With summer upon us, on my most recent trip I was going to pick up the usual seasonal Key Lime Pie. In New York, this isn't something you can find regularly. Nor can you find it at Trader Joe's. It's summer only. But next to that bright green box was an equally yellow box of Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte.
Now, this product isn't technically new. It's been on shelves previously, but like so many other products, it just hasn't been on shelves in a while.
And as an unofficial rule of shopping at Trader Joe's (just in case you didn't know), if it says "made in France" and it contains bread or pastry, you are pretty safe to assume it is going to be good. I struggle to think of something I didn't like that was made in France.
Now, as far as summer goes, here is a dessert that only requires you to defrost. A big win when it comes to summer and desserts. The less I can have the oven on the better.
If you look at the box, you see a stunningly presented dessert. My hope was that it would come out of the box just as beautifully. Well, to be honest, it was just as impressive coming out of the box as the pictures indicated.
Within about an hour of defrosting I had a slice. If someone had put this on a plate in front of me I would assume that they had made it themselves. It looked homemade.
And then there is the ratio. There is about 1.5-2x as much of the meringue as the lemon filling.
The crust is buttery at cuts through much of the sweetness of the overall dessert. It's not crisp like most pie crusts, but it is more of a contrast to the elements presented.
Despite the calorie (and carb/sugar count), it is sweet, but not cloying. It's tart but nothing that would make you pucker. It's a refreshing palate-cleansing taste that would be a good way to end a meal.
For $5.99 this is a good one to keep in your freezer for a last minute dessert. Worth stocking up on because I haven't seen this on shelves since 2016 which is quite a hiatus.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte again. It is beautifully presented considering it is coming out of the freezer, it tastes really good, and would be worth picking up an extra just in case it takes another long vacation.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte:
Calories and ingredients
How Trader Joe's describes this:
Out of the box you get:
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Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte
Product Name: Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte
Product Description: Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte is a frozen, no bake desert that is beautifully presented
Trader Joe's Lemon Meringue Tarte is a returning dessert on shelves.
- Beautifully presented
- Just needs defrosting
- Has disappeared off of shelves for years before
- Likely a seasonal offering
- Calorie count is up there