caboose in Collierville. (MICHAEL DONAHUE / The Commercial Appeal)

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Chocolate chess pie is a popular house specialty crafted from a handed-down family recipe at The Silver Caboose in Collierville. (MICHAEL DONAHUE / The Commercial Appeal)

Chocolate chess pie is a popular house specialty crafted from a handed-down family recipe at The Silver Caboose in Collierville. (MICHAEL DONAHUE / The Commercial Appeal)

Photo by Michael Donahue

Chocolate chess pie is a popular house specialty crafted from a handed-down family recipe at The Silver Caboose in Collierville. (MICHAEL DONAHUE / The Commercial Appeal)

I asked Chris Baird, who works at The Silver Caboose, what he thought of the Collierville restaurant’s chocolate chess pie.

“That’s really chocolaty,” he said.

And that sums it up. It’s one of the best-tasting chocolate desserts I’ve ever eaten. It’s smooth and chocolaty, without being overly sweet.

I stumbled on the pie when I stopped by The Silver Caboose to get a cup of coffee. Anna Nicol, a former Miss Collierville whose grandparents Mary Jean and Bob Smith own the restaurant, told me their chocolate chess pie is popular.

Julie Smith Felton, Anna’s mother, said the family recipe for the pie dates to at least “a couple of grandmothers ago.” Her mother used to make it for Felton and her nine brothers and sisters.

The recipe calls for cocoa powder, which is “the old-fashioned way” of making a chocolate pie instead of melting chocolate chips, Felton said.

“It’s very dense, almost like a fudge,” Mary Jean Smith said. “It’s better than a brownie.”

Some people order it hot, some cold. Most people order it with ice cream, others with whipping cream. I thought it tasted great warm without anything else added.

The pie was a hit when the restaurant opened Feb. 15, 1996. It outsells Felton’s other pies 10 to one. I could smell the fresh-baked chocolate chess pies when I arrived at the restaurant around opening time at 11 a.m. The Silver Caboose is open for lunch seven days a week. Dinner is served only on Friday nights.

The Silver Caboose is at 132 E. Mulberry in Collierville; 901-853-0010

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Comments » 1

whatsthatsmell writes:

This is the best chocolate chess pie ever! It is soooo good!

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