Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy

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2011/02/14 15:30:54 (permalink)

Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy

Quick summary of this article: folks in the Pennsylvania Dutch area and in Maine both believe that their area is the origin of the whoopie pie. But read the whole article to find out which state accuses the other of "confectionary larceny".
 
http://online.wsj.com/art...76136593240752596.html
 
My own whoopie pie question: where in Pennsylvania do eastern-Pennsylvania whoopie pies turn into western-Pennylvania gobs?
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    buffetbuster
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/14 15:42:07 (permalink)
    Ralph Melton
    My own whoopie pie question: where in Pennsylvania do eastern-Pennsylvania whoopie pies turn into western-Pennylvania gobs?
    I'm guessing halfway around horseshoe curve!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/15 07:56:06 (permalink)
    I'm originally from Central Pa.....lotsa Amish and Mennonites...and I've never heard of a "Gob"...
     
    But I grew up eating Whoppie Pies!!!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/15 08:07:58 (permalink)
    rebeltruce-
    Ralph is right.  When I try to order a whoopie pie around here, they will inevitably say, "Oh, you mean the gob?"
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 07:08:23 (permalink)
    Funny stuff!! I honestly have neverheard of a "Gob"......LOL
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 07:22:36 (permalink)
    Never heard of a Gob,either in my travels to Pa...but whoopie pies are all over eastern Pa...and a treat every trip to Lancaster.....also sold all over Jersey and in most Cracker Barrel restaurants!!!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 14:41:43 (permalink)
    Not sure where they came from, I just know they are gooood!!!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 17:03:30 (permalink)
    I had a dream last night in which I had clear evidence that there was a gap between the whoopie pie zone and the gob zone in which neither was to be found.
     
    I am trying not to be swayed by this dream unless I can remember what that evidence was and confirm it while awake.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 20:02:03 (permalink)
    My wife likes making whoopie pies but not as often as I would prefer.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/16 21:33:41 (permalink)
    I'm sorry, I realize I'm not from Maine but excuse me, shouldn't the state's official dessert be, blueberry pie?
    I've been eating Whoopie Pies here in Dallas in one form or another since 1963.
    Dear friends of mine from Maine living in Dallas now always make blueberry pie for dessert. Not, Whoopi pie!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/17 17:05:53 (permalink)
    They are definitely known as Gobs around Confluence, PA which is near Ohiopyle, PA and Fallingwater.  I had a pumpkin gob in Confluence during the Pumpkin festival a few years back.  Also available as gobs in Garrett County, MD.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/17 20:28:46 (permalink)
    They're gobs in Somerset, northeast of Confluence--anybody further east or north?
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/18 11:12:01 (permalink)
    I've encountered gobs in Johnstown, PA and Franklin, PA.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/18 11:13:43 (permalink)
    I really like the direction this conversation has taken of identifying "gob" locations. Please keep adding gob citations!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/23 21:23:37 (permalink)
    Have you ever noticed the taste difference between PA and ME whoopie pies?  From my experience, the Maine ones have marshmallow mixed into the filling whereas the PA Dutch version is a somehow lightened buttercreme. 
     
    Me no likey the Maine version!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/23 22:12:44 (permalink)
    I'll take em either way.
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    ann peeples
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/24 04:08:46 (permalink)
    Me, too, twinwillow!!
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/24 15:41:56 (permalink)
    After all the posts, I decided to make whoopie pies today...............the oldest  grandchild came home and declared  them "awesome".  They were fun and easy to make.  They charge $1.00 each for them at the grocery bakery so  I saved a  lot of money!
    post edited by Greymo - 2011/02/24 15:43:15
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/02/24 16:56:52 (permalink)
    I was at an Amish wedding this fall and they had Whoopie Pies in the following flavors/varities:
     
    Chocolate
    Vanilla
    Vanilla with Chocoate Chips
    Pumpkin
    Spicecake
    Red Velvet
    Banana
    Teaberry (Just like the gum!)
     
    Needless to say, I had to sample a bite of all of them. I shared with my friends who attended the wedding meal.  My favorite was Spicecake.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/03/03 09:35:08 (permalink)

    I grew up in Lewistown Pa and had a whoopie pie almost everyday with lunch while in high school.
    The best one I ever ate was, however, in Sturbridge, MA several years ago.  Unfortunately that restaurant is no longer in biz.
    I now live in Ohio and can only find them at a Giant Eagle store which is a PA based grocery chain.
    Love em! 

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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/03/15 14:54:12 (permalink)
    Did some homemade whoopies this weekend. Came out pretty good for the first time.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/06/29 13:15:34 (permalink)
    Another article on Pennsylvania whoopie pies.
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    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy 2011/06/30 18:39:34 (permalink)
    We were in Lancaster friday...and this story came up...I believe the Amish we talked to: The Whoopie pie is there's...sorry Maine!!!!
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