Lawmakers want whoopie pie as ‘official dessert’

Posted Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:21 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine lawmaker thinks whoopie pies and the quirky, bittersweet beverage Moxie go together.

Rep. Paul Davis of Sangerville has submitted a bill to make the whoopie pie Maine’s official state dessert. No doubt, it could be washed down with Moxie, already Maine’s official soft drink.

Amos Orcutt, a fan of the high-calorie confection, says lawmakers need to act now before Pennsylvania steals Maine’s thunder. He points to an article in The New York Times giving Pennsylvania credit for inventing the dessert, which consists of creamy frosting sandwiched by a pair of chocolate cakes.

Orcutt, president of the University of Maine Foundation, tells MaineToday Media that “God forbid Pennsylvania might steal our heritage.” Whoopie pies are a ubiquitous sight at Maine convenience stores, pastry shops and supermarkets.