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How to Eat a Whoopie Pie: A Public Service

Written by Courteney

Seeing as not a lot of people out there know what a whoopie pie is, we here at Let’s Make Whoopie…Pie thought we would provide a public service in the form of a whoopie pie-eating primer.

Special thanks to one of our wonderful whoopie pie tester and whoopie-pie model, Colin, whoopie pie tester and photographer Victoria, and to our chief baker Becky for the whoopie pie!

How to Eat a Whoopie Pie

In Six Easy Steps

Step 1: Obtain the Whoopie Pie

 

“Wow! A GIANT whoopie pie just appeared in my hand! This is incredible!”

As you can see, the first step to eating a whoopie pie is obtaining one.  As you can see, Becky graciously provided a GIANT-sized whoopie pie that is almost the size of Colin’s hand.  The obtaining step is also an excellent time to admire the whoopie pie.  Note the size, shape, symmetry, colouring, and cookie-to-icing ratio in anticipation of the taste.

Step 2: Take the First Bite of the Whoopie Pie

"OMFG! This is AMAZING!!"

Unfortunately, Colin was so enamoured with his whoopie pie, we didn’t manage to capture the actual first bite.  We do, however, have Colin’s incredible reaction to said first bite.  I think the face says it all: it was so much better than anything he imagined!

Step 3: Savour the First Bite of the Whoopie Pie (Optional)

"Yum! I like this tasty treat!"

As stated in above, this step is optional. If the whoopie pie is full of ridiculous deliciousness, feel free to skip this step and move on to Step 4.

Step 4: Eat the Whoopie Pie

"Stop taking pictures and let me eat! I'm ignoring you now"

At this point, I think Colin just went for it.  Clearly, the man wanted to enjoy his whoopie pie.  I don’t really think this step requires instructions.  The ‘bite, chew (optional but recommended in order to appreciate the flavour of the whoopie pie), swallow, repeat’ is a pretty well-ingrained habit in most people.  Colin kind of looks like he loved the whoopie pie so much he just wants to fill his mouth with the yumminess.  To me, that feels like high praise.  Success!

Step 5: Evaluate the Whoopie Pie

Clearly, Colin approves.

Take a minute to evaluate the taste of the cookie, the icing, and the combination of flavours.  Rate the texture and moist-ness of the cookie.  Pass judgement on the whoopie pie.  As you can see, Colin approves.  Clearly.  With a little bit of crazy-eye.  If he starts whispering about his “Precious”, we might have to stage an intervention.

Step 6: Enjoy the Whoopie Pie

*Nomnomnom*

Just enjoy.

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Do you know the world of Whoopie Pies?

Written by Becky

So as far as I can tell, this is the first blog dedicated solely to Whoopie Pies! The funny thing about that is that I have never even had an authentic Whoopie Pie! Apparently they are a big deal in the Northeastern United States but here on the West Coast of Canada, most people have never heard of them! I started baking them a few years ago and have recently been introducing them to everyone I know! So here is your introduction to them!

Pennsylvania, where they are sometimes referred to as Gobs, and Maine both lay claim to being the original Whoopie Pie makers but the details of the actual origins aren’t clear. One story has Amish schoolchildren (or farmers) yelling “Whoopie!!” when they found the treat in their lunches while another story suggests the makers of the classic marshmallow fluff filling wrote the recipe to increase sales of their product. Still others claim that the treat was thrown out to the crowd during a playing of the hit musical “Makin’ Whoopie”. Regardless, they seem to have originated in the early 1900’s.

So I still haven’t laid out what a Whoopie Pie in fact is! Basically it is two soft cake-like cookies sandwiching a delicious filling. The classic Whoopie Pie has chocolate whoopies around a marshmallow fluff filling. Apparently marshmallow fluff isn’t even sold in the Western States, never mind to the Northern neighbour so I have no idea what this stuff is like! The closest we can get is marshmallow creme but it isn’t clear what the difference is, nor have I even tried the creme! I do have an excellent recipe for homemade marshmallow icing for the top of S’mores cupcakes that I am planning on trying out in some Whoopies.

What makes Whoopie Pies so delicious is not only the combination of cake and frosting (as you can get that with a cupcake) but the ratio. Most cupcakes have WAY too much icing on them and you end up with either mouthfulls of icing with little cake, or too much cake and too little icing in your mouth as you try to eat some of the bottom of the cake to allow for an easier bite. With a Whoopie Pie, the icing is contained (no more icing smears on your face like a cupcake) and is perfectly spread to allow for enough icing with every bite! Plus they are easily transportable! There are several places suggesting that Whoopie Pies will be the next big thing in baking!

That brings me to one of my favourite things about Whoopies: their adaptability. Although the most popular Whoopies are the chocolate & fluff or pumpkin with cream cheese frosting, I love the idea that you can make hundreds of different types of Whoopies and just as many different types of fillings! And the best part would be mixing and matching to make the Whoopie that suits you that day! One of the future posts will be solely dedicated to the running list that I have going!

I am including a couple pictures from my first Whoopie Pies from several years ago for a Christmas party. Although all the food was good, it was the Whoopies that I remember!

The plan for this blog is to post Whoopie Pie related info weekly. This will include pictures, recipes, flavour options, polls and a lot of delicious ideas!

Can you spot the Whoopie Pies? I believe these were chocolate with a peanut butter filling!

Interesting facts about Whoopie Pies:

In 2002 Ben & Jerry’s created

a “Makin’ Whoopie Pie” ice cream flavour… unfortunately it was discontinued long before I discovered the world of Whoopies!

There is an annual Whoopie Pie Festival in Pennsylvania – complete with 20,000 Whoopies in 100 flavours, Whoopie Pie eating contests, and Whoopie Queen!!

Maine is currently trying to make Whoopie Pies the official state treat  (unless the petition based out of Pennsylvania has anything to say about it – I recommend you watch the video! Quite amusing, although it messes with my theory that they are less mess than a cupcake but the guy in the video is a bit messy!) These people are passionate about their Whoopies!

They make great wedding favours!

Oreo Cakesters are almost a mass-production version of a Whoopie Pie… although they are NOT the same as the homemade versions!


Hello world!

Written by Courteney

Welcome to our Whoopie Pie blog!  Keep your eyes peeled for the latest news, recipes, pictures, and random musings!