ELLSWORTH — Come May, Ellsworth residents and passers-through will have more options when it comes to snacking on Maine’s official state treat.
Bangin’ Whoopie, a Bangor-based bakery selling more than 100 flavors of whoopie pies, is coming to the Maine Grind building, said the store’s owner, James Gallagher.
The company will set up shop in an empty first-floor retail space near Flexit Café and Bakery.
“They can grab a whoopie pie from us and grab a coffee from Flexit,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher said he’s responding to customers who have asked him to open a second location and said he’s hoping to capitalize on Ellsworth’s foot traffic.
“We’re excited that Ellsworth has quite a few tourists,” Gallagher said. “A lot of the tourists they come to Maine looking for the coastline, lobster and whoopie pies.”
The store carries more than 100 different types of the Maine state treat, from “Luscious Lemon” (vanilla cake with lemon filling)” to “S’Mores” (Graham Cracker cake with marshmallow filling, drizzled with chocolate).
They also run seasonal flavors, such as “Gingerbread Man” (gingerbread cake with cream cheese filling) or Piña Colada (vanilla cake with Piña Colada filling).
“We have all different sizes — the regular, smalls, minis, gluten-free,” Gallagher said.
Still, the most popular remains “plain Jane,” he said, the traditional chocolate cake with vanilla filling.
“We definitely have a bunch of different flavors you can’t find anywhere else,” Gallagher said.
The company has won numerous awards at the Maine Whoopie Festival, including the Yankee Prize, which is given to the best-tasting pie with a Maine-centric focus. (Bangin’ Whoopie’s molasses with blueberry took the cake.)
Pies will still be made at the bakery in Bangor, Gallagher said.
Can you make a living off of whoopie pies? Some people were skeptical, Gallagher said.
“But we’ve been in business for seven years and we’re proving them all wrong.”