The pros: Trader Joe's Pecan Pie Filling in a Jar was very tasty straight out of the jar. Yes, it's going to be very sweet. It's pie filling. If you read through the ingredients they seem to be using good stuff including bourbon.
The cons: Probably not as good as homemade, but as good as you can get in a jar. Should have alternate recipe for chocolate pecan pie. Just sayin'
The verdict: For $6.99, this is way more economical and time-saving than buying all the individual ingredients yourself. To make this as a pie, it costs around $10.
Hard to buy a quality pecan pie in the store for $10. If you are like me and find yourself always running short on time, then this is a good way to go. If you try this right out of the jar and quickly realize that it tastes sweet, but pretty darn delicious, then this is a fabulous topping for say, some vanilla ice cream.
Either way, if you realize that you enjoy this product, please pick up a few as this appears almost as quickly as it disappears. I picked up a few to get me through the holiday season.
On the shelves Trader Joe's Pecan Pie Filling in a Jar looks like this:
The nutritional information (You didn't think this was diet food, did you?) along with the ingredients:
How to prepare:
What else you'll need to make this:
Mix in filling:
Add to pie crust:
Out of the oven:
What did I think of the end product? Pecan pie is very sweet so if you don't have a sweet tooth you probably wouldn't enjoy this. It's not going to be as pretty or as outstanding as a Southern grandma would make, but for a filling that came out of a jar with minimal ingredients that needed to be added it was pretty darn good.
The flavor of vanilla and bourbon are very prominent. If you are in a hurry this is a good choice to consider. I'll keep a jar in my house for when company comes over.
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