Saturday, March 5, 2011

Whoopie Pies: Maine or Pennsylvania?

Have to weigh in on the whoopie pie controversy.

Who invented the whoopie pie? Pennsylvania Amish or enterprising Yankee? Who makes the better pie?

It isn't really a pie, you know. It's more like cake. Or a cookie. With frosting in the middle. It's 2 cakes with creamy frosting holding them together.

The standard is chocolate with white frosting, like a big Oreo. Then there are the variations: pumpkin with cream cheese frosting, chocolate with peanut butter, spice whoopie pies, strawberry, mocha, and on and on.

I don't know about Pennsylvania, but here in Maine you find whoopie pies anywhere food is sold. They're piled on the counter at the mom & pop corner store, at the farmer's market, the local bakery; even the big grocery stores sell them.

If you haven't tried one, now's the time. Find your favorite. Try making them: fun project with kids.

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