Tiny Luxury Pies in Jars

All Jarred Up Pies

All Jarred Up Pies

I Paid: $7 to $8 per 8-ounce Mason jar, plus shipping (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 5 stars

Marketing: 5 stars

Adorable as the dickens, and expensive as hell. That's the initial impression of the single-serving pies-in-a-jar sold on Etsy by Los Angeles–based All Jarred Up Pies, Inc.

All Jarred Up does a whole range of Mason jar–packaged desserts including banana bread and cookies, but it's the tiny pies that really beckon. They're so dang ... small. And cute. And intriguingly flavored—who's making grape pies these days, anyway?

The price, as earlier noted, is commensurate with the cute factor. We ordered two pies (each of which would make a hearty dessert for one or a light dessert for two). Total price, with shipping, was $27. Zowie.

For that price, you'd expect these to be the world's best commercial pies. And they're right up there. The pecan pie is one of the best I've tasted: not cloyingly sweet, featuring a beautiful roastiness to the nuts and nice rumlike brown sugar undertones. The grape pie was also excellent, with two types of grapes ("red and black" per the website), a nice crisp pop to the fruit, and a great balance of sweet and spiced. The crust on both was very good: buttery but crisp, substantial but not overpowering the filling.

You'd better really be willing to splurge when you buy these things as a gift, but if you do buy them, rest assured that you splurged well.

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal Heavy Table. He's also the coauthor of a book on Wisconsin's master cheesemakers. Follow CHOW on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.