Whoopie Pies and Hucklebucks

shaping Waitsfield Common bread
Naturally leavened bread… The details…
June 18, 2013
resting Waitsfield Common
“Baked and Delivered Fresh Daily”
October 30, 2014
Red Hen Derek eating his Whoopie Pie

What’s in a name?

We got to wondering, why are “Whoopie Pies” called “Whoopie Pies?”

So we went where we go when we want to know some obscure piece of baking trivia.  According to Wikipedia, “Amish women would bake these desserts (known as hucklebucks, or creamy turtles at the time) and put them in farmers’ lunch pails or lunch boxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout ‘Whoopie!’”  Furthermore, “it is thought that the original Whoopie pies may have been made from cake batter leftovers.”  We loved this history as well as the name “hucklebuck”.

As for the history of the whoopie pie at Red Hen, our baker, Derek (that’s him enjoying one of his creations), has a soft spot for whoopie pies. He finally prevailed upon us to let him create one here at the bakery.  He did so, making them with our quality ingredients, so now you can feel good about enjoying the official Maine state treat right here in Vermont.

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We're Baking Again!

Reopening Thursday.

After having to take a brief pause to keep everyone safe, we are getting back to baking. Beginning on Tuesday, January 26th., you will find our bread in stores again.

On this first day back, you won’t see baguettes, but you will find five varieties on the shelves. Over the next four days, our selection will be increasing. By the end of the week, we expect to be back to full baking capacity. Our goal is to open the cafe on Thursday. More updates to follow...

Thank you to everyone for the support over the last few days. You mean the world to us!