Hello from Denver, CO!
Earlier, I reviewed some vegan cheeses, and now I thought I’d review some vegan mini pies by Hail Merry’s that I’ve wanted to try for forever. I had heard they were yummy, but never went for them since they tend to be on the pricer side at my local Whole Foods (like $6 each, which for a tiny pie seems like a lot since I can gobble up desserts in 2 seconds flat).
When I saw that they were only $3.49 each at my sister’s local Natural Grocers, I excitedly decided to give them a try. I couldn’t decide which to get, so I ended up getting 3 so my sister and her husband and I could all try them.
And they were good! So good! Like, shockingly good for a tiny pie purchased from a refrigerator section of a grocery store. Here’s my full review of the 3 flavors I tried:
PS- Pardon the crappy poorly-lit photos; I ended up spontaneously reviewing this after-the-fact.
1. Vanilla Coconut Cream Pie
Review: This pie was different, and delicious! The crust of the pie was crumbly yet dense, and tasted buttery, almost like a graham cracker. I think it was made of nuts.
The filling was a luscious, rich and dense coconut cream layer, laced with hints of real vanilla flavor, and topped with unsweetened shredded coconut which added both a nice crunchy textural contrast and a neutral temperament to offset the sweet filling below.
Buy Again? Yes! This pie was my second favorite of the three we tried. I probably wouldn’t want a whole one to eat by myself, but a couple bites of this pie would be a satisfying addition to any dessert platter.
2. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Review: As I’m a HUGE chocolate + nut butter fan, I expected this one to be my favorite and it was the pie I was most excited to try. Sadly, I found this one a bit disappointing. Rather than eating like giant almond butter cup as I had imagined it would be, the pie had a crust and a filling that I didn’t think worked that well together.
I found the chocolate crust a bit dry and crumbly and did not find it to offer much other than a harsh dry cocoa flavor. It left me wanting a big gulp of almond milk. The filling, meanwhile, was also lackluster. The almond butter layer was quite thin and got lost between the crumbly crust and the layer of ganache-like chocolate that sat on top of it, which had the bizarre consistency of a tootsie roll.
Overall, this one just wasn’t the one for my mouth. It wasn’t bad, just not my favorite.
Buy Again? As much as I love dark chocolate and almond butter, this wasn’t my favorite, and I can’t see myself buying it again. I’d rather smear some almond butter on a piece of dark chocolate and call it a day. Oh well! You live and you learn! I’m still happy I tried it.
3. Meyer Lemon
Review: Meyer Lemon was the clear standout. This one was epic.
The tart had a thick, rich, and super lemony filling snuggled gently inside of a hearty yet crumbly crust.
The crust was perfect: nutty, crumbly yet ‘buttery’, and dense but flakey (very similar to the Vanilla Coconut Cream pie crust). It provided a nice contrast to the thick, smooth tangy filling.
Each bite was the perfect combination of smooth and crunchy, tangy and sweet, rich yet light blissful dessert delight that keeps you wanting just one more sliver…until before you know it, the pie is gone!
This pie reminded me a bit of the key lime pie at Peacefood (which is a very high compliment), and I truly believe this dessert could easily be served at a cafe or party and tasters would think it homemade!
Buy Again? YES YES YES! This is a pie I could easily eat by myself in one sitting. It is a treat for the tastebuds!
That’s all for the pies! Read my review of vegan cheeses here, and stay tuned for a full Colorado recap!