Gourmet Whoopie Pies

Sweet Nostalgia

Flashback: Do you remember the taste of a whoopie pie? The sweet vanilla-cream filling sandwiched between two mounds of chocolate cake? Rushing to finish a whoopie pie before recess ended is a childhood memory too delicious to forget.

Flash forward: Alan Mons and Julie Ganong have put a fresh spin on this homespun favorite, which some say got its name because farmers would shout, “whoopie!” when they saw the mini cakes at the
bottom of their lunch sacks. Both Alan and Julie remember savoring whoopie pies as children, and they didn’t take their attempt to create a modern-day whoopie pie lightly. The husband and wife team traveled to France and beyond in search of the best chocolate. When they returned to the U.S., they opened the Chococoa Bakery and Cafe in Newburyport, Mass., where they debuted their refined whoopie pie, dubbed The Whoopie.

What’s most different about The Whoopie is its size. Alan, a culinary school graduate, shrank it to 2 inches in diameter. And, wow, look what he did with the filling. Along with traditional vanilla cream, there’s raspberry, espresso, chocolate ganache, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin with ginger. Chococoa’s pies are available in packages of 12, and you can freeze them for up to three months. They’re a perfect size for stacking at kids’ birthday parties, and we’ve even heard of couples serving The Whoopie as a fun alternative to traditional wedding cake. We thank Grommet friends Jivonne Alley and Noel Ochtmann who told us about this delicious find — it’s a trip down memory lane with mouthwatering appeal. All we can say is, “whoopie!”
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Julie

    Hi Everyone. Growing up in Maine, I loved eating the whoopie pies made by my grandmother and the other moms. I know that I'm not alone. Many people, especially New Englanders, have fond childhood memories of this sweet piece of Americana. Alan and I have reinvented the traditional whoopie pie to please a more sophisticated adult palate but is still enjoyed by kids of all ages. We know that you want chocolate that's decadent and fillings that are rich and flavorful and a little healthy is always nice-with organic butter, all natural ingredients and no preservatives. That's what "The Whoopie" is all about! We hope that you will give them a taste today. I am here to answer any questions you have.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/1/2010 12:00 PM

    These look divine! Thank you Julie and Alan.

    The assortment details can also be found in the "Grommet Details" tab below the story but I wanted to pull them here as well:

    Newburyporter: 3 each of Chocolate/Vanilla cream, Chocolate/Raspberry cream, Chocolate/Espresso cream, Pumpkin/Ginger cream cheese

    Chocolate Lovers: 3 each of Chocolate/Vanilla cream, Chocolate/Raspberry cream, Chocolate/Espresso, Chocolate/Peppermint

    Classic: 12 Chocolate w/ Vanilla cream

  • Jivonne
    2/1/2010 12:05 PM

    love, love, LOVE chococoa!

    they’re all-natural...they’re delicious with just the right amount of sweetness...and they’re the perfectly flexible treat. i try to keep a few packages in my freezer available for last-minute gifts. great for birthdays, new parents, valentines!, teachers, or a host present for something different than the traditional bottle of wine. better yet bring a bottle AND the Whoopie, since they are delicious paired with a red wine, port or a fruit lambic (Belgium beer…highly recommend blackcurrant paired with the classic whoopie).

    try them…you will not be disappointed, but you DO risk becoming addicted!

  • Kathy
    2/1/2010 1:09 PM

    I was just about to purchase to send to my son away at college but $14.95 for shipping for a $19.95 item. Doesn't make alot of sense to me.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    2/1/2010 1:14 PM

    These are so scrumptious! The day after we first reviewed them, my 10 year old came running off the school bus yelling "WHERE ARE THOSE WHOOPIES??!!" Great Valentine's gift and good price too.

  • Deborah
    2/1/2010 1:15 PM

    These are amazing. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but love the deep, rich, creamy flavors of these. A 13-year old I know insisted on a tower of whoopies for her birthday cake. Yummmy! They'd make a great Valentines gift for a kid, teacher, hubby, or yourself.

  • Julie
    2/1/2010 1:18 PM

    shipping is a challenge-as they are a fresh product we need to place in special packaging and ship within two days to you-but they are worth it. We have had no issues in the shipping-hope that helps

  • joanne
    2/1/2010 1:25 PM

    @Kathy - I know the shipping is really, really expensive. We also paused on this subject. Here's why the the Whoopies are so expensive to ship. To keep the cream filling stable and for these to arrive in perfect condition they need to be shipped in a packaging system - chilled and insulated. We are passing on our actual costs, fyi.

  • Carol
    2/1/2010 1:34 PM

    I too was just about to order for Valentine's gifts to a few people, but shipping makes this cost prohibitive. I understand the need not to delay shipping, but more research on shipping containers and costs are needed to make these fly out the door. I would expect to pay up to $6.00 for shipping... I can drive to Newburyport from the Cape for less money. I hope to order them in the future.

  • Kitchen Monki Dan
    Kitchen Monki Dan
    2/1/2010 1:46 PM

    They look delicious... look similar to macarons. Would love the recipe!

  • Diana
    2/1/2010 2:05 PM

    Oh my gosh! I love whoopie pies! When we were kids, my grandmother would take my sisters and me on an outing to Nantasket Beach and Paragon Park. She always brought along a large tin filled with whoopie pies which we ate all day long. I'm so glad whoopie pies still live!

  • Ruthie
    2/1/2010 2:06 PM

    Delish Whoopies, with natural ingredients, yum, yum.

    They also have other fabulous pastries and the BEST Latte in Newburyport.

  • Deborah
    2/1/2010 2:31 PM

    Hmmm...the shipping does seem high, but the pies seem very reasonably priced. I know one specialty online retailer carries their version of whoopie pies and charges $49 for a dozen and $11 shipping. I guess the best value is to buy 2 dozen from Daily Grommet.

  • Aaron
    2/1/2010 2:38 PM

    Julie and Alan also baked 250 whoopie pies for our wedding. They were a instant hit.

  • Julie
    2/1/2010 3:08 PM

    Carol from the Cape and everyone else is invited to visit our beautiful city of Newburyport, MA and stop by at Chococoa Baking Cafe, located at 38 Washington Street, Newburyport(next to Joseph's Winter Street Cafe. We are open daily 7:00-am to 3:00pm (usually later) and weekends 8:00-3:00, Closed Mondays-please let us know that you heard this on the Grommet-you will receive a special treat!

  • Julie
    2/1/2010 3:15 PM

    Though we understand why you may want the receipe - this is our secret receipe. But I can tell you that we had a lot of fun researching the perfect balance of chocolate for the receipe! Never realized the chemistry of chocolate. We had the opportunity at a Fancy Food Show to taste chocolate from different altitudes in the same country even that made a difference! It was important to us to have a rich chocolate flavor. Yum! Give them a try

  • Jeff Tyner
    Jeff Tyner
    2/1/2010 3:45 PM

    This is the best whoopie ever. The perfect size and gourmet taste.

  • p
    2/1/2010 4:43 PM

    A friend's daughter's high school soccer team was consistent - they consistently lost! So to boost morale, he showed up unexpectedly on the field one rainy afternoon and surprised the whole team with a bunch of whoopie pies. They won the game! Honest!!!

  • Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart
    2/1/2010 5:15 PM

    I have been serving The Whoopie at all of my recent feng shui workshops and my students love them! They are moist, decadent, delicious and the perfect size for snacking, without the guilt. The cafe is worth a trip to Newburyport to sample The Whoopie with the excellent hot chocolate. Julie & Alan are a delight to meet.

  • Julia
    2/1/2010 5:42 PM

    a tower of whoopees for a birthday cake? - that child must be a genius! - why not a tower of whoopees for a wedding cake? - looks like aaron served them at a wedding already - if people can have towers of those disgusting krispy kreme donuts, i want a tower of wholesome, handmade whoopee pies! - yum-o! - i would be interested to know the source of the chocolate used in making these since i have done some work with fair trade chocolate coming out of ecuador

  • Julia
    2/1/2010 5:45 PM

    make that *whoopie* as opposed to *whoopee* :-)

  • Jeff
    2/1/2010 8:53 PM

    These are the best. Well worth it whether you get them on-line or at the bakery.

  • Mike Vail
    Mike Vail
    2/1/2010 9:35 PM

    I have tasted, ok devoured, these whoopies in both frozen (due to lack of patience) and thawed form and they are delicious either way. Whoopie samples in local stores don't stand a chance. These whoopies use fresh and local ingredients and it makes a difference. Not sure I will try them with a raspberry lambic beer but trust me they seem to go well with any beer.

  • Grace
    2/1/2010 9:38 PM

    These are my all-time favorite dessert!! Delicious!!!

  • Tessa Ftorek
    Tessa Ftorek
    2/1/2010 9:49 PM

    These are the best whoopie pies in the universe and being a gal from downeast Maine I have sampled many! We always take our kids Chococoa Whoopie Pies when we visit them in Alaska and California. It's just difficult not to eat them all on the journey....They are great with a cup of tea, glass of cold milk or a nice chardonnay.

  • Esther Sayer
    Esther Sayer
    2/1/2010 10:08 PM

    Yay! I mean Woopie!!! yes they are great too great! Congrats Alan and Julie-The Grommet Award !

  • Julie
    Julie – Special Guest
    2/1/2010 10:18 PM

    We have done a couple of styles of tower wedding cakes. IT can work with small and large weddings. Our experience is using a tiered tray is the easiest for the guests-just piling all the whoopies together may not be stable for your guests all trying to reach for them. One couple actually placed a small cake at the top of the tier and then tiered The Whoopie in various flavors below on separate tiers. They cut the cake and devoured The Whoopies! Other couples ahve just fed The Whoopie to each other. Here's a money-saving tip for the brides-in our experience caterers have not charge a serving or cutting fee as you would a cake!

  • Julie
    Julie – Special Guest
    2/1/2010 10:18 PM

    Our chocolate sources needed to be kept close to our chest...but if you know your chocolate you might have fun trying to determine what kind-and if not you can just keep trying The Whoopie!

  • Julie
    Julie – Special Guest
    2/1/2010 10:19 PM

    We say that The Whoopie is a twist on the classic whoopie pie-here's a twist-because the chocolate is a dessert-quality-The Whoopie can be served with a red or dessert wine or even a raspberry lambic beer. What a fun pairing for Valentine's Day and delicious for a fun dessert course-add some fresh berries and impress your friends! Easy!

  • Katie
    2/2/2010 8:50 AM

    Perfect husband gift for upcoming Valentines Day. There could be a double meaning in the cookie's name...wink wink.

  • Vickie
    2/2/2010 9:08 AM

    Julie-I love them all.....looking so forward to purchasing many!!!

  • Sonja
    2/2/2010 9:40 AM

    The Whoopies are delicious! We have them stashed in the freezer and the kids grab them for a dessert after dinner. Our son has severe peanut and tree nut allergies, but the Whoopies are perfectly safe for him! Thanks Julie and Alan.

  • Cathy  Connor
    Cathy Connor
    2/2/2010 12:01 PM

    These whoopie pies are great quality and delicious. I thought pumpkin was my favorite, but just tried the new chocolate raspberry cream, so yummy!

  • Larry Andrews
    Larry Andrews
    2/2/2010 12:57 PM

    I am a snob on Whoopies Pies with childhood memories from my Nanna from Maine making them when we visited from the flatland of Mass. Chococoa Baking Company pies are absolutely the best. They have their own following and in a recently charity auction they were an overbid item. We bought them for my son's graduation parties....over 100+ and they were gone in no time. There is nothing better to buy for Valentines Day than whoopies pies. :) Hoping my wife reads this!

  • Julie
    2/2/2010 6:12 PM

    Hello All you Whoopie pie lovers-it is fun to read the stories how many different ways people of all ages are enjoying them! The blogger, Mike who thought they would be great with just a beer points they work for any occassion-you can dress them up for weddings or a casual night at home. We appreciate hearing the stories. Seriously the raspberry lambic, which is a belgium beer with effervesant is amazing pairing with The Whoopie! On our first tasting, we sold Joppa Fine Foods, of Newburyport out of their Raspberry Lambic beer!

    Thank you

  • Fred Cole
    Fred Cole
    2/2/2010 7:54 PM

    I ordered 100 Whoopies from Julie & Alan (which they custom packaged for me) to give to tenants & vendors. What a hit! One person, who ate a Whoopie as soon as I gave it to him said, "Just one"? So appreciated I'll most likely double my order next year.

  • Jivonne
    2/3/2010 10:30 AM

    great texture, great taste, great size and the most delicious flavors!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    2/4/2010 11:18 AM

    Here's an update on shipping charges. Chococoa has decided to offer reduced shipping on Daily Grommet orders. Shipping for an assorted dozen is now $8.95.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    2/5/2010 10:01 AM

    We're noticing lot of orders being shipped to colleges. The Whoopies are a wonderful Valentine idea for students living away from home.

  • Ann Essensa
    Ann Essensa
    2/5/2010 2:21 PM

    We ordered the Whoopies for my daughter's art show opening - they were a smash hit! Gone within seconds! They are the best!

    Ann & Dave

  • Pamela DeBor
    Pamela DeBor
    5/24/2010 2:57 PM

    Here in Pennsylvania we call them Gobs. I make them for every holiday and event that I am asked to do them for.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/25/2010 11:03 AM

    @Pamela - Gobs - that's a fun name, I bet they are a hit!!

  • Shelley (Telatnik) Kelley
    Shelley (Telatnik) Kelley
    6/7/2010 5:09 AM

    GLOBS - I can't believe I've seen them at this time. My mother used to make Globs for us in the '70s. My mother (a great cook) passed away on 3/19/2010. At that time, I received a sympathy card from my long time boyfriend of the time. I hadn't heard from him in over 10 years, but he made sure to put those in the memories he had of my mother. What great times!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/7/2010 9:00 AM

    @Shelley - what a wonderful coincidence for you to come here and find the treat that your mother baked for you so long ago! It must have made quite an impression on your friend.

  • Lona Henderson
    Lona Henderson
    6/7/2010 1:53 PM

    Yumm Whoopie Pies. Born and raised in Maine as well, these were always a welcome treat! Especially during harvest.Buy them when I go home to visit and ship em back Fed.Ex :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/7/2010 2:34 PM

    @Lona - what a great story, thanks for sharing! You'll have to try Chococoa Baking's take on the Whoopie Pie and let us know how it compares!

  • Julie Ganong
    Julie Ganong
    2/1/2011 7:38 PM

    Hello Grommet Fans! It is our one year anniversary of becoming a Grommet! What a difference the Grommet folks & fans have made for us at Chococoa. We thank you, appreciate the kind words and of course, all those orders! We are working on adding new flavors this year and will keep you posted. But in the meantime -they make great Super Bowl Party treats -as kids of all ages will enjoy them...and remember-it's Valentine's-everyone loves decadent chocolate! Order today. Yum! Thank you

  • RoseMarie  Dunlap
    RoseMarie Dunlap
    6/23/2011 12:42 PM

    I grew up eating Whoopie Pies - I still have my mother's home-made recipe and my daughter and I make them just before Christmas every year. I grew up in Pennsylvania and this really brings back memories. We give them as gifts to friends and family and never, ever, share the homemade recipe!!! Thanks for the memories.

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