At two AA meetings that I regularly attend, a wide range of food items are served alongside the requisite coffee pot. Earlier this week, at my home group meeting, I was amazed to see two brands of frozen key lime pie being served. The two pies were Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie and the Edwards Key Lime Pie.
While talking to my friend, the coffeemaker, she said that there was only Edwards Key Lime Pie left in stock at the supermarket, when she was picking up meeting supplies earlier. She said that she saw the Sara Lee pie and decided that having two brands of key lime pie was pretty cool.
My friend knows that I regularly write product reviews for associatedcontent.com and she encouraged me to write a comparison review of these two pies. Presented here, as a service to the consumer at large, is one food writer’s product comparison review of Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie and the Edwards Key Lime Pie
The net weight of the standard – sized package of Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie is 34 ounces. According to the package label, the container holds eight servings of pie.
The net weight of the standard – sized Edwards Key Lime Pie is 36 ounces. According to the nutrition facts label on the package, the container holds eight servings of pie.
The regular retail price charged for one 34 ounce package of Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie at Hartford, Connecticut area supermarkets is approximately $5.99 – $6.49.
The regular retail price charged for one 36 ounce Edwards Key Lime Pie at Hartford, Connecticut area supermarkets is approximately $5.79.
Texture / Consistency
The consistency of these two brands of key lime pie is quite similar. Both the Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie and the Edwards Key Lime Pie feature crumbly – soft, yet still firm graham cookie – like crusts that nicely complement the rich and creamy lime fillings. Both brands of key lime pie are also topped with smooth and creamy whipped toppings.
While both of these frozen key lime pies offer pleasant and enjoyable textures, I found that I slightly preferred the consistency or texture of the Edwards Key Lime Pie over the Sara Lee specimen. I liked the individual components of the Edwards pie more, which led to a more satisfying pie that offered a more appealing mouth – feel than the Sara Lee pie.
Sara Lee Signature Selections Key West Lime Pie contains 380 calories, with 160 calories from fat, per .125 pie serving. This frozen pie also contains 10 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams trans fat, 18 grams total fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 280 mg of sodium, 50 grams total carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 37 grams of sugars and 4 grams of protein, per .125 pie serving.
Edwards Key Lime Pie contains 450 calories, with 200 calories from fat, per 1/8 pie serving. This product also contains 16 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 22 grams total fat, 50 mg of cholesterol, 310 mg of sodium,, 240 mg of potassium, 57 grams total carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 46 grams of sugars and 6 grams of protein, per 1/8 pie serving.
Taste / Flavor
When it comes to taste, or flavor, I think that both of these brands of key lime pie taste good, but I think that overall, I preferred the flavor of the Edwards Key Lime Pie. The Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie certainly offers lots of sweet flavor, but I thought that it was not as tart as many authentic key lime pies. To me, key lime pie should offer a somewhat tart and tangy flavor that is accented by sweetness. That type of flavor is offered by the Edwards Key Lime Pie, however.
The Sara Lee Signature Selections Key West Lime Pie is a very good tasting frozen pie that I would definitely eat and recommend, but I do think that the flavor offered by the Edwards Key Lime Pie is more of an authentic representation of the flavor of key lime pie.
Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie and Edwards Key Lime Pie are both packaged in sturdy cardboard boxes. Each brand of pie sits on a plate that is suitable for cutting and serving the pies on. Each brands’ box is attractively – designed and each box also lists all pertinent ingredient and nutritional information.
I must say, rating these two brands of key lime pie isn’t as easy as it might seem. Because the Sara Lee Key West Lime Pie and the Edwards Key Lime Pie both taste so good, I can’t say that one is necessarily better than the other. I will, however state that in my opinion, the Edwards Key Lime Pie tastes more like authentic key lime pie.
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