Goodbye, Pie in the Sky. United Replacing Cookies in First Class

by Anthony Losanno

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United Air Lines began serving meals in domestic First Class again in June 2021. At that time, it introduced a cookie/pie hybrid dessert known as the “Pie in the Sky.” Eli’s Cheesecake Company of Chicago created the dessert and it’s been served pretty consistently for almost two years. It’s meant to be served warm and when it is (some flight attendants opt out of heating them or serving them altogether), it’s delicious. Now, United is going to replace this with a new selection.

Starting in June, United will serve Chocolate Chunk cookie from Christie’s Cookie. The company is based in Nashville and its White Chocolate Cranberry cookies have been found on United flights mostly as part of pre-arrival snacks. They are rather boring and something that I will pass on when flying United.

Eli's Pie in the Sky

Matthew at Live and Let’s Fly makes a good point in that United could have gone back to serving cookies baked on board, which were always delicious. Instead, in typical United fashion, a cheaper, uninspired option will take to the skies. Luckily, Eli’s sells the Pie in the Sky online (they can be ordered and enjoyed at home). (Photo Credit: Eli’s.)

Anthony’s Take: This is a change I do not like. The Pie in the Sky, while calorie-laden, is delicious when served warm. These new cookies are blah, but I’m sure United got a good deal and we’ll see them for years to come.

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Semsem May 26, 2023 - 10:42 am

This is what friendly United did in economy. Replacing delicious ice cream with a cheap cookie.

Jj May 26, 2023 - 5:44 pm

The pie in the sky was good but not for EVERY flight! Nice to switch it up a little. Would be nice if they changed it monthly. So we don’t have to have the same thing. Or at least offer a choice


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