The Key Lime Pie Reviews: Key West Key Lime Shoppe

We weren’t at all hopeful, my pal Vicky and I. Lots of hype, piles of merchandise, and, most likely, an underwhelming Key lime pie experience, that’s what we expected. But I couldn’t very well not review the ostentatiously named Key West Key Lime Shoppe, could I?

Key Lime dog treats? Not even Her Supreme Greediness,  Princess Pugsy, seems convinced

Key lime dog treats? Not even Her Supreme Greediness, Princess Pugsy, seems convinced

All a bit sterile and generic looking...

These look all a bit sterile and generic…

People were eating them, so we ordered ours.

People seemed to be enjoying them, so we ordered ours.

KLP and a steaming mug of coffee

The verdict?

Much to our astonishment, this run-of-the-mill-looking slice turned out to be a winner. The thin crust delivered on crunchy crumbliness. The filling was light, almost like a mousse, but, at the same time, it had that substantial mouth feel you’d expect from a pie. Flavour and the level of tanginess were just right. The only possible improvement one might suggest (and this is a personal preference) would be a meringue topping instead of the cream.

My rating: 4.9 out of 5.

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Missed the other reviews? Here they are:

And if you want to know how my cake obsession started, click here. [Warning – contains hideous photographs of 70’s and 80’s fashion].

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29 thoughts on “The Key Lime Pie Reviews: Key West Key Lime Shoppe

  1. linnetmoss

    That pug is the most unbelievably cute dog since Mister Winkle. The pie looks like a slice of Key Lime ought to. My ideal slice is slender and creamy, but with lots of intense lime flavor, and just enough sweetness to balance it.

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  2. pollyheath

    I kind of thought that dog was some kind of key lime paraphernalia. Also, I thought you tagged this post as “Kanye West”. Clearly I need sleep.

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  3. Steve Tarpin

    You should ask to watch them make their crust, they don’t. You should ask to watch them juice their key limes, they don’t. Commerically available pre-made Graham crust contains ZERO butter, and bottled juice from concentrate is suitable for stripping paint or removing rust, not in food products. Especially in today’s day and age when awareness of ingredients should propel consumers to insist on authenticity. By the way, one of the biggest rouses out there is the marketing of “key west lime juice”, which is exactly what the bottle says it is. Lime juice (not KEY lime juice) from concentrate, bottled in Key West.

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  4. y. prior

    well Debbie sent me here (from travel with intent) and I am so glad she did! I enjoyed this review and I am coming back to read more later – and I liked this “Flavour and the level of tanginess were just right….” but was wondering why you like meringue more than the creme – hmmm – I always thought traditional was the creme — ?

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Well, hello there 🙂

      You’re right, of course – the traditional topping is cream. Not fresh cream, though, as far as I know, because when KLP was originally conceived, there was no fresh milk in the keys. Logistics problems 😉

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      1. y. prior

        well that makes a lot of sense – I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in this area – and we had a little tasting of a very bad version of a key lime pie recently – my husband had some choice adjectives for how nasty it was. I will come back and let you know when I post about it. 🙂
        have a nice weekend. ~yvette

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