Sometimes there just isn’t time to bake a pie from scratch during the holidays. Company is coming, your family is traveling, or you’ve cooked so much other stuff that you’re simply not interested in starting another project. At times like this, you can buy a pie or other dessert from a favorite bakery, or you can buyÂ frozen pie and stick it in the oven after dinner – no prep needed. In their most recent issue, Consumer Reports taste-tested two types of frozen pies – Dutch Apple Pie and Key Lime Pie – to find out which brand made the best and which weren’t worth eating.
The Dutch apple pie category included Marie Callender’s, Mrs Smith’s Classic and Sara Lee brands. Marie Callender’s and Mrs Smith’s both topped the Sara Lee pie, which “tasted store bought” and had a slight aftertaste. Marie Callender’s pie, although a bit sweet, seemed to be the best be. The key lime pie category included Edwards, Marie Callender’s and Sara Lee Signature Selections. Again, Sara Lee was the lowest rated with a “lime-flavored filling with a slightly off-taste [and] gritty crust”. Marie Callender’s was again the top-placer, with a zesty lime filling.
I’m still going to make Dutch apple pie and key lime pie from scratch, but Marie Callender’s is clearly the way to go for a frozen pie. And, as another alternative, you will probably do a little better than the frozen pies if you stop in at one of their stores for a fresh pie, too.
SvariAugust 3, 2009
I don’t know why, but I prefer only cold food. So, it is no so exotic for me 🙂
k.artinAugust 5, 2009
very nice, thanks for sharing.
metin2 yangApril 13, 2010
what’s your name? bmx
maggie.zMay 16, 2010
it looks delicious.
michelleJuly 3, 2012
I really prefer edwards frozen key lime pie, I find ms callenders to be too too sweet- it tastes like artificial sweetener it is so sweet to me, and I am a dessertaholic.
LouDecember 7, 2013
All of the Mrs. Smith other pies such as cherry etc, have too thick of a greasy crust and a skimy amount of filling.
Pat cainJune 18, 2018
The best key lime pie is from Sara Lee. We were at. A restaurant in Florida and the key lime pie was to die for! I asked the manager if I could have the recipe. She told me all of their pies were baked on site except the key lime that they bought from Sara Lee because it tasted better than what they could make. For a long time I could not buy it in the stores because they sold only to restaurants. Now you can find it in some grocery stores.it is terrific!