Kitchen Witch’s Whoopie Pies

Kitchen Witch’s Whoopie Pies

Today is Food Geekery’s One Year Anniversary!  Yep, one year ago today this site came online (though it wasn’t completely live for a couple of months) and over 70 articles later we’re still going strong!  I really want to thank all my readers and twitter followers for being so great as I stumble around the world of food.  I still have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but I’m learning a lot and that’s the most important thing!  When it came to today, I wasn’t going to do anything special to celebrate, but then, what’s this?

A present?

Perishable is a good sign!

A present?

Spookily tasty!!

A present?

I love little notes like this!

A quite perishable present?  For me?  Whatever could it be?  Kitchen Witch, eh?  Hmmm… I’ve got a very good feeling about this!!  Yes!!  Whoopie pies!!!  Perhaps one of my favorite chocolate “cakes” of all time!!  Courtesy of Casey over at Kitchen Witch.

Whoopie!!

Whoooooopie!!

Whoopie!!

Wow... no artificial ingredients!

Now, a lot of you may know Casey as the woman behind the popular Taste Stopping, but it turns out she’s a bit of a baker!  I’ve talked with her quite a bit and these desserts mean a lot to her.  You see, after she had her first child she started looking at baby food (and other labels) and realized that most of them had very troubling ingredients.  She created Kitchen Witch for other mothers (and people with little free time) to be able to buy their families snack foods without any artificial ingredients, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.  The business takes about 15 – 20 hours from her week (about 2 – 3 hours a day go into mixing, baking, packing, etc), but she doesn’t mind as she enjoys knowing that she can produce healthier alternatives to what lines the store shelves.

So… how are they?  In a word: Awesome!  They remind me of eating Devil Dogs as a kid (you may know of the Suzy Q) and I instantly wanted to sit down and eat the whole bag.  Besides the ingredients (will get into that in a second), one big difference is that these are very filling.  It’s tough to eat more than one of ’em, as opposed to being able to eat multiple of the other snack cakes.  They’re very dense and moist and chocolaty and sweet and everything that a good snack cake should be.  I’ve decided that the best way to eat it is to refrigerate it, then bite off the top layer of chocolate cake, leaving an even proportion of cake and cream (I know, I know… I’m 5, I get it).  Honestly, I’ll be ordering more from her in the future (or maybe some of her other products) as they bring me back to the snacks I had as a kid. Yum… don’t these look just awesome??

Whoopie!

Don't try an eat this, it is just a picture... really.

You know you want some… so, go get ’em here: Kitchen Witch on Etsy

Now, the ingredients… this is the most telling difference between these and what you can buy in a supermarket.  Here we go:

Kitchen Witch Whoopie Pie

Unbleached Wheat Flour (Hard Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Brown Sugar, Buttermilk, Milk, Unsalted Butter, Shortening (Expreller Pressed Palm Fruit, Soybean, Canola Seed and Olive Oils), Confectioner’s Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Egg, Baking Soda, Salt, Vanilla

Drake’s Devil Dogs

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening (Contains One or More of: Soybean, Cottonseed, Palm, or Canola Oil), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Corn Syrup, Cocoa, Contains 2% or Less of: Sweet Dairy Whey, Nonfat Milk, Soy Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Soy Protein Isolate, Salt, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Mono and Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Egg Whites, Sodium and Calcium Caseinate, Buttermilk, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Propionate, Sorbic Acid and Potassium Sorbate (To Retain Freshness), Caramel Color.

Hostess Suzy Q’s

Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Contains One or More of: Soybean, Cottonseed or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Dextrose, Corn Syrup, Cocoa, Sweet Dairy Whey. Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Whole Eggs, Modified Corn Starch, Guar Gum, Cellulose Gum, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Cornstarch, Soy Lecithin, Soy Protein Isolate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Sorbic Acid (To Retain Freshness).

If that doesn’t sell you, then nothing will. Not only is there a huge difference in the sheer number of ingredients, but you’ll notice that the whoopie pies lacking in the trans fat area.  I will tell you, since refusing to eat trans and interesterified fats (PDF), it has gotten tough to find snacks that aren’t the usual cookies and such.  Sometimes you just need a cream-filled cake, you know?  Luckily it looks like Kitchen Witch is leading the charge and has fired the first shot in the war against man-made fats in snacks!  Honestly, if you’re a fan of snack cakes and haven’t been eating them due to all the trans fats and other stuff in there, give these a shot… you won’t regret it!


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