August 18, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
About the only thing that's absolutely certain about the origins of Key Lime Pie is that it originated in Key West, Florida in the 1850’s. The magic ingredient was (and is) sweetened condensed milk. There was no refrigeration in the Keys until the 1930's, so soon after the invention of this canned milk, it became a luxury item in the Keys, allowing residents to make decadent treats like cream sauce or ice cream on a whim. It also led to the creation of Key Lime Pie.
Cut to 2014, and the creation of Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie. As tradition dictates, ours is made with sweetened condensed milk and true Key lime juice. Unlike other lime juices, Key lime juice is pale yellow in color. Some pies bearing the Key Lime name are bright green - we can assure you that this is not a natural occurrence, but rather the result of the inclusion of artificial color. The filling of our Key Lime Pie is pale yellow, just as it should be. It's nestled in a graham cracker crust - also traditional - and arrives unadorned, awaiting your meringue or whipped cream topping - there is intense debate over which of these two adhere most closely to custom.
Adhering to Trader Joe's custom of offering terrific everyday values, we're selling each 17 ounce Key Lime Pie for $4.99, every day. You'll find it in our freezers.