One of the best things about being a SarasotaFoodie is sharing new and delicious restaurants and local food purveyors with our readers, as well as listeners to our weekly radio segment on WSRQ Radio.
A month or so ago I mentioned to Susan Nilon, our host on WSRQ, that I’d run into the new owners of Caribbean Pie Company. Both Susan and her co-host, Kirsten Sponseller, excitedly asked “Where are they?” and shared how they missed picking up a delicious, award winning tropical pie from Caribbean Pie Company’s previous locations on Main Street and Clark Road.
Well, the good news is that Caribbean Pie Company, which originally started in 1989, was sold to owners Thomas Szyper and Chris Matthews three years ago. The duo has shifted the business model to wholesale business, specializing in manufacturing and the distribution of its products to retail locations, restaurants, and hotels across Florida. That means you can get your favorite key lime, coconut cream or chocolate silk pie at more venues than ever before. Win! Win!
When they purchased Caribbean Pie Company, Thomas and Chris walked away with the Award Winning recipe for Key Lime Pie, the logo and a list of customers. Since that time they have tripled the business and expanded in the community to include retail stores from Venice to Bradenton. As members of the “Fresh From Florida” campaign, Caribbean Pie Company sources local products and businesses. Who doesn’t like that!
Caribbean Pie Company’s Isla Bonita Key Lime Pie
The duo has also added three varieties to the traditional Key Lime Pie. That included the Raspberry Key Lime Pie, with swirls of sweet raspberry coulis adding a delicious bite to the classic key lime taste, and the Mango Key Lime Pie, which does the same magic with swirls of Mango. But the prettiest Key Lime pie you’ll ever see is their Isla Bonita Key Lime Pie, which showcases swirls of sweet raspberry, tropical mango and luscious guava. There is even some carambola in the recipe! We sampled it on-air at WSRQ, and had everyone rolling their eyes back in their heads with the lusciousness of the tangy and sweet, smooth flavor.
In addition to the key lime pie, Thomas and Chris introduced a decedent 2 layer Chocolate Silk Pie, with both a dark and a milk chocolate layer. They recommend you serve the pie frozen, which keeps the layers of chocolate smooth and silky, while the chocolate shavings on the top “snap” when you bite into them. Again, the flavor profile was everything we could want in a chocolate silk pie . . . and eating it frozen made it feel like an ice cream, only better! This beautiful pie would be a pleasure to serve at even the fanciest of dinners – spring, summer, winter or fall!
Chocolate Silk Pie
My personal favorite was a surprise to me. When I grew you could not get me to eat anything with coconut in it. I absolutely hated coconut. Well, fortunately, I’ve grown out of that silliness, and happily dug into Caribbean Pie Company’s Coconut Cream Pie, wishing I could keep the entire pie to myself. (Note to Thomas and Chris: This should be named Toasted Coconut Pie!) Just the aroma of all that fragrant toasted coconut was enough to get my taste buds singing. My mom would be so proud that I even tried coconut, let alone love it like I do in this pie. Only took
30+ 40+ years!
Toasted Coconut Cream Pie – YUM!
We didn’t get a chance to sample Caribbean Pie Company’s Island Parfait, a fruity taste bomb loaded with blueberries, strawberries, and mango. If any of our reader have had one, let us know how it was, or send us a photo.
While sampling the Isla Bonita, Coconut and Chocolate Silk Pie on WSRQ, their website was lighting up with listeners letting us know how much they wished they were enjoying Caribbean Pie Company’s samples right along with Susan and Kirsten. (Just an FYI – Kirsten rarely eats sweets but ate EVERY morsel of pie on her plate! I think she surprised herself!)
Sample sizes of each pie were enjoyed at WSRQ radio
So, if you want to wrap your mouth around a delicious Caribbean Pie Company pie, there are lots of places to go, including a few restaurants who sell the pie as their own. Here’s a short list of where you can order a slice, or two, as of the day of this blog:
Walt’s Fish Market
All 3 locations of the Old Salty Dog
Marker IV Restaurant
Waterside Grill/Gasparilla Marina
LeLu Coffee and Gilligans on Siesta Beach
The Boatyard Siesta Key
Cortez Clam Company
Mr. Bones BBQ
Gecko’s on St. Road 70
Full Belly Burgers
JB’s Conch Café
Gulf View Grill
Burgundy Square Café
Beach Road Bistro and Wine Bar
If you’d like to pick up an entire pie to serve your family, bring to work or present as a hostess gift, there’s a number of places to do that too. Be sure to ask the clerk if the pies are in the freezer section or in a cooler.
Simply Sweet in Charlotte Harbor
All 3 locations of Detweiller’s Farm Market
Crescent Beach Grocery
Albritton Fruit Company
In closing, we’re happy that a local favorite has been re-invented and continues to bring the bright flavors of Florida to happy diners in Sarasota. Congratulations Caribbean Pie Company!