Silver Springs, FL — As part of my never-ending search for high-calorie, low nutritional-value snack foods, on a recent road trip I discovered Whoopie Pies. The name, of course, is irresistible — everyone needs a little whoopie in their life, right?
What is a whoopie pie, you ask?
“A whoopie pie is two cake-like cookies with creamy frosting spread between them,” according to Jane Waugh. Jane is something of an expert: Sweet Jane’s Whoopie Pies and Candies, her shop on the edge of the Ocala National Forest in Florida, has sold over 26,000 of the sweet treats since opening in 2008.
Miss Jane learned to bake the delectable dessert 40 years ago in Maine under her mother’s guidance. The recipe for the hamburger-sized pies originated among Pennsylvania’s Amish, but they’ve become a comfort-food staple in the state of Maine.
Chocolate cake with vanilla frosting is the traditional recipe, but Miss Jane bakes a seemingly endless and constantly-changing variety, everything from Pumpkin Cream Cheese to Carrot Cake. Ever the rebel, I tried the German Chocolate version, and loved it. Jane makes everything from scratch — from the frosting, to the cookies for her whoopie cookies, to the ice cream for ice cream whoopie pies. She also sells homemade candies as well as commercial, old-fashioned candy (think Mallo Cups, Mary Janes and Necco Wafers). The shop is located on the grounds of Wilderness RV Park along US 40 on the western edge of Ocala National Forest in Silver Springs.
If you’ll be in Daytona Beach for Bike Week (March 4 – 13, 2011), come on over for a little whoopie. “We get a lot of bikers in,” Miss Jane says. “The tell me they make a whoopie pie stop a part of their ride.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sweet Jane’s Candy Store
2774 NE 102nd Ave Rd
Silver Springs, Florida 34488