Mississippi mud pie is a deliciously dangerous treat for chocolate lovers in particular.
It consists of a crisp chocolate or plain shortcrust pastry
or biscuit shell, filled with a gooey, sticky, creamy fudge filling.
The pie is said to have originated in the Mississippi state, and the rich, deep and dark brown colour and thickness of the filling has been compared to the muddy waters of the Mississippi river and the mud that lines its banks. During cooking, the filling puffs up, the top hardens and then cracks, but on cooling it subsequently deflates and the end result is similar to cracked, dry mud typical of an arid desert area.