The pie originated at the Melrose Inn here in Prospect, Kentucky (my parents stayed there when they came out for my wedding reception back in 1996). George Kern came up with the recipe for this delicious pie made up of walnuts, chocolate and a great crust. When trying to decide on a name, many family members had ideas of what it should be called. They put all the choices in a hat and drew out Derby Pie. In 1968 it became so popular that they registered that name and patented the recipe. To read more about it go to the official website here. It's so popular that you can buy it in the freezer section of the grocery store any time of the year.
Well, I will give you the version I prefer and you can try it or you can order your own Derby Pie here.
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie from allrecipes.com
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup and 2 Tbs. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust (I use the frozen ones!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, flour, melted butter, salt, lemon juice, and corn syrup. Mix thoroughly, then stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes until set and golden.