There is one treat I am admittedly late to the party for. I’ve seen Aldi fans on social media give glowing praise to the pie bites, a limited-edition sweet that shows up from time to time at the discount grocer. I’ve never gotten around to actually trying the pie bites until now, though. Maybe that’s because they sometimes appear in stores right after the winter holidays, when I’m trying to get back onto a healthier eating plan. Nevertheless, when I spotted the famous pie bites in the weekly Aldi ad recently, I added them to my shopping list so I could finally see what the hype was about.
Belmont Pie Bites cost $4.99 for a 6-ounce package at the time of publication. With 10 one-bite servings per package, that comes out to about 50 cents per serving. They come in three different flavors: Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, and Key Lime. All flavors feature bite-sized desserts that consist of a creamy filling with a butter and graham crust and a chocolaty coating.
These are Aldi Finds, so they’re only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, they’re gone until whenever Aldi decides to bring them back. If these aren’t in stock at your local store, you can’t order them online from Aldi.
You’ll find these pie bites in the Aldi Find freezer aisle. The packages recommend keeping these frozen. Just prior to serving, allow the pie bites to thaw partially. It doesn’t take long for them to thaw. Mine were not really frozen anymore after the time it took to get them home from the store, photograph them, and eat them.
If you’re looking out for allergens, these contain milk and tree nuts. They may contain wheat and soy.
Other ingredients include chocolate flavored coating (including sugar, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and more), sweetened condensed milk, graham cracker crumb, cream, water, butter, and more. These do contain some processed ingredients such as natural flavor and a small amount of guar gum and xanthan gum.
These are not a low-calorie food. Each package has 10 pie bites, and one bite constitutes one serving. One pie bite has 70 calories, 4-5 grams of total fat (5-6% DV), 3 grams of saturated fat (15% DV), 6-7 grams of total carbohydrates (2-3% DV), and 4-5 grams of added sugars (8-10% DV).
At first glance, that seems like a small amount of added sugar, but each pie bite is not that large physically. Most people are going to eat at least two or three of these in one sitting, so they might be more like a 140- or 210-calorie dessert, with fat and sugars adjusted accordingly.
These come packaged in thin plastic compartmentalized trays inside cardboard boxes. To serve, simply peel the protective plastic film off the tray and set out. (One of my trays broke slightly when I peeled off the film; the trays are not that sturdy.)
In terms of taste, these are excellent. They are like mini cream pies with a thin layer of graham cracker crust on the bottom, all covered with a thin, crunchy chocolaty coating. Each unique flavor tastes as expected. The Coconut Cream Pie Bites have good coconut flavor, while the Banana Cream Pie Bites taste like bananas. The Key Lime Pie Bites have just the right amount of tart flavor. Most of my family couldn’t easily pick a favorite. Some people leaned temporarily toward the Key Lime, which might be the most unique flavor simply because it’s tart, but then those same relatives admitted they couldn’t decide.
These bites don’t contain artificial colors, or even natural coloring, so the filling even in the Key Lime flavor is just white and not green like some other Key Lime desserts. The different flavors in these packages aren’t easy to distinguish based only on appearance, so keep that in mind if you remove them from their original boxes.
These get kind of goopy and runny when thawed, so it’s a good idea to do as the box suggests and keep them frozen, letting them only partially thaw before serving. Or you can eat them straight from the freezer.
Sometimes Aldi products that are this unique are clear knockoffs of more expensive name brands. I did find some Key Lime Bites sold by Mackenzie Limited, which delivers high-end frozen prepared meals and desserts. While the ingredients are pretty similar, it’s not clear if that’s the inspiration behind these Aldi sweets. What is certain is that at $1.50 per serving for the Mackenzie Pie Bites, the Aldi Pie Bites at just 50 cents per serving are a better deal.
While these Belmont Pie Bites are pretty unhealthy in terms of the ratio of calories (a lot) to portion size (small), they are absolutely delicious and I’m glad I tried them. They rank among some of the best desserts Aldi has stocked, and they are certainly a dessert to be enjoyed just once in a while. I could see these going over well for dessert on holidays. They would also be great served with a nice cup of hot coffee or tea.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a dessert that tastes somewhat similar but isn’t quite as bad for you, when the summer comes around, keep an eye out for the chocolate covered frozen bananas Aldi sometimes stocks.
Belmont Pie Bites come in Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, and Key Lime flavors. They feature decadent filling with a thin graham cracker-like crust covered with a chocolaty coating. At 70 calories per one-bite serving, these are very indulgent, but they are delicious and are probably some of the best desserts we’ve tasted from Aldi. They’re worth a try and would make an excellent dessert to accompany a special meal.