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Best Whoopie Pies in Maine?

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

    1. 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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      1. re: JMF

        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!

        1. re: JMF

          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.

          1. re: irwin

            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.

            1. re: irwin

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

              1. re: The T Man

                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 !!!

          2. 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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            1. re: delong99

              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.

              1. re: delong99

                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.

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: mjg0725

                    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 :)

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

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                    1. re: Ctcomfort

                      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!

                      1. re: brooklynbrownie

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

                    2. European Bakery in Falmouth is a good bet too.

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                      1. re: amyc

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: dfrostnh

                          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. 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?

                          1. 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 : /

                            1. 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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                              1. re: Samuraigod8105

                                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!

                                1. re: jspear

                                  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.

                                2. re: Samuraigod8105

                                  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. 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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                                  1. re: Bunnyfood

                                    TWO FAT CATS cup cakes are the cats ass!

                                    1. re: Bunnyfood

                                      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.

                                    2. 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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                                      1. re: Lorettalru

                                        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.

                                        1. re: Lorettalru

                                          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!

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

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                                            1. re: Delhiwala

                                              every convenience store sells whoopie pies

                                              1. re: Delhiwala

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

                                                1. re: jackattack

                                                  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.

                                              2. 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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                                                1. re: cjscar

                                                  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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                                                  Two Fat Cats
                                                  47 India St, D Portland, ME

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

                                                  1. 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

                                                    1. 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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                                                      1. re: kamac

                                                        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!

                                                      2. 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!

                                                        1. 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.

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

                                                            1. Would you guys say that Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland, Friars' Bakehouse in Bangor, and Labadie's Bakery in Lewiston still make some of the best Whoopie pies in the state as of 2014?

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                                                              1. re: italianices

                                                                I like the homemade whoops, both chocolate and pumpkin, from Lori's Café on Route 3 in Liberty. So if you happen to be at John's Ice Cream next door, be sure to pick one up. Lori dishes up a mean slice of fresh-raspberry pie, too.

                                                                1. re: jackattack

                                                                  Thanks, appreciate the tip. I'm definitely going to be stopping by John's Ice Cream in a few days, so I'll check out Lori's Cafe as well.

                                                                  1. re: italianices

                                                                    If you're a peanut butter fan, highly recommend the Peanut Butter Crunch at John's. It's vanilla ice cream swirled with lots of peanut butter and pieces of chocolate cookie. I've been known to bring a cooler with me and spring for an entire quart of the stuff.

                                                                2. re: italianices

                                                                  My whoop-loving family says that TFC's are excellent

                                                                3. There's a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Topsham called Blueberries that boasts about having excellent homemade whoopie pies. Has anyone tried this place?

                                                                  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...