Labadie’s Bakery—Lewiston, Maine
To begin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your overwhelming support. We’ve already had readers in Canada, Australia, the UK and inexplicably, we had 5 views in Switzerland in the wee hours of the morning! Wilkomme, my Swiss friends. I hope the humble whoopie pie can enchant you half as much as a chäs-chüechli!
This morning, I took a beautiful drive north to Lewiston, ME to sample the legendary whoopie pie from Labadie’s Bakery. These guys are so good, their website is www.whoopiepies.com. Someone was thinking ahead in 1997, amirite?? Anyway, Labadie’s lays claim to being Maine’s original whoopie pie, and indeed, America’s original whoopie pie. In televised combat with the Amish of Pennsylvania—who also claim ownership over the original WP—Labadie’s was declared winner. Thus, it was with great anticipation that I opened the door to this landmark, located in the ethnic neighborhood of “Little Canada”.
Labadie’s has been around since 1925 and is a no-frills operation. They get right down to business. Dear reader, this is the pie that dreams are made of.
The cake: A slightly crunchy dome, dusted with powdered sugar, gives way to the lightest of chocolate cakes. The edges are crusty and give a lovely contrast in texture to the lightness of both the cake and the filling. (A note: the vanilla whoopie pie pictured above was not sampled. An investigation will be mounted at a later date.)
The creme: a generous filling of creme gives this pie a 1:1:1 ratio of cake to creme to cake. Fluffy and not overly sweet, this classic shortening creme is the perfect partner to this cake.
We award a coveted 4.5/5 Whoops to Labadie’s Bakery!!