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Whoopie Pies

A confection of two small and flat chocolate cakes with cream frosting in the middle.

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"Chocolately keen with creme in between."

  • Apr 19, 2010
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When I was growing up in the 1960's that was the slogan for a yummy snack known as Lucky Cakes.  This marvelous confection was made by the Tip Top Baking Co. and widely distributed here in the Northeast.  Well Tip Top and Lucky Cakes are long gone but the slogan aptly describes a treat known around these parts as Whoopie Pies.  Extremely popular in the state of Maine and in some sections of Massachusetts Whoopie Pies are a sinfully decadent snack cake just chock full of everything that is bad for you.  I was also surprised to learn that Whoopie Pies are also a traditional favorite among the Amish in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  Now if you have the courage to glance at the Nutrition Facts label while indulging in one of these rich and delicious treats you will discover that each 6 oz Whoopie Pie contains a whopping 780 calories.  And to make matters even worse there are 44g of fat, 500 mg of sodium and 66 grams of sugar in each one of these heavenly cakes. Salt, fat and sugar never tasted so good!

My wife and I first discovered Whoopie Pies while vacationing in Maine several years ago.  There are several bakeries around that state producing voluminous amounts of Whoopie Pies.  You can find the in neighborhood grocery stores, supermarkets, gift shops, gas stations and convenience stores.  During the summer months they are also sold at roadside stands and I have even seen them being sold from the trunk of a car!  The original chocolate Whoopie Pie remains the most popular flavor by far and who can argue?  The cake is moist, rich and delicious and the creme filling stuffed in between is positively out of this world.  This is one snack that I consume very slowly to make sure that I savor every morsal.  If you have ever tried a Hostess Suzy-Q you will have some idea of what a chocolate Whoopie Pie might taste like. But trust me....Whoopie Pies blow away the mass produced Hostess treat away! 

These days Whoopie Pies are available in lots of new and interesting flavors.  I have seen orange, chocolate chip, strawberry and pumpkin varieties to name but a few.  Aside from the traditional chocolate flavor my wife and I are partial to a Maple Whoopie Pie produced by Steve's Snacks in Skowhegan, ME.  You can order some online at their website www.stevessnacks.com.  Here in Rhode Island Whoopie Pies can be found in most convenience stores.  We indulge ourselves every once in awhile but eating these on a regular basis could be hazardous to your health.  If you live in a part of the country where Whoopie Pies are unknown or unavailable you can order some online or make some at home yourself.  There are lots of great recipes available on the internet.   They are a taste sensation!     Very highly recommended!

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November 06, 2010
Delicious! Here's my favorite recipe for a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie that's perfect for this time of the year. But, if you've got a hankering for chocolate (it's the only one that Fernando will eat) here's a great Chocolate Whoopie Pie recipe, just in case you can't find them in your local stores! Also, these are a bit healhier than their retail counterparts- the Pumpkin recipe= Calories: 424 | Total Fat: 21.7g | Cholesterol: 24mg calories (there are also recipes for mini ones as well that'll cut those numbers down!) and the Chocolate= Calories: 373 | Total Fat: 18.6g | Cholesterol: 66mg. Thanks for making me drool....now I want to make one!
July 11, 2010
I love these photos! Yum! I've never heard of this before, but it looks fantastic. Great review!
April 26, 2010
Just caught your review in this week's new and notables! Wow, I don't think I've ever had a real whoopie pie before, but your review has me jone-sin' for one! Sounds delicious and great choice of photos. Thanks for sharing, Paul! :)
April 20, 2010
Great post! Whoopies are a great Maine tradition and there is a movement to make whoopies the official Maine state dessert. You should check out the new book coming out in June called "Making Whoopies! The Official Whoopie Pie Book". www.makingwhoopies.net The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is being held in June. You should come up and check it out.
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Quick Tip by . March 26, 2011
Today they made the world's largest whoopie pie (1000 lb) at the South Portland Mall in Maine. Meanwhile, there is a bill in the Maine legislature that would make whoopie pies the "official treat of Maine".
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A whoopie pie (alternatively called a gob, black-and-white, bob, or "BFO" for Big Fat Oreo) is a baked good made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, sometimes pumpkin  cake, with a sweet, creamy frosting sandwiched between them.

While considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish  tradition, they are increasingly sold throughout the United States. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers would find these treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!"

Several variations of whoopie pie cakes have been popular at the Ontelaunee Energy Center during their spring turbine maintenance outages, contributing to employee morale so much that they have been heard loudly proclaiming "Whoopie"!

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