4 Best Store-Bought Thanksgiving Pies

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If you’re responsible for dessert on Thanksgiving, whether as a host or a guest, you know you’re in the mood for cake. You can make it yourself (time consuming) or buy it from a bakery (expensive). But luckily, there is a third option: your local supermarket.

Grocery stores are convenient, less expensive than bakeries, and generally offer plenty of options for everyone’s taste. Of course, supermarket pies vary greatly in quality, and you don’t want to be the person who serves a subpar pie on Thanksgiving.

So here are the top picks at major grocery chains, from apple to pumpkin and more. (Note: if you’re shopping last minute, make sure your grocery store is open on Thanksgiving.)

apple pie lattice by marie callender
by marie callender

We’ll let you in on a secret: Many fruit tarts freeze very well and taste very close to fresh when heated, so a frozen option is convenient, inexpensive, and delicious if apple is your jam. Priced at around $6, this pie is a great value and also compares well with other frozen options. Pick one up at your local grocery store, Target, or Walmart.

wegmans pumpkin pie

Although at $10 it’s more expensive than other supermarket pies, this Thanksgiving must is worth it. In a 2020 taste test against other supermarket pumpkin pies, Wegmans’ was a hands-down favorite, with a flaky crust, creamy filling, and a good balance of spice and pumpkin flavor.

edwards signatures georgia pecan pie

A classic holiday treat, pecan tart also freezes well, and with this $7 option available at Walmart, all you have to do is let it thaw and you’re done. Pro Tip: To balance out the sweetness of the pecan pie, try sprinkling it with a little flaky sea salt, like Maldon.

Trader Joe's Nantucket-Style Blueberry Pie
Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s © 2022

If pie, cobbler and pie had a baby, it would be this popular dessert, loaded with blueberry pie on a hearty pecan crust, all for $6.50. It comes frozen, so thaw or warm it up, then flip it onto a serving plate so the colorful fruit sits on top.

Do It Your Way: While you’re at the store, grab a bowl of heavy cream and do it yourself with some whipped cream to give your store-bought cake a no-fuss homemade twist. You can sweeten it, add vanilla, or just whip the cream straight and serve it as is.

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