By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Apparently, legislators in Maine have just as much time on their hands as ours here in Massachusetts.

The word out of Augusta is they are moving fast to pass a bill naming the Whoopie Pie the official state treat, apparently driven in part by Pennsylvania, which is also staking a claim of being the birthplace of the Whoopie Pie.

How dare they? Go, Maine.

Nothing tops off a meal of lobster roll and Pemaquid Ale better than a freshly-baked Whoopie Pie.

But all this pie talk is not only making me hungry, it’s making me wonder – where is OUR state treat?

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

We’ve had an official state muffin for 25 years, the corn muffin, an official dessert since 1996, Boston cream pie (thanks to the kids at Norton High School).

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We have an official donut, the Boston Cream, and an official cookie, chocolate chip, which were of course invented in Whitman.

Any one of those is a treat, especially since they’re all completely forbidden in most diets. But come on, if Maine can have an official state treat, so can we. And there is no shortage of locally created products to choose from.

NECCO wafers, of course, have been made here for more than 150 years, and I don’t doubt that a roll of them can keep for that long.

What’s a movie without Junior Mints, first made in Cambridge and still manufactured there.

Some of my best childhood memories involve Sky Bars, the first four-flavor chocolate bar. Can you name all four?

Then there’s salt water taffy, and how about the pride of Lynn, Marshmallow Fluff, not just a tasty treat but a durable one, having survived an attempt to suppress it by the nutrition police a few years ago.

And don’t get me started on the late, deeply lamented glazed cruller.

Beacon Hill, put down your coffee rolls and get going on this, stat.

And by the way, the four fillings in a Sky Bar are fudge, caramel, peanut and vanilla nougat.

Mmmm…. nougat.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (7)
  1. DAN MOREAU says:

    fluff.. been around since i was a kid ..still going strong.. 2miles from my house …..GO FLUFF

  2. Stephen Stein says:

    You mentioned the state cookie (Toll House chocolate chip), but you didn’t mention the state FRUIT cookie – Fig Newton, of course, named for the town and not the scientist, as you would know from the Big Bang Theory (TV show, not the theory).

  3. susan says:

    The skybar is my favorite candy bar, as you said, you’ve got four flavors in one bar. But lets not forget the fluffernutter (fluff and peanutbutter)- I think that should be our state treat.

    Thanksfor all of your insights- i never miss your column, it’s usually the high point of my day!

  4. Jon Keller says:

    Steve Stein….how could I forget Fig Newtons? Mmm, good, about eight of them in a stack with a big glass of milk.

    Susan…thanks for the kind words! Fluffernutters ARE good…and good for you, too!

    Dan….yes…here we go Fluff, here we go!

  5. M L Peters says:

    I was given the impression that Marshmallow Fluff was “invented” in Somerville.They actually have a fair (Fluff Festival?) in honor of the stuff.

  6. emom says:

    SKYBARS OH YEAH AWESOME CANDY BAR, but that can be the candy bar and the fluff can be the treat, since fluff can be made into many things, fudge to start with, fluffernutter sandwhiches, fluff and cocoa, yeah thats the stuff,, hhhmmm I think we need to invent some good stuff ,,,, I will get back to you.

  7. Tee Kay says:

    Yeah! Marshmallow fluff!. Just don’t cook with it. And don’t make a sandwich with Marshmallow Creme.

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