It’s no wonder why Key lime pie is the official state pie of Florida. Much like this sunny state, it’s fresh. It’s sweet. It’s simultaneously refreshing and indulgent. And if you’re looking for the best of the best, then visit the Space Coast, home to some of the most scrumptious gourmet desserts such as this in the state. Specializing in the state’s best Key lime pie, in particular, is the Florida Key Lime Pie Company, located at 340 King St. in Cocoa Village.
Florida Key Lime Company's pies are freshly baked, using a long-standing South Florida family recipe. Theirs is so much more than simply a slice of pie. At the Florida Key Lime Company, you can try Key lime pie in a cup, a coconut, a jar, on a stick, deep-dish style and more.
Key Lime pie, a Space Coast favorite treat — Photo courtesy of Sam Howzit
But Key lime is just the beginning of the offerings here. You can also find a wide variety of tropical cheesecakes (guava and mango, for example) at this restaurant, as well as rum cakes, fruit ice cream and seasonal specialties. If you’ve never tried a passion fruit cheesecake, now’s your chance. If you’re lucky, you might find Guinness beer cheesecake on the menu, too.
At the Florida Key Lime Company, you can also find Florida beers and wines, salsas and hot sauces, candy and chocolate, spicy smoked fish dip and all kinds of snacks. After you fill up your belly, you can find gifts and memorabilia in the retail shop, everything from salt scrubs to sea glass candles.
Looking for entertainment? This shop organizes free hermit crab races Friday evenings on the Cocoa Beach Pier. Or head up to the thatched roof tiki bar to enjoy your dessert and drinks with a view. The restaurant also offers free tours of the wine room, which stocks more than 60 different local wines. And on Wednesdays, you can participate in a variety of different wine tastings. Tip: The Island Style Tasting lets you choose from 15 different wines and pair them with dessert.
The Florida Key Lime Pie Company has the best Key lime pie in the state of Florida — Photo courtesy of The Florida Key Lime Pie Company
In January, head up to Cape Canaveral for the annual Florida Key Lime Festival, featuring (What else?) plenty of Key lime pie. The company crowns Miss Florida Key Lime Pie, holds a pie-eating contest and a hot sauce contest and even challenges bartenders to make alcoholic drinks based on Key limes. Browse local artists in the marketplace, watch live cooking demonstrations and enjoy live music.
You can also find Florida Key Lime food at the Kennedy Space Center’s restaurant, the Cocoa Beach Pier’s gift shop and at Trader Ricky’s.