Whoopie pie to become official state ‘treat’

Baker Amy Bouchard holds up a jumbo whoopie pie at her Isamax Snacks factory in Richmond in December 2005. Bouchard cranks out 5,000 to 7,000 of the desserts per day. Whoopie pies will become Maine's official state treat. The whoopie pie is now Maine's official treat. A bill that also makes the blueberry pie Maine's official dessert became law on Wednesday.
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Baker Amy Bouchard holds up a jumbo whoopie pie at her Isamax Snacks factory in Richmond in December 2005. Bouchard cranks out 5,000 to 7,000 of the desserts per day. Whoopie pies will become Maine's official state treat. The whoopie pie is now Maine's official treat. A bill that also makes the blueberry pie Maine's official dessert became law on Wednesday.
Posted April 21, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.
Last modified April 21, 2011, at 2:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Whoopie pies are now Maine’s official state treat.

A bill designating that became law Wednesday after Gov. Paul LePage didn’t sign it. The bill, which drew widespread attention along with criticism, takes effect 90 days after the close of this year’s legislative session.

The original version, to make whoopies the official state dessert, was amended to bestow that honor on blueberry pie made with wild Maine blueberries. It made whoopies the state treat instead.

The bill surfaced as Maine and Pennsylvania each claimed credit as the true home of the chocolate cakes stuffed with white frosting.

LePage’s office says the governor didn’t sign the bill because it’s not a priority. The administration’s focusing on regulatory, pension and tax reform, health care and energy costs.

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