If, like many mainlanders, you’re planning a trip to the Keys now that the snowbirds have flown back to their northernmost coops, you might want to check out one of food maven Rachael Ray’s favorite sweet treats.
Set to be featured in Ray’s magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, as one of her favorite 50 treats in 50 states, is the decadent Key Lime Pie on a Stick from Key Largo Chocolates (100470 Overseas Highway, 305/453-6613). The shop’s signature dessert is simply a wedge of rich, creamy Key lime pie on a popsicle stick that’s dipped in dark chocolate and frozen.
Chocolatier and co-owner (with husband Bob) Kristie Thomas says the pie, made in-house, is composed almost exclusively of Florida ingredients, from the eggs to butter to Key lime juice. How the former Food Network star heard about it, Thomas doesn’t know, but after sending off a sample she got word a few weeks later that it was chosen for inclusion in the magazine feature.
And if Key lime pie, frozen and chocolate dipped or not, just isn’t quite your thing, KL Chocolates has a wide variety of chocolate goodies, all made on the vivid pink-and-lime green premises. My advice: Get the truffles. These aren’t all the usual suspects chocolate truffles, but rather wicked-luscious little nuggets that are on par with those of such highly respected chocolatiers as Michael Recchiuti and Vosges.
All that and a little R&R in the Keys too. . .