Monday, April 9, 2007

April 8, 2007: Whoopie Pie

What's a Whoopie Pie? Well, according to, "Whoopie pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. They're one of Maine's best known and most loved comfort foods. Mainers will even claim that they were weaned on whoopie pies. In Maine, these treats are more like a cake than a pie or a cookie, as they are very generously sized (about hamburger size). they're so hug that you'll want to share one with a friend. A big glass of milk is almost mandatory when eating a whoopie pie.

"A whoopie pie is like a sandwich, but made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling. Traditional whoopies pies are made with vegetable shortening, not butter. The original and most commonly made whoopie pie is chocolate. These cake-like whoopie pies were considered a special treat because they were originally made from leftover batter. According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout 'Whoopie!'"

Though they're not much alike in flavor or texture, I think one could say that Whoopie Pies are the Moon Pie of the north.

Whatever you call it, I ate one. And I ate the whole thing! It was good. ;-)

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