March 19, 2009

Whoopie for...well, whoopie cakes/pies/sandwiches/cookies!

The New York Times' food section features a terrific piece on the invasion of the whoopie, a strange combination of cake, cookie, sandwich and pie...and that really depends on how you look at it.

According to some food historians, the whoopie pie originated in Pennsylvania, where they were baked by Amish women and put in farmers’ lunchboxes. Tired from a morning’s work, the farmers purportedly would shout “Whoopie!” if they discovered one of the desserts in their lunch pails. As someone who has yelled out in delight from discovering a sweet treat, I can identify.

I had never heard of whoopie pies until I moved to the Northeast, so as the New York Times mentions, a lot of people haven't heard about this concoction. I suggest you educate yourself and read up on this class dessert/snack that defies all boundaries we set for it - you can't pigeon-hole this thing!

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