When I met my husband, he didn’t really have much of sweet tooth. There were very few desserts that he absolutely loved, one of which came from our favorite grocery store chain in Florida: Publix.
Ah, Publix. How I miss thee.
I won’t sit here and lavishly explain how much I love this grocery store or how it fulfills all my foodie needs because we would be here all day, well maybe a solid 30 minutes but you know what I mean.
Key lime pie is a great summer dessert, but I think sometimes it can be a little too tart or a little too sweet. My husband happens to love the mango key lime pie from Publix and until he brought it home one day I never had such a combination. The filling was perfect!
This past Father’s Day I made it for him, but with a twist. Another food favorite of my husband are pretzels, and by adding them to the crust, it only enhanced the flavors further. It has the right slightly salty (say that 5 times fast) bite. Come to think of it, mango and key lime just screams Florida in general, doesn’t it?
Seriously people, these bars are amazing. Aaaaand you can freeze the rest! I had to, or we would’ve eaten the whole pan which is a no go during bikini season.
These are VERY easy to make!
And of course in our case, we had a moment of silence for Publix while we ate them. Sigh…where shopping is a pleasure.
Yes, I know. We’re weird.
- 1 1/2 cup ground pretzels
- 1/2 cup ground graham crackers
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 stick of unsalted butter (melted)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup key lime juice or regular lime juice
- 1/2 cup of mango nectar
- 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
- zest of 1 lime
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the pretzels, graham crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Add a pinch of salt and then press into the bottom of a 13x9 clear glass baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the filling by combining all ingredients. Pour the filling into the warm crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center is just set. Allow to cool completely. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- Beat heavy whipping cream in a bowl with a whisk or hand mixer until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and whip until the whisk has a medium firm peak. Place a dollop onto individual bar portions or spread over the whole pan. Sprinkle lime zest over the top and serve!
- After you place the whipped cream over the bars, slice them into individual portions and place on a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Place in the freezer for at least an hour. Once each bar is individually frozen, wrap each one in plastic wrap and place in a ziplock bag. Place it back in the freezer and enjoy it whenever you want. No need to thaw, these are perfect right out of the freezer!
Aren’t they pretty?
This is the perfect dessert for a potluck, baby shower, bridal shower, barbecue…
Or in my case, the perfect treat for the best daddy in the world 🙂