Why We Love Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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It tastes like Thanksgiving.

There are only three things that would actually ruin Thanksgiving. One: Forgetting to thaw the turkey. Two: Talking politics at the dinner table. Three: Not making Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie. This is no ordinary pumpkin pie, mind you. It’s a classic, and no Thanksgiving is complete without it. You know the one. It’s the back-of-the-can treasure that has been pasted, copied, and re-copied into recipe boxes all across the South. Few pumpkin pies can stand up to the one that the Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin can has bequeathed us. Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe is a favorite of families everywhere, and kids and grown-ups alike demand its presence on the dessert table. Why do we love this particular recipe so much? Let us count the ways.

It has lasted and lasted.

This pumpkin pie recipe has been printed on Libby’s cans since 1950. Few Thanksgiving recipes are as universally beloved and as constantly baked as this one. Year in and year out, Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe has held its own through the decades of shifting culinary trends. It only requires 9 essential ingredients, and the recipe instructions can be boiled down to three easy steps. This recipe has lasted, and we see (and taste!) why.

It’s filled with nostalgia.

Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie is ubiquitous at Thanksgiving meals both present and past. That means everyone has happy memories of this pie, memories wrapped up in thankfulness and togetherness. That’s a big legacy for a little pie. One bite, and we’re transported to childhood, surrounded by family, and savoring the moment—as well as our slice of pie.

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It’s easy to make.

Cooking dinner for a crowd is a daunting task, especially at Thanksgiving. Taking into account all of the traditional dishes, family requests, and getting that big bird on the table in one (fully cooked) piece, it is practically impossible to do it all on your own. Three or four sets of hands, at least, are required. But this recipe takes some Thanksgiving-prep stress off your plate. The pie is easy to make. Once you’ve mastered it, you could probably whip it up in your sleep (or, more likely, in between putting the green bean casserole in the oven and stirring the gravy in the saucepan).

It’s practically foolproof.

It’s really hard to mess up this pie. The recipe is on the back of the filling can for a reason, and that reason is that anyone can master it. If you’re not a seasoned pie baker, maybe try the recipe out once before Thanksgiving rolls around, but don’t worry too much. This pie practically bakes itself. Just follow Libby's instructions.

It has all the best flavors of the season.

This pie just tastes like Thanksgiving, doesn’t it? Close your eyes, take a bite, and you’ll feel the cool air outside. You’ll hear the bustle of family in the kitchen, covertly snacking and ruining their appetites. This pie is warm and comforting, celebratory and joyful. And it’s so seasonal, we can barely contain ourselves. It’s filled with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and, of course, Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin.

It’s easy to personalize.

Don’t get us wrong, this recipe is perfect as is. Follow the recipe, and you’ll have a tasty dessert that everyone at the table will love. However, some savvy home chefs have made the can’s recipe their very own, scribbling onto the label the additions and substitutions that they have honed over many years. (Some even go extra-seasonal and add nutmeg to the mix.) If you want to upgrade your pumpkin pie, this is a great base recipe to work with.

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It’s perfect on its own…or with a few sweet additions.

Libby’s Pumpkin Pie can handle a sweet topper. All it needs is an airy dollop of whipped cream (from the can or from the mixer). However, this pie can also stand up to ice cream and all manner of toppings. We’ve seen a scattering of pecans, walnuts, and even chocolate chips atop this dessert, and Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie can handle them all.

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