The Whoopie Effect

1 Oct

They come in many different shapes, sizes, and flavors.  Yes, we’re talking about the whoopie pie; the latest trend in wedding and event fare.  But do you know how they earned their name?

According to Wikipedia, they are a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition.  Creme, sandwiched between two billowy small-cakes, they were originally referred to as “hucklebucks”.  They were baked by Amish women and placed in farmers’ lunchboxes.  Upon seeing the sweet treat in their lunchbox, the farmers would exclaim, “Whoopie!”

They started to gain in popularity late last year, giving the cupcake a bit of competition on the ever-popular dessert buffet table.   Currently, they are being hailed as the hot new dessert trend of 2011.  Move over cupcake, Whoopie’s coming through!

Williams-Sonoma, Whoopie Pies $49.95

Williams-Sonoma, Whoopie Pie Mix $14

Sweet Potato Whoopies, Sprinkle Bakes

Crate & Barrel, Book $16.95

Credits:  Bon Appetit (feature photo), Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Sprinkle Bakes

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