Monday, May 26, 2008

Travels with Brownie: World of Whoopie Pies

Nothing says Maine like Whoopie Pies. Two cakey cookies (traditionally chocolate) filled with a delicious fluffy white filling. Whoopie pies are readily available in The Pine Tree State, you can even get them at your local gas station. But who makes the best? Isamax Snack, makers of Wicked Whoopies based in Gardiner, Maine has been getting a lot of media attention for their whoopies. This called for a whoopie mission...

Turns out Wicked Whoopies just opened an outpost in Freeport, Maine. So we headed there to check it out. There were more whoopie flavors in one place than I have ever seen in my life! The traditional Whoopie Pie is a Chocolate Cake with a cream filling, but I've had them made with Pumpkin or Oatmeal cake, as well as the traditional chocolate with a peanut butter or mint filling. Creativity wise, Wicked Whoopies takes the whoopie form, place I never thought that they whoopie could go.

Some of the whoopies we saw...

Whoopies on display

A display of Jumbo Whoopies

Jumbo Whoopie--5 pounds of Whoopie Pie Goodness

Chocolate Loves Whoopie Pies

Maple and Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

Mint Whoopie Pies

Strawberry Whoopie Pies

Raspberry 'n' Creme Whoopie Pies

Orange Cream Whoopie Pies

Banana Whoopie Pies

Banana Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Whoop-De-Doo, a chocolate enrobed classic whoopie pie

Lil Whoopie Pies

Whoa. So many choices. We ended up deciding on the Classic (of course), the Red Velvet, the Banana and Peanut Butter and the Whoop-de-Doo.

Overall they were tasty Whoopie Pies, but I have to admit that I wasn't completely blown away.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

The Red Velvet cake was moist, but perhaps too moist, it was actually a little sticky and pieces of it stuck to the wrapper. The cake part was tasty, but didn't taste like a true red velvet to me.

Classic Whoopie Pies

The Classic Whoopie Pie was good, not as moist as the Red Velvet, and that was a good thing. It was a nice balance of cream and cake. However the overall taste and lasting post consumption impression was that it tasted more prepackaged than homemade.

Tray of Whoop-de-dos

As soon as I saw the tray of the Whoop-de-dos, I knew I had to try them. I mean, what isn't made better by being enrobed in chocolate? Biting into the Whoop-de-do--and I can't believe I'm saying this--but I actually found the chocolate outer coating to be distracting from the "whoopie pie" experience. It was like a better version of Little Debbie's Devil Squares. Good, but not what I'm looking for if I want a whoopie pie.

Banana and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie

The Banana and Peanut Butter was an interesting and unique combination. And my favorite of the bunch, but as Lawman pointed out, most variations on Whoopie Pies have one of the ingredients of the Classic Whoopie--chocolate cake with a different filling or vanilla cream filling sandwiched by a different flavored cake. This took the form of the whoopie but lacked either of those anchor ingredients. Can one really call it a whoopie? Or is this just progress? Something to ponder.

Overall, Wicked Whoopies were good, but not the greatest. They had kind of a lingering preservative taste to them. If you want a taste of Maine and live far from the land of whoopies, it's a good option. Meanwhile, my perfect whoopie hunt continues...

Wicked Whoopies
Available online and at:
Isamax Snacks (aka Wicked Whoopies)
32 Main St.
Freeport, Maine 04032

Isamax Snacks (aka Wicked Whoopies)
1 Commonwealth St
Gardiner, ME 04345


sj said...

classic whoopie pie! it looks like..Chocopie in Korea. Korea chocopie contains marshmallow. :)

Becky Quan said...

i've never heard of whoopie pies before! these look good though, i'll have to order some.

Anonymous said...

Your assessment of the Wicked Whoopies was spot on. I had ordered a box about a year ago, and found them to be 'not to good'. They had a very distinct taste of chemicals, and tasted like pre-packaged 'cake' which is not what I was looking for either. The filling tasted like it had lard in it....I prefer butter.

I was so disappointed. Keep up your search, and please let us know when you find one worthy of eating. Whoopee

Anonymous said...

Other than Wicked Whoopies, where can one order some good Whoopie Pies? I would love to know where to get some really good "homemade" ones.

Anonymous said...

I disagree wholeheartedly. I live in Maine and have tried the Wicked Whoopies, and they are fantastic. Very classic, with super-fun flavors.

Anonymous said...

I am originally from Boston and moved to California 6 years ago. We just opened a bakery based around whoopie pies to introduce the west coast to my east coast roots. We can ship nationwide and do not use any perservatives in our products so they are officially "home made" including the use of Marshmallow fluff from Boston. Here is my website
and if you live in Ca come visit us at our bakery West Coast Whoopies & Cupcakes Bakery 1007 Calimesa Blvd Suite H, Calimesa, CA 92320 909-795-8788.

Anonymous said...

Awesome ~ I'm so glad I stumbled upon this blog!! I LIVE in CALIMESA & read the post that there is 1 here right around the corner!! YEAH ~ I must try one!

Unknown said...

Whoopie Pies - If anyone comes to Maine June thru October, come to the York Chamber of Commerce Farmer's Market, next to Stonewall Kitchen. I make dozens of whoopie pies to sell there. I use lots of really good cocoa and the "cake" part is very dense. The filling is creamy without sticking to the wrapper. I think I have it perfected....


Anonymous said...

The best Whoopie Pies in Maine, were made by my grandmother. Sadly she passed away, and took her perfectly made pies with her. We have the recipe, but we just don't have the method down pat like she did. Must be the Virgina air.

I don't care what anyone says, the key to a great Whoopie Pie, is a dense cake that sticks to your fingers. The filling is something my grandmother had down to an art as well. I can't even describe the flavor. It was perfect.

I'm not being biased at all. I've tried a lot of Whoopie Pies, from Maine to Maryland, but none of them could pull everything together perfectly like hers.

Anonymous said...

I have lived in Maine all my life and I have had lots of Whoopie! Isamax makes some of the worst whoopie pies ever. I have never liked them. They are wet, almost slimy and the filling is just shortening with no other flavor. Keep searching for those perfect whoopies!