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Best Whoopie Pies in Maine?

brooklynbrownie Feb 28, 2008 07:29 PM

I'm a huge Whoopie Pie fan. Hopefully we'll be making a trip up to ME in the late spring and whoopie pie hunting is definitely on the itinerary. Who makes the best?

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    Noreaster RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 28, 2008 09:52 PM

    I'd put the ones made at Anania's on Washington Ave. in Portland at the top of my list.

    1. JMF RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 02:47 AM

      Cranberry Island Kitchen makes 'gourmet' whoopie pies that are fantastic. Great cake, amazing and not too sweet filling. Very 'grownup' tasting. Also their crazy clams are fantastic too.

      http://www.slashfood.com/2007/08/28/c...

      http://www.cranberryislandkitchen.com/
      I pulled this from their website.

      * Original (our secret recipe made with organic vanilla
      ) * Peppermint (the edges are rolled in crushed peppermint candy).
      * Cointreau and fresh orange zest.
      * Rum (Myers Dark).
      * Espresso (freshly brewed).
      * Rich Chocolate (for those who can never get enough)
      * Champagne... add a little glamour and fizz to your celebration…try a spoonful of our ripe Maine raspberry sauce on a pretty plate, top with a Champagne filled whoopie pie, and voila--your guests will be wowed!
      * Chambord (raspberry liqueur)

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        brooklynbrownie RE: JMF Feb 29, 2008 04:57 PM

        Oh man! It's been so long since I've had a clam! Makes me happy just thinking of them. Those gourmet whoopies look awesome. I know what I'm sending my best friend for her birthday. I was excited to see that Cranberry Island Kitchen is not actually all the way out on Cranberry Island. They will definitely be on our must visit list. Thanks!

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          irwin RE: JMF Mar 1, 2008 02:07 PM

          Sorry, I disagree with JMF about the woopie pies at Cranberry Island Kitchen.
          They are very very expensive, and just ok.....
          Nina's Store on the corner of Rt 9 and Bucknam Road in Falmouth has the best, and only 99 cents, as compared to Cranberry Island Kitchen for about $5 bucks................ Thats what happens when you get on national TV.

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            Caitlin1296 RE: irwin Jun 15, 2010 07:44 AM

            I have never been to Nina's but I do know Cranberry Island Kitchen just opened a new store in Portland and their whoopies are $1.75 each with more flavors than I have seen at any other place.

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              The T Man RE: irwin Dec 26, 2010 05:32 AM

              I have been by that store 100 times and never stopped in. Thanks for the tip, I will have to try one!

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                irwin RE: The T Man Dec 26, 2010 09:58 AM

                Nina's is the best but they sometimes sell out before the end of the day, so mornings are best.........
                Cranberry Island Kitchen's whoopie pies in my opinion are good but way way too expensive and I believe they need to be refrigerated. I don't need fancy design whoopie pies for $5. I just want the plain looking whoopie pie for a good price and Nina's does it very well !!!

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            delong99 RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 05:35 AM

            Wicked Whoopies are pretty good. They carry them at Hannaford and Rite Aid (not sure where else) I love the oatmeal cream ones, although they don't really qualify as a "real" whoopie pie. If you do get them, check the date sticker and make sure to get the fresher ones. We often ship them direct from WW as gifts.

            http://www.wickedwhoopies.com/

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              brooklynbrownie RE: delong99 Feb 29, 2008 05:04 PM

              My best friend sent me a dozen Wicked Whoopies for Christmas. 6 originals and 6 gingerbreads. I actually liked their gingerbread ones better than the original. I'll have to try the oatmeal cream while I'm in ME.

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                jackattack RE: delong99 Jun 25, 2009 11:32 AM

                Wicked's are average. LaBadies are much better (whoopiepies.com)

                I don't like the way that Wicked lists the nutrition as 25 grams of fat and 2.5 grams of trans fat, then you read further and it says each whoopie pie has TWO servings in it. So double that listed fat. Deceptive practice in my opinion.

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                harpoonipa1967 RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 06:10 AM

                I would have to go with Wicked also. Love the ones with rassberry jelly in the cream

                1. mjg0725 RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 12:32 PM

                  I found that Wicked Whoopies leave a lingering Crisco film inside my mouth after swallowing them. Not pleasant at all IMHO. I could not tell you where to get the best whoopie pies in Maine, but I hope and bet that these are not even close to the best. Especially when they are so mass produced they made it into the Hannafords and Market Baskets down here in MA. Trust me, as accessible as they are now, I was hoping they'd be great.

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                    zeph74 RE: mjg0725 Mar 9, 2008 08:58 PM

                    I have to agree with the Crisco film comment about Wicked Whoopies.

                    I tried the original a couple weeks ago, and it reminded me of a hostess cupcake.

                    Last night I tried the Oatmeal, since I used to love the Little Debbie oatmeal&creme sandwiches as a kid. Again it was a bit sickly sweet, with the crisco mouth-feel.

                    Overall I'd say my aunt Lana makes the best Whoopie Pies in Maine. I may be able to arrange something if the price is right :)

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                    Ctcomfort RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 01:18 PM

                    Hands down Labadies Bakery Lewiston. Go to http://www.labadiesbakery.com- you will never have better

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                      brooklynbrownie RE: Ctcomfort Feb 29, 2008 05:53 PM

                      I've always wanted to try Labadies! I've gone a couple times and they've been closed. I'll definitely try to hit them, too!

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                        Ctcomfort RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 3, 2008 05:06 AM

                        If you can't get theyaaaa then order online- delivered individually wrapped and freeze extremely well!

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                          brooklynbrownie RE: Ctcomfort Mar 3, 2008 05:00 PM

                          Sweeeeeet! Thanks for the tip.

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                      amyc RE: brooklynbrownie Feb 29, 2008 01:52 PM

                      European Bakery in Falmouth is a good bet too.

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                        brooklynbrownie RE: amyc Feb 29, 2008 05:54 PM

                        My parents love the European Bakery, but I've never been myself. I had no idea that they made good whoopies. Thanks!

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                        dfrostnh RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 1, 2008 01:37 PM

                        sounds like some new whoopies to search out on our next trip to Maine but in the meantime my husband and son enjoy Steve's Whoopie pies, esp the chocolate ones filled with a peanut butter filling. They are available around Concord NH in convenience stores. Best price is the Colonial Villager in Contoocook NH.
                        BTW according to the package one whoopie pie is TWO servings!!!

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                          PrincessBakesALot RE: dfrostnh Mar 3, 2008 06:27 PM

                          Market Basket has Steve's and Wicked Whoopies. I didn't love the "wicked", can't wait to try Steve's. They had a maple one that looked so good.

                        2. Passadumkeg RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 3, 2008 05:22 PM

                          Just an aside. The whoopie pie, I have read, is Pennsylvania Dutch and was brought to Maine by troops during/after the civil war. Perhaps Joshua Chamberlain had a sweet tooth. Or is it tihs marshmellow fluff stuff?

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                            MrRamen RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 3, 2008 06:10 PM

                            i would have to say my favorite whoopie pie in Maine would have to be at Moody's Dinner, they are a great size and the filling is really good as well, i havent had one in a while but i believe that they have a variety of fillings. Its also a good restaurant to go to eat at, but they have like go away from cooking a lot of food on their own : /

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                              Samuraigod8105 RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 5, 2008 08:53 AM

                              The best whoopie pies in Maine I have had is a little bakery by the name of Nana"s Kitchen in york Maine. You find them in the weirdest places like york house of pizza and other small like eateries in southern Maine!

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                                jspear RE: Samuraigod8105 Mar 5, 2008 09:27 AM

                                The best in maine were made by my father's nanny hazel, i still have the recipe as well as a pumpkin one that is equally fantastic. Make your own and you will not be disappointed!

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                                  cakewhole RE: jspear Jul 6, 2010 08:08 PM

                                  Two years later, here, but is there any chance you'd be willing to share the recipes? Made my first Whoopies at home last month- not bad, but would be interested in trying other (well-regarded) recipes. Many thanks.

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                                  charshiu RE: Samuraigod8105 May 19, 2009 10:45 PM

                                  Sadly, Alice Humphrey of Nana's Kitchen passed away in 2007. Her obituary said the family will carry on the business but I couldn't locate it.

                                3. Bunnyfood RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 5, 2008 10:11 AM

                                  Hands down- TWO FAT CATS- just the right size(big but not excessive), excellent, rich filling- almost like an Italian buttercream. And no crazy flavors(yeah, I'm a traditionalist)...

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                                    Ctcomfort RE: Bunnyfood Mar 7, 2008 07:37 AM

                                    TWO FAT CATS cup cakes are the cats ass!

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                                      the_MU RE: Bunnyfood Mar 10, 2008 05:51 AM

                                      Have to concur -- they don't use Crisco -- it's clearly a butter-based filling. Makes it somewhat less stable than the shortening "cream" but oh so much better.

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                                      Lorettalru RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 7, 2008 12:34 PM

                                      You must travel North to get the BEST whoopie pie. You will find it in good ole Bangor Maine in a little shop run by two friendly friars downtown....called Friars Bakeshop. They are, without question....the best. It is only open Wed-Sat for breakfast and lunch. They also travel to help in Haiti often so you may want to check first. They also have, hands down, the BEST sandwiches you will find anywhere.

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                                        Passadumkeg RE: Lorettalru Mar 7, 2008 01:04 PM

                                        You are soooooo right! The Friars got their Whoopie together. Superlative settled in my opinion. CHers check out the humble friars in Country Breads of the World, Linda Collister &...,The Lyons Press. Talk about ecumenism, The Friars Bakeshop, almost next door, Bagel Central and around the corner, the Pakistani restaurant, whose name slips../, run by the local mullah, might just be among the 3 best chowhound (not foodie) destinations in downtown Bangor. Lorettalru, thanks for settling the holy whoopie question for this humble soul.

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                                          brooklynbrownie RE: Lorettalru Mar 7, 2008 07:43 PM

                                          Wow! What a great find! I just looked them up and discovered that they also make a mean Hot Crossed Bun. http://bangornews.com/news/t/business... Yum. We won't be able to get up there before Easter this year, but we'll have to make the special trip later this spring for Whoopies. Thanks for the tip!

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                                          emilief RE: brooklynbrownie May 20, 2009 10:01 AM

                                          I have read about a small bakery in Five Islands Maine called Main Sweets that makes whoopie pies and the famous traditional Needhams (chocolate covered coconut candy).Has anyone tried their whoppie pies?? I am thinking of making the trip if it is worthit.

                                          1. Delhiwala RE: brooklynbrownie May 20, 2009 12:56 PM

                                            Does anyone know where to find great Whoopie Pies in the Augusta area?

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                                              irwin RE: Delhiwala Jun 23, 2009 05:27 AM

                                              every convenience store sells whoopie pies

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                                                jackattack RE: Delhiwala Jun 25, 2009 11:30 AM

                                                Rebecca's Place, just outside of Augusta on Route 17. Great whoopie pies, cream horns and raspberry-cream-turnovers.
                                                (Good chowder and seafood, too!)

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                                                  MangiaMuse RE: jackattack Oct 14, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                  It is hard to find anything GREAT in the Augusta area. Most good food places go out of business. Does Slates make them? A-1 Diner? That would be the only hope.

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                                                cjscar RE: brooklynbrownie Jun 25, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                In southern Maine...in Oquinquit.....a bakery called "Bread and Roses.....great pies, no aftertaste like in "Wicked" and most others....great filling that does not shoot out the other side when you bite into them and great solid devils food to boot, not dry and not soggy like most others. If I cant get north....try the ones that "Trader Joes" sells. They are a surprise....quite good and much better than "Wicked"

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                                                  candicekat RE: cjscar Jun 15, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                  The best whoopie pies are in Portland at Two Fat Cats. We were there this past weekend - went for a snack, we finished the pie before we we returned to our car - fresh, wonderful!!!

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                                                  montanalrc RE: brooklynbrownie Jun 16, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                  Whoopie pies to stand in line for...Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in Freeport, Maine...turn at the Indian and hit the water!

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                                                    bjs1964 RE: brooklynbrownie Jul 14, 2010 02:48 PM

                                                    The whoopie pies at Grammy's Country Inn near Houlton are amazing!

                                                    1687 Bangor Road
                                                    Linneus, ME 04730
                                                    (207) 532-7808

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                                                    Grammy's Country Inn
                                                    1687 Bangor Rd, Linneus, ME 04730

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                                                      kamac RE: brooklynbrownie Jul 19, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                      Don't really know about the best, but the worst are Wicked Whoopies. Cloyingly sweet with a nasty lingerinfg aftertaste, and did you ever read the ingredients label?
                                                      It reads like a catalogue from Dow Chemical!

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                                                        jackattack RE: kamac Oct 14, 2010 05:46 PM

                                                        Agreed. Too bad Oprah made them famous, they are now giving good old-fashioned Maine Whoopie pies a bad name nationwide. People all over the country are saying "I don't see what the big deal is about whoopie pies, they're not that tasty and they're WAY too sweet" .

                                                        And what's with the 50 grams of fat per whoopie pie? WHOA!

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                                                        MainePinecone RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 19, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                        The best whoopie pies ever were the ones from a recipe my mom used 50 years ago to make dessert for school lunch boxes. If you're lucky, someone in your family has a recipe you can use. Work with it and in time, the result can be YOUR best whoopie pie!

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                                                          cjscar RE: brooklynbrownie Mar 20, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                          Whoopie Pies.....if you hit Maine make sure you visit Ogunquit....right in the square is a bakery called "Bread and Roses" 90% of the time (I guess it depends on who makes em) you will think you died and went to heaven...Great filling, just thick enough so it does not squish out the other side when you bite into it and, superb devils food. I am a self confessed nut for wpies and where ever I go I seek them out, so far for 20yrs this place wins the blue ribbon. I live in MA by the way so it takes me over an hour each way to get them.

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                                                            skaback RE: brooklynbrownie Nov 22, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                            The best whoopie pies in Maine are at Jamo's in Greenville, on the shores of Moosehead Lake.

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