AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker thinks whoopie pies and the quirky, bittersweet beverage Moxie go together.

Rep. Paul Davis of Sangerville has submitted a bill to make the whoopie pie Maine’s official state dessert. No doubt, it could be washed down with Moxie, already Maine’s official soft drink.

Amos Orcutt, a fan of the high-calorie confection, says lawmakers need to act now before Pennsylvania steals Maine’s thunder. He points to a New York Times article giving Pennsylvania credit for inventing the dessert, which consists of creamy frosting sandwiched by a pair of chocolate cakes.

Orcutt, president of the University of Maine Foundation, tells Maine Today Media that “God forbid Pennsylvania might steal our heritage.” Whoopie pies are a ubiquitous sight at Maine convenience stores, pastry shops and supermarkets.


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