Making Whoopie

A Whoopie Pie is like a sandwich made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling.  The original and most commonly made Whoopie Pie is chocolate, but cooks like to experiment, and today a variety of flavors have become popular.

Whoopie Pies are a New England phenomenon and some Mainers have even claimed that they were weaned on Whoopie Pies. However, the recipe for Whoopie Pies has its origins with the Amish, and in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to find roadside farm stands offering these desserts. These cake-like Whoopie Pies were considered a special treat in Amish families because they were originally made from leftover batter.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!”

New England’s earliest claim to Whoopie Pie fame is from the Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Massachusetts. They first started selling Whoopie Pies in 1925 with the opening of their bakery. The Labadie’s Bakery remains in the same location today, and in the meanwhile, authentic Whoopie Pies have become iconic of New England.

So, how do you get an authentic New England Whoopie Pie here in the mountains of Colorado? Come on out to The Big Chili Cook-Off in Evergreen on September 11, 2011, where Mainstreet Restaurant will have a vendor booth featuring these spectacular desserts, made in-house at their restaurant with a tried-and-true New England recipe. Or, if you simply can’t wait until September, head on over to Idaho Springs and visit Mainstreet Restaurant yourself. Treat yourself to a little party in your mouth, and you may find yourself yelling, “Whoopie!”