How much did the serious eaters want to try a Swingle, the frozen chocolate-covered mini-key lime pie on a stick at the Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie shop? (Can you call a ramshackle hut on a pier a "shop"?) Enough to risk life and limb walking there in a violent, windy, and lightning-laden post-meet-up thunderstorm. And you know what? It was damn well worth it. The spicy tartness of the key lime pie filling, the crunch of the graham cracker crust, and the perfectly balanced bittersweet chocolate, all come together perfectly on the little wooden popsicle stick. Oh yeah, you'll have to take the same risks we did, because the only way to get one of these babies is to head to Red Hook. Steve wholesales the pies but not the swingles.
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
204 Van Dyke Street, Red Hook Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Pier 41; map) 888-450-5463