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Dec 13, 2007 03:06 PM

Is Publix key lime pie real?

That is, does it contain 100% key lime juice and not regular lime juice? It's not terrible but it's not nearly as over the top in flavor as the key lime pies I tried in Key West, and I know it's very common for piemakers to use regular lime juice in "key lime" pies.

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  1. It's Publix... NOTHING is real!

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    1. re: mialebven

      That sure seems like a cheap shot to me. I realize it is Publix but unless you know that they don't use key lime juice in their pies, you comment is uncalled for.


      1. re: RibDog

        yeah I think Publix has a pretty decent bakery for a chain grocery store. Their key lime pie is pretty good.

      2. re: mialebven

        The Publix bakery is a thousand times better than Albertsons (which in turn is better than Winn-dixie!) Publix actually produces very edible bakery goods made using recognisable ingredients - our SIL got all the food for our wedding party from Publix including the (very pretty but buttercream-standard) cake, and we certainly didn't feel slighted. I wouldn't put them down... I adore Publix's custardy desserts and I'm sure their key lime pie would be good too.

        1. re: mialebven

          You're thinking of Strawberry Fields.

          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

            this somehow sounds like Terry Hatcher on Seinfeld lol....

          2. I was told years ago that they use one of those cheap liquid egg products in them.

            1. Publix key lime pie is about the only Publix bakery product I don't like. My local store does "artisanal" breads such as rosemary black pepper or asiago or cranberry walnut that are wonderful. They do a creditable seeded rye, their English muffin bread makes great toast. But their key lime pie, like all bakery key lime pies tastes fake. I can make a decent key lime pie using key limes, persian limes or even that bottled Nellie andJoe stuff. I don't know what Publix uses, but it doesn't cut it in my house.

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              1. re: eimac

                I make my own KL pies from scratch also using the juice from Nellie and Joe. In fact, Publix carries this brand. Then with a few other items, it takes me about ten minutes, at the most, to put together and stick it in the oven. Easy, peasy. And the guests think you went to all kinds of trouble.


                1. re: RibDog

                  I totally agree with you, Ribdog...a very good KL pie is about the easiest pie in the world to make yourself, maybe second easiest is pecan pie.

                  1. re: Val

                    I previously confessed here how I screwed up apple pie, but I have screwed up pecan pie as well- way too heavy on the molasses. So after two ignominious defeats on the battlefield of pies, I surrender unconditionally.
                    I bought a Key Lime pie at Publix today for a dinner tomorrow and I had a chance to grill those in aprons in the bakery section about the integrity of the ingredients. They confessed that they no longer prepare them on site; they arrive from some mysterious central commissary they know nothing about. It looks pretty. If it's either really good or really bad, I'll report back.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      All four of us, after a huge dinner last night of lobster bisque, shrimp scampi, and chili rellenos, thought it was quite passable.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Some day, Veggo, you might just take the plunge and post Your recipe for chili rellenos. Some day.

                  2. re: RibDog

                    Ahhhh, Ribdog, I do the same thing but Nellie and Joe is not real key lime juice - check the lable!

                    1. re: sunsuze

                      My label says key lime juice concentrate, and sodium benozate as a preservative, so not sure what you mean...

                      Anyway, you can all come over to my house, because I have a key lime tree that has many many fruits on it right now, and we already have four frozen homegrown key lime pies in the freezer. :)

                      1. re: joan

                        If I come over, it will be for the seafood at Mid-Peninsula. Yum!!!

                        BTW Joan, congratulations on the marriage of your daughter recently.


                        1. re: RibDog

                          Thanks so much! She was truly beautiful, and the happiest bride I've ever seen. We now have a wonderful Son too!.
                          Oh, and if you ever need a caterer, we loved the one we chose, Delectables. They are out of Palm Harbor. Can't recommend them enough!

                          Also, John could you Pretty Please email me your pie recipe? Don the Pie Man has tried many recipes, the egg ones we've tried all come out he defaulted to the cream cheese/freeze variety.
                          joan leak atttt hotmail dot com. Thanks!

                  3. I have to agree with other posters that Publix's key lime pie falls short. It just doesn't have the tart, saliva-inducing kick that I expect from a good key lime pie. The crust is pretty ho-hum, as well.

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                    1. re: laurie

                      In Sarasota, Morton's Key Lime Pie beats Publix's Key Lime Pie for tart taste, but then squanders the lead by decorating the pie with little artificial jelly-like, sugar-coated, artificially-colored lime slices. Obviously, both the whipped cream on the Publix version and the jelly slices on the Morton's version can be removed easily, but it's the principle. They shouldn't be there to begin with.