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New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Key Lime in the Limelight

New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Key Lime in the Limelight


Last Published: 11/27/2017

New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Key Lime in the Limelight

Key lime pie has been traced back to the early 20th century in Key West, FL. While its exact origins are unknown, one thing is for certain - it is one of America’s favorite regional desserts. 


While the main ingredients of a traditional Key lime pie are widely accepted (Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks), authentic versions of the recipe are highly debatable and argued endlessly. Graham-cracker or pastry crust? Meringue, whipped cream or neither? Cooked filling or uncooked? Whatever your choice, one thing is for sure - the bright flavor of Key lime pie is always a customer favorite, even when it’s not a pie!


  • A cool dessert just got cooler. One creative chef ramped up the cool and refreshing qualities of the Key lime pie by developing Key lime popsicles! These refreshing pie slice popsicles are dipped in chocolate before serving.
  • Salsa doesn’t need to be solely spicy. Both local shops and established restaurants serve fresh Key lime salsa, including notes of orange and pineapple that enhance the citrus flavors of traditional Key lime pie and bring a new level of deliciousness to this classic flavor. Additions such as jalapeño and onion can also bring some added heat to the shareable treat, which is served with classic tortilla chips or on a taco.
  • Dare to be great. An inventive regional restauranteur decided to build on the great flavor of the Key lime pie by creating a signature dessert consisting of shortbread macadamia crust, frosted Key lime cake and Limoncello mascarpone goat cheese.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios. 

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