After selling Achatz Family Restaurant (1976-1990) in Armada, MI, the family-owned business began baking pies in their home for friends, family, and farmers’ markets. Soon the reputation of their pies spread, and orders from restaurants and gourmet grocers poured in. In order to keep up with the demand, they purchased a ten acre orchard and converted the barn into a full-fledged bakery. Achatz Handmade Pie Company was officially born!

Achatz Pies predominantly uses locally grown Michigan ingredients, such as unbleached pastry flour, sugar made from Michigan grown beets, fruits, hormone-free milk and butter. They never use canned fruit, only fresh or frozen. All of their pie crusts are made with their own special blend of trans-fat free shortening, and you will never find margarine in their kitchen- just real butter!

REVIEW:

Achatz Handmade Pie Co. allowed me to try their signature Crumb Topped Michigan Four Berry pie for this review. This is their best selling pie and has won many awards. They use locally grown tart cherries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

I was a little apprehensive about trying this pie because I am not a fan of blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. I invited members of my family over to help me review the pie. The very first thing I noticed about the pie was its fresh homemade appearance. The pie looked just liked one of my mothers homemade pies!

To my surprise, the pie taste just as good as it looks- if not better! The pie was loaded with fresh berries and the crust was AMAZING! All four berries were equally distributed throughout the pie, and it had what I dare to say- A PERFECT TASTE! It was just the right sweetness, and it turned this none berry lover into a new fan of the Michigan 4-Berry Pie.

Other members of my family agreed that the pie had an exceptional taste. Even my mother, who is the critic of critics, agreed that this pie was one of the best she has ever had. I don't think we have had ten people in the home so quiet before. The only thing I could hear while they were eating the pie was "Mmmm"! This is one pie you MUST TRY! I give the Michigan 4-Berry pie a 10 out of 10 for taste and value!

BUY IT!

Achatz Handmade Pie Company has 7 locations throughout Metro-Detroit. Their pies are also sold at Whole Foods Market Ann Arbor and Cranbrook locations. In Illinois, you can find their pies at various Whole Food Markets, Sunset Foods, Grand Foods and Treasure Island locations. They are also available in Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. They sell fruit pies, cream pies, traditional favorites, specialty delights, savory foods and party pies. Prices range from $13.65 to $16.95 for their 10" deep dish pies. Most pies weigh 3 lbs.

They also offer a convenient online store.  Achatz pies are baked fresh to order, then quick frozen so it arrives in perfect condition. Online pies range from $35.25-$35.95 and all prices include shipping!

Achatz Pie Company also has fundraising programs. Prices range from $8-$16 and the organization keeps 40%.

Join Achatz Pie Co. on Sunday, Oct. 10th when they feature their apple pies on sale for only $10! They will be sampling an array of all of their Apple products, along with their brother's company "Achatz Soups from Scratch", soups. And, the first 50 customers will receive a free 'Goodie bag".


WIN IT!

Bradley from Achatz Handmade Pie Company has generously offered to give one Bargain Mom follower a coupon code good for one pie from their online store! I'm so jealous!

MANDATORY: YOU MUST BE A BARGAIN MOM FOLLOWER AND VISIT ACHATZ PIES AND TELL ME WHICH MENU ITEM YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
  1. "Like" Achatz Pies on Facebook AND leave a comment on their wall saying you are stopping by from http://www.bargainmom.net/. (2 entries)
  2. Follow Achatz Pies on Twitter (1 entry)
  3. Follow Bargain Mom On Twitter (1 entry)
  4. Subscribe to Bargain Mom's email (1 entry)
  5. Tweet about this giveaway 1x per day include a direct link to this post and @mibargainmom and @achatzpies (1 entry per tweet per day)
You must leave a separate comment for each entry. I will check each entry to make sure they are valid. If your email does not show in your profile, please leave it in a comment.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents

Contest ends Sunday October 31, 2010 at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen on Monday November 1, 2010 by Random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be chosen. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck!


Disclosure: I received the pie at no cost, for review purposes . The products were given to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on my opinions. The opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way. This is my true and honest opinion. Your opinions may vary from mine.

113 comments:

Google Follower...I would have to say either the Toll House Pie or the Peanut Butter Cream Pie. Then again maybe the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl...OMGosh...this is NOT the Giveaway for ME!!! I'm on a diet...eeeeek!
primitivestitches at yahoo dot com

 

I like Achatz on FB and I commented: http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=78721557735&share_id=132740176775264&comments=1#s132740176775264

primitivestitches at yahoo dot com

 

I liked Achatz on FB and commented: http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=78721557735&share_id=132740176775264&comments=1#s132740176775264

ENTRY #2

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Following Achatz pies on Twitter @sweetpennies!

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I follow bargain mom on twitter @sweetpennies!

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I tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/sweetpennies/status/26322274969

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Google follower :)I'm originally from Michigan and never heard of this place. I'd have to go with either Michigan Four Berry or Dutch Apple

 

GFC follower. I want to try the Coconut Cream Pie
ozzykelley1 at yahoo dot com

 

i would love to try the peanut butter cream pie--YUM!! :)

marci
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"Like" Achatz Pies on FB and left a comment :) entry 1

marci
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"Like" Achatz Pies on FB and left a comment :) entry 2

marci
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Wow OMG! They look so yummy! I'd like to try most the cherry lattice or that mini sampler pack which is so adorable. barb g. directorylanesuperstore(AT)gmail.com

 

i also subscribe by email newsletter updates. barb g. I love snacks one of these pies would=12 snacks!

 

I am a follower of your website and I would like to try the Double crust Apple Fruit Pie

 

Daily Tweet: http://twitter.com/sweetpennies/status/26432795580

primitivestitches at yahoo dot com

 

I did my daily tweet @http://twitter.com/#!/Tatiyana2015/status/26487815514

 

I'm a follower and I'd like to try their fruit-topped cheesecake!
jcottey at aol dot com

 

I would loove to try the egg custard pie!

wiredalive at hotmail dot com

 

I follow you GFC..lisa kay.
I would love to try the
Cheesecake
traditional, fruit topped, and seasonal flavors..
very hard decision everything looks Wonderful!!!
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I "Like" Achatz Pies on Facebook AND leave a comment on their wall that you sent me!
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#1

 

I "Like" Achatz Pies on Facebook AND leave a comment on their wall that you sent me!
lmkay630@gmail.com
#2

 

I Follow Achatz Pies on Twitter
@springfling60
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I Follow Bargain Mom On Twitter
@springfling60
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I would love their Cherry Pie. I'm sure it won a National competition for a reason!

 

I follow and I'd love to try their Coconut Cream Pie!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

 

I'd love to try the Peach pie.

couponboss at gmail dot com

...what is Bumbleberry? I've never heard of that, but probably would like it too! lol

 

I'm a follower and I'd love a cherry pie. My kids and I used to go cherry picking every summer at Coon Creek Orchards in Armada. We've now moved to San Diego but nothing beats MI cherries!

 

I follow and would like to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl pie.
traymona[at]aol.com

 

GFC follow and I'd love to try the 'Carmel Apple Pie'.

~Steph
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I follow you on twitter and would love to try the "keylime pie". I can almost taste it!

 

GFC follower and I would
like Chocolate Cream pie!

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I "Like" Achatz Pies on Facebook AND I left a comment on their wall
Debbie Lynn Bellows


http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=78721557735&share_id=105430592858231&comments=1#s105430592858231

 

# 2 I "Like" Achatz Pies on Facebook AND I left a comment on their wall
Debbie Lynn Bellows


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I Follow Achatz Pies on Twitter
@bellows22

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I Follow Bargain Mom On Twitter
@bellows22

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tweeted

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I follow your blog via google friend connect - Niecey

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I would love to try the egg custard cream pie. Drool.

 

I like Achatz Pies on facebook and commented on their wall
Niecey Docherty

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#1

 

I like Achatz Pies on facebook and commented on their wall
Niecey Docherty

nieceyd at gmail.com
#2

 

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/goodieslist/status/28366546314
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I follow on GFC and that cranberry pie is calling to me!

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I liked on Facebook and made a comment
http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=78721557735&share_id=132740176775264&comments=1#!/posted.php?id=78721557735&share_id=140001662713725&comments=1#s140001662713725

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I followed achatzpies on twitter
juliothegato
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I follow bargainmom on twitter
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I visited the "Pies that Fly" page and decided I'd love to try either the Caramel Nut Apple Pie or the Crumb-Topped Michigan 4-Berry (the Cranberry Supreme also sounds delicious but, apparently, it doesn't fly).
I'm craving...
Thanks for the giveaway.
aleq13@gmail.com

 

Natalie J Vandenberghe "Likes" Achatz Handmade Pie Co. on Facebook and pasted your comment on their wall

 

aleq13@gmail.com is already subscribed to the mailing list of Bargain Mom

 

I follow your blog through google friend connect. I would love to try the French Silk
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

 

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/28880234263
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I follow you via GFC and I would love to try the coconut cream pie! Yummo!

Amy Snyder at aesnyder@suddenlink.net

 

I follow you on Twitter (harvest42morrow).

Amy Snyder at aesnyder@suddenlink.net

 

Every day cake in Chocolate Fudge is what I would love to try
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follow blog jelaws5
thanks

 

10/28 daily tweet
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/29001494917
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Here in Illinois, we live a few blocks away from a Whole Foods and on Oct. 10th when this great Achatz Pie sale went on and we bought THREE: the Four Berry, Blueberry and Dutch Apple.

They were all SUBLIME - but our most favorite is the Four Berry - probably the best pie we've ever tasted!

So I can't wait to try it again! Other menu items that tempt are the many Cream Pies, especially the Banana Split and the Black Forest Pie. Both sound irresistible!

jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

 

I LIKE Achatz on Facebook and left your message/link on their Wall.

Jesselyn A

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10/29 daily tweet
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/29101656754
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10/30 daily tweet
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/29195122545
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

 

I liked Achatz pies on facebook and let the specified comment on their wall.

 

I'm a follower via GFC, and I would love to try the pumpkin crumb pie. Thanks!

 

I follow and would love to try the double crust apple thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

 

follow you via gfc as ewhatley

I would have to jump on the Florida Key Lime, although everything on the menu sounds sooo good.

ewhatley at embarqmail dot com

 
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