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Best store bought desserts

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KP Aug 15, 2003 12:35 AM

Have you ever had a store bought dessert that made your tastebuds tingle with joy? Good enough that it's become your only option for store bought desserts?

I'm so glad I happened upon Edward's pies and cheesecakes. Nothing comes close to Edward's IMO. Lemon meringue pie, peach pie, strawberry cheesecake, everything I've had has been wonderful. And the crust! Love the crust!

So, let's hear your favorites. And if you've never had Edward's, give it a try. It rocks!

  1. GraceW Jan 16, 2011 06:49 PM

    Any Sam's birthday cake. Seriously great tasting frosting. And my Aunt got me hooked on the brown-mushy layer that gets stuck to the cardboard base.

    I never buy them because I believe they have trans-fat in them but if cookies are a dessert, those pink and white circus animal cookies are good. Even aesthetically, they are comforting.

    1. letsindulge Jan 16, 2011 06:31 PM

      Trader Joe's carrot cake and pear tart. Recently served the tart with a goat cheese whipped cream. Also Claim Jumper's blackberry and also peach frozen fruit pies.

      1. lilgi Jan 16, 2011 05:08 PM

        Oooh, Stella D'oro "Swiss Fudge" cookies have come through for me many times as well.

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          kaleokahu Jan 16, 2011 03:41 PM

          I confess a weakness for Pepperidge Farms' frozen coconut cake.

          1. lilgi Jan 16, 2011 01:20 PM

            Juniors Cheesecake would get my vote and has worked for me in the past if I can't make my own.

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              goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 06:03 PM

              i'll take S&S over Junior's, please :)

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                lilgi Jan 16, 2011 06:54 PM

                Store bought? Never seen it, thanks for the heads up!

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                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 07:03 PM

                  Zabar's!

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                    lilgi Jan 16, 2011 07:11 PM

                    Definitely checking next time, cheesecake is a VERY important item in my houselhold! Thanks :)

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                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 07:30 PM

                      well in that case you might have to do some comparison shopping & taste-testing ;)
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590291

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                        lilgi Jan 16, 2011 07:36 PM

                        Great thread. We don't get into Manhattan that often and it would be nice to try a few of those places. I make cheesecake quite often here, although I don't know how mine compares to any of those mentioned. Have you tried the recipe by Smitten Kitchen?

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                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 07:45 PM

                          i haven't, but it's gotten enthusiastic thumbs-up in several Home Cooking threads from Hounds whose opinions i totally trust/respect.

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                            lilgi Jan 16, 2011 07:47 PM

                            Awesome! And btw if you do try it out sometime, her method eliminates the bain marie. Its a ton easier and no cracks.

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              spinachandchocolate Jan 15, 2011 09:18 AM

              Costco has some really good (and reasonable) cakes and pies.

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                keylimenc Jan 14, 2011 07:06 PM

                Just bought an Edward's Key Lime pie--as we use to do several years ago. We use to eat each bit very slowly, making it last as long as possible. The one we bought tonight was N O T the same as the former ones. It has been bought by a different company--and, not for the better. There's almost no taste at all. It just tastes "artificial". Really awful. Schwan Food Company, I don't know what you did, but you didn't do ANYone any favors by changing the recipe. Yuck!

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                  shugga Aug 15, 2003 09:04 PM

                  I think Trader Joes has some really good desserts!

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                    ellin Aug 15, 2003 05:38 PM

                    I love Entermann's chocolate cake -- the one that's a single layer and comes in a pan. I can't buy it unless I bring it to work, otherwise I will eat the whole thing.

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                      Shelby Davis Aug 15, 2003 10:33 AM

                      I've always been fond of Marie Callender's Pies. The berry ones are great, and her pot pies are wonderful as well (though not dessert, and have almost enough calories for a full day)

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                        chilibug Aug 15, 2003 01:19 PM

                        My sister has been raving about these! She too claims they are the best store bought dessert she's had. Unfortunately, she was in North Carolina when she tried them, and hasn't been able to find them in the Boston area.

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                          Parrot Mom Aug 15, 2003 04:38 PM

                          Marie Callendars fruit pies are delicious (Very Berry)...I even have an apple crumb in my freezer right now...but we also have Alden-Merrill .. a small chain of bakeries that started with selling cheesecake.. They make a chocolate cheese cake that my husband asked me NEVER to buy again, because he wanted to eat the whole thing.. Every pie I've boughtis about as good as anything I could make at home.. The closest one to me is in Sudbury now.

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                            givemecarbs Jan 16, 2011 05:32 PM

                            I like the cherry crumb topping Marie Callender pie. And it's huge.

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                            JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Aug 15, 2003 03:02 AM

                            The recipe on the back of the can of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa has the best damn brownies I've tasted. The way it's made almost has the brownies made from a custard base (or I just screwed up the recipe once and liked it that way), so they come out incredibly rich.

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                              ChowFun (derek) Aug 15, 2003 01:47 AM

                              In what part of the country (world) does Edwards exist?

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                                KP Aug 15, 2003 01:57 PM

                                Edward's pies are available in the southeast and southwest and southern California. I attached a link to their homepage. Their detailed site is down right now.

                                Link: http://www.edwardsisb.com

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                                  Sarnie Aug 15, 2003 04:39 PM

                                  I've found them throughout the west. They were founded in Atlanta GA, so are probably widely available. And I LOVE the key lime pie ... when it's been handled/stored correctly.

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