Something EVERY store should copy from Trader Joe’s is their free sample of the day. I can’t tell you how many foods I never would have tried, or even noticed, if I didn’t greedily pass by the freebies, try one and then buy the whole shebang.
This is how I tried Trader Joe’s Ultimate Berry Pie. Otherwise, why take a chance? 🙂
I’m not a pie person. I think it’s the crust – shortening tastes terrible in it, or is it baking soda or powder? I don’t stay around long enough to find out, but unless a crust is made from butter or cookies or graham cracker, I just leave it on the plate.
But here was the Trader Joe’s sample, with a lot of whipped cream on top, and who doesn’t need more fruit, right?, so I tried it. I’m always looking for something a little more healthy that also tastes good and sweet. Good!
The crust is not too hard, and nicely crumbly — I would have liked more of it. (Although I think this is more of a tart than a pie.) Fruit is right: it has raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and cherries, in that order. I had second thoughts in the store when I saw the cherries, because I like cherry flavored lollipops or cough drops, but not real cherries! But you know, it tasted more like blackberries and brown sugar, with a lot of natural juices to wash it down, so I ignored the cherry part.
Is this a local pie? I couldn’t find any other reviews of it. I recommend it, but I didn’t finish the pie. It turns out whipped cream was the “cherry on top” in the store for me, and I ran out of whipped cream!