NEWS - You don't have to live in Florida to have heard of their world-famous key lime pie. It's sweet, it's creamy, it's tangy— it's a perfect balance of anything that can put a smile on your face.
Key lime pie is an all-American dessert and you can guess that the best slice of the pie can be found in this country. But where exactly is it? Who makes the best key lime pie in all of Key West?
If you're wondering the same thing, look no further because we have found the best key lime pie in the Florida Keys!
Kermit's Key Lime Pie
It's almost too obvious if you find yourself walking along 335F Duval street in Key West, Florida. With a dark green roof and exterior walls painted in bright, key lime green, it's hard to miss the cute little shop that sells the best key lime pies around.
@miamiherald Meet Kermit Carpenter. He’s been selling Key lime pie at a corner shop in downtown #KeyWest for nearly 30 years. The city even honored him by declaring July 6, 2022, “Kermit Carpenter Day.” #floridakeys #floridatiktok #floridatok #southflorida #southfloridafood ♬ 21 Questions - Sam Nakamura
Since key lime pies are more or less a staple dessert in Key West, a lot of restaurants serve the dish. It's fairly common to find it in the dessert section of the menu— some places even have the pie as their main attraction.
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe is one of them.
Owned by Kermit Carpenter, Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe has been lauded as one of the top places to get key lime pies in Key West. The shop has stood the test of time, proving that its pie has a reason to stay.
In fact, the shop has been around for almost three decades, serving top-quality key lime pies to their local customers, and partons all over the globe!
Lime Shoppe Treats
Enter the key lime-themed store and you'll be surprised what other key lime treats await you. All in all, Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe has one hundred and fifty key lime-themed items.
They have cookies, pies, candies, sauces, and marinades— they even sell key lime soaps and shampoos!
The shop may have many key-lime-themed items, but you shouldn't be so confused when picking out which treat to taste. (Apart from the soaps and shampoos, of course!)
If you find yourself inside Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe, get yourself a slice of their famous key lime pie. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the key lime-themed shop has been featured in multiple television features including on the Food Network, National Geographic, and The Today Show.
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe's key lime pie has also been awarded as the best key lime pie in Key West by the Bubba Awards in 2019.
Suffice it to say, the shop has become so iconic that its identity has become almost synonymous with key lime pie itself. So if you plan to get a taste of the best key lime pie in Key West, do yourself a favor and go to Kermit's.
And if you want to make the trip extra special, make sure to go on July 6, when the city of Miami celebrates as Kermit Carpenter day!
An iconic chef who bakes iconic pies. What other reason would you need?
'Key To Our Hearts' Lime Pie
Key lime pies are relatively simple to make. The ingredients to make the dessert are also not hard to source, especially if you live in or near Key West.
If you have spare egg yolks, condensed milk, graham crackers, key lime juice, and whipped cream, you can make a key lime pie at home. Although, I can't guarantee that it's going to taste great— it all depends on your technique!
Key lime pie is a local favorite in Key West for a reason. It showcases the taste of a local fruit, and it includes remnants of Key West's history in the ingredients.
Supposedly, traditional key lime pies make use of sweetened condensed milk because fresh milk and refrigeration were not common in the Florida Keys until the 1930s.
These circumstances that are unique to Key West had made the iconic key lime pie a representation of the area in the shape of a delicious pie slice. To visitors, it almost feels like the law. If you come to Key West, you must try the pie.
So if you find yourself traveling to the Florida Keys, go to Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe and have a taste of their original key lime pie.
For the adventurous, try their key lime pie slice dipped in Belgian chocolate on a stick!
And if their pie did not satisfy your tastebuds, there are many more key lime pie shops in the area and you can follow your heart (or nose).
Just don't let Kermit Carpenter know because sometimes he throws those pies around!