Key lime's claim to fame is undoubtedly the Key Lime Pie. The creamy, tart lime pie, preferably with some sweet whipped cream on top, is a Florida classic. As much as I think it's absolutely delicious, it's an acquired taste with its quintessential tartness.
Growing up, I just wasn't a fan. My grandmother liked it though and would order a slice whenever we were in Florida. But we grow older and wise, and our tastes change. So, when I was in Florida on business a few years ago, I decided to give the infamous pie another shot. Guess what? I loved it. The contrast of the sweet and tart really hits the spot on a cold day.
Unfortunately, if you love key limes and live beyond the confines of Florida, finding actual key limes can be a huge challenge. The good news? You can find key lime juice in most major grocery stores and that's enough to make a lot of fab key lime recipes, including the delicious Key Lime Coolers that I whipped up this week.
What else can you make?
There are many different takes on key lime desserts out there. Check out Key Lime Coconut Angel Cake, which looks simply heavenly (sorry, I couldn't resist!). Another great option? Key Lime Cheesecake. I love a great, thick piece of creamy cheesecake ... and with a tart spin, it just sounds amazing. But then again so does the tart/crunch combination of Key Lime Pecan Tart. But who can say no to a handheld sweet treat like Key West Cupcakes? Not me!
As for cookies and bars, coolers aren't the only cookies you can whip up. Check out the layered Key Lime Bars. Or for a more traditional cookie, Key Lime-White Chocolate Cookies sound amazing.
For a lighter take on a key lime treat, check out Key Lime-Strawberry Parfaits and Key Lime Banana Smoothies.
So, are you a fan of key lime treats?
Sarah W. Caron is a food writer, editor and blogger. Find her online at Sarah's Cucina Bella.