What Not to Eat: Whoopie Pies from Wicked Whoopie

“Go ahead, take a bite and see where we got the name,” says the Wicked Whoopies Web site. “Our bestselling flavor, Classic Chocolate, will make you shout, ‘Whoopie!’”

Yup. There’s nothing like what Wicked calls “rich, dark chocolate cake shells with light, fluffy cream filling” to make you shout “Whoopie!” Of course, you might shout something else if you realized that you’re eating sugar, white flour, modified food starch, eggs, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, and sodium stearoyl lactylate.

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And you might shout yet something else if you noticed, after downing the whole thing, that the Nutrition Facts on the package are for just half a Whoopie.

True, the calories (370) on the label aren’t low. But the full Whoopie has 740 calories and 12 teaspoons of added sugar (two days’ quota for women and around a 1½-day supply for men), plus 9 grams of saturated fat (half a day’s limit). It also delivers a bonus 5 grams (2½ days’ worth) of trans fat, thanks to the “cream” filling, which is made of partially hydrogenated oils.

Think of each Whoopie as 10 Oreo cookies dunked in a quarter-cup of Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting.

Wicked Whoopies sells more than 20 varieties online (and at its two bake shops in Maine). While you’d get little or no trans fat in the mini whoopie pies that are sold at Starbucks (190 calories) or Trader Joe’s (290 calories), they’re all still essentially sugar, flour, and oil.

Whoop dee doo.

Tell Wicked Whoopie what you think of their whoopie pies: (877) 447-2629.

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