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Hubig's Pies

Spencer Apr 23, 2007 05:20 AM

Saw something on these on a FN show. Was thinking of ordering a case online, but thought I'd ask here frist- are they really all that?

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    Hungry Celeste Apr 23, 2007 08:08 AM

    Well, it depends on what you mean by "all that". I wouldn't bother to mail-order them, but I do pick one up from time to time at the supermarket or the gas station. They're good, but not mind-blowingly delicious, but certainly good enough for the price. I'd rank Hubig's as a local curiosity with great nostalgic value, not an artisanal food product intended to inspire veneration. When I go fishing, I want a coconut Hubig's in my lunchbag, and I'm partial to the peach, too.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste
      Frolic Apr 23, 2007 10:53 AM

      They are always fresh with no preservatives. Also, except for peach and pineapple, they use fresh fruit. I like the sweet potato pies when you can get them.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste
        Bill Hunt Apr 24, 2007 09:59 PM

        Very well stated. When I saw the thread, I had flash-backs. For me, the peach was always the best. Good, but not great. I'd rank Hubig's behind several offerings from McKenzie's and well back of the coconut and banana-creme pies at the old Delmonicos. Oh, and their chocolate was right up there too.

        Good call,

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        JGrey Apr 23, 2007 10:30 AM

        I think Celeste is right that it's a nostalgia thing. I did not grow up here, and didn't like my one and only Hubig's pie (chocolate, which in my mind had the most potential). It leaves a coating in your mouth like grocery store icing. I would try one when you're here sometime. They do benefit from brief warming in the micro.

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          Hungry Celeste Apr 23, 2007 10:59 AM

          Chocolate is the least appealing flavor, IMHO. It's on my own personal list of "foods that are brown but not chocolate" along with those used-to-be-good but now-are-nasty chocolate covered grahams made by Keebler. Try again with a fruit flavor.

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            JGrey Apr 23, 2007 12:51 PM

            Huh. Some group of people I was talking to all agreed chocolate was the best. Philistines. Maybe I'll look for the sweet potato one, that sounds promising. Lemon sounds like it might be ok, too. It was the dough part that icked me out, really, I just can't take shortening any more.

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              Hungry Celeste Apr 23, 2007 01:01 PM

              I think the lard content of the crust cancels out the shortening. Mmm....lard.

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          MIKELOCK34 Apr 23, 2007 02:25 PM

          They are fairly mediocre now. They seem to use less fruit and more corn syrup or something similar in the fillings. They are not filled as much as they used to be either. I would not pay to have them shipped anywhere.

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            Guy Caballero Apr 23, 2007 04:05 PM

            good for hangovers, eating on the road or in a hurry, or warmed up as a late night snack. they're better than a hostess fruit pie, but not really worth mail ordering unless you're some kind of fruit pie connoisseur. I don't recommend looking at the nutritional facts.

            Peach is my favorite. I had a strawberry one this weekend, it was ok.

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              Spencer Apr 23, 2007 05:14 PM

              Thanks folks for the input. I really appreciate it.
              I'm in NOLA 2-3 times a year, so I think I'll just wait till my next visit and try some then.

              1. Honey Bee May 3, 2007 08:02 AM

                I received a case of Hubig's pies yesterday and thought they make a fun treat. I am not a fried pie expert, but I found the crust to be very tender and flaky. I ate the peach, hubby ate the apple and we were both pleased. Life changing? No. Good? Yes.
                If you want to mail order a sweet treat, order some Manske Rolls from San Marcos Texas. They are definitely "all that".

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                  underworld gourmet May 3, 2007 08:20 AM

                  Ah, a Hubig's lemon--or apple--at "little recess" back in grammar school (St Agnes) so long ago; did a lot to turn me from a skinny kid into a--well, not skinny kid. I stilll eat one every now and then--and they are still good, although the more recent flavors--like chocolate--aren't so good. Never had sweet potato.

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                    HalfShell May 3, 2007 08:41 AM

                    Bad or good, I'm just glad to hear they're still around! I have to say, I've had a couple of the apple ones in my teenage days, and thought they were pretty delicious. I think they'd be good heated up with some vanilla ice cream.

                    A girl at my school used to bring a case of them every few months to homeroom. She told us that her family got a lifetime supply because her dad saved the life of the owner of the company! I don't know whether this is true, but she certainly sounded convincing and she's a pretty trustworthy person. Needless to say, they were more fun to eat because we knew they were a reward for a heroic act, and I think kids always dream of "lifetime supplies" of any kind of junk food.

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                    rg3825 May 3, 2007 11:56 AM

                    I seem to be riding a carousel of lard with Celeste. It's a really nice ride. Her reply is flawless.

                    If you wanna order a case of something from 'Nawlins, Zaps is the thing. Don't even check the internet. Pick up the phone - 1800HOTCHIP. That accent on the other end alone is worth the call. Order half “Cajun Craw-Tates” and half “Gator Tater”(my favorite). No better chip in the land.

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                    1. re: rg3825
                      Spencer May 3, 2007 12:10 PM

                      We have those here in SE Texas. A friend is a retired chef from NOLA and now lives in Kansas City. I had to send him some Zaps recently.

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                      SBrooksB May 31, 2007 06:31 PM

                      Some of you may have seen Dan Baum's four-month-long "New Orleans Journal" for The New Yorker magazine. In the April Archives was this lovely piece on the Hubig's Pie factory:


                      The entire series (beginning January '07) is archived on the New Yorker site, and well worth a read.

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                      1. re: SBrooksB
                        scrumptiouschef May 31, 2007 10:19 PM

                        “Time from fill to bag, two hours,” Ramsey said. The wrappers are stamped with a date one week hence, at which point they are retrieved from stores and destroyed."from the New Yorker
                        Is there no enterprising hog farmer in Louisiana who could buy these little stale beauties and feed some young shoats for a few months with Hubig's?Can you imagine the deliciousness of the pork after a steady fried pie daily diet.The local chefs could procure the meat and trumpet it on New Orleans menus...it would be the new benchmark....Berkshire and Smithfield would close up shop and head back back to where ever they came from.Pecan Smoked Hubig's Pork Shoulder....

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                          Hungry Celeste Jun 3, 2007 06:05 PM

                          Those poor hogs would "catch the diabetis" in a week! We think alike, though, as I always wanted to fatten a hog using some sugarcane mash. I do know folks that use sweet potatoes in this way, to good effect.

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