Tasty Trends: Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are the fad-du-jour in the baking world according to Saveur magazine.  They are the nouveau cupcake, if you will. 

For those of you who haven't been inculcated into the cult of Whoopie (poor you), my prediction is that you will soon be seeing these cakey confections in bakery windows from Brooklyn to Boulder. 

Whoopie pies, according to food anthropologists, were invented by the Pennsylvania Amish and later made wildly popular throughout New England.  When the Amish ladies would bake these treats and include them in their husband's lunchboxes, the hungry hubbies would remark,"whoopie!" at the joyous sight of the black and white cakes in their lunch pails.

Whoopie pies are part cake and part cookie.  While they look like an Oreo with their chocolate sandwich exterior and a gooey white filling, they prove to be far more decadent. Generally the size of a hamburger, whoopie pies practically require a tall glass of milk and an empty belly.  Are you drooling yet? 
What food trends do you anticipate taking hold of our taste buds next?  What will be the next Pinkberry or Sprinkles?

Photos by CakeSpy, Foodess & JustATaste.

1 comment:

  1. I really must get on to baking them! I've never made them from scratch.


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