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Ralph Melton

Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Mon, 02/14/11 3:30 PM (permalink)
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

    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Mon, 02/14/11 3:42 PM (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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      rebeltruce

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      Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Tue, 02/15/11 7:56 AM (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!!!
       
      #3
        buffetbuster

        Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Tue, 02/15/11 8:07 AM (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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          rebeltruce

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          Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 7:08 AM (permalink)
          Funny stuff!! I honestly have neverheard of a "Gob"......LOL
           
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            leethebard

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            Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 7:22 AM (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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              fishtaco

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              Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 2:41 PM (permalink)
              Not sure where they came from, I just know they are gooood!!!
               
              #7
                Ralph Melton

                Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 5:03 PM (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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                  cementhead

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                  Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 8:02 PM (permalink)
                  My wife likes making whoopie pies but not as often as I would prefer.
                   
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                    Twinwillow

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                    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/16/11 9:33 PM (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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                      steveindurham3

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                      Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 02/17/11 5:05 PM (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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                        amyluvsfood

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                        Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 02/17/11 8:28 PM (permalink)
                        They're gobs in Somerset, northeast of Confluence--anybody further east or north?
                         
                        #12
                          Ralph Melton

                          Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Fri, 02/18/11 11:12 AM (permalink)
                          I've encountered gobs in Johnstown, PA and Franklin, PA.
                           
                          #13
                            Ralph Melton

                            Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Fri, 02/18/11 11:13 AM (permalink)
                            I really like the direction this conversation has taken of identifying "gob" locations. Please keep adding gob citations!
                             
                            #14
                              maddog5150

                              Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/23/11 9:23 PM (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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                                Twinwillow

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                                Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 02/23/11 10:12 PM (permalink)
                                I'll take em either way.
                                 
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                                  ann peeples

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                                  Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 02/24/11 4:08 AM (permalink)
                                  Me, too, twinwillow!!
                                   
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                                    Greymo

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                                    Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 02/24/11 3:41 PM (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!
                                    <message edited by Greymo on Thu, 02/24/11 3:43 PM>
                                     
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                                      jm199

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                                      Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 02/24/11 4:56 PM (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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                                        katmaan

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                                        Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 03/3/11 9:35 AM (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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                                          fishtaco

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                                          Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Tue, 03/15/11 2:54 PM (permalink)
                                          Did some homemade whoopies this weekend. Came out pretty good for the first time.
                                           
                                          #21
                                            buffetbuster

                                            Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Wed, 06/29/11 1:15 PM (permalink)
                                            Another article on Pennsylvania whoopie pies.
                                             
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                                              leethebard

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                                              Re:Whoopie Pie Origin Controversy Thu, 06/30/11 6:39 PM (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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