Bite-size whoopie pies
Danielle Wachs, 36, is a former fund-raiser and Allison Werntgen, 34, a former business analyst and the two share a love of baking and big dogs. They met at the neighborhood dog park (Wachs was walking a Bernese mountain dog, Werntgen a chow mix). Both were looking for something to do. “We just kind of started playing with whoopie pie recipes to see if we could make a tasty, healthier version,’’ says Wachs. She pauses, then retorts, “But it’s still a dessert.’’ In June they launched Whoopie Monster, their new company, which doesn’t make large pies at all, but rather two-bite sweets ($1.50- $2 each). Flavors include traditional (chocolate with vanilla filling), chocolate with salted caramel or peanut butter filling, vanilla with chocolate filling, and a gluten-free variety. A weekly special often features seasonal fruit. All are made with organic vanilla yogurt, organic eggs, real butter, and cream. As for the company’s name, says Wachs, the pies “are like little monsters.’’ Whoopie Monsters available at farmers’ markets in Jamaica Plain (Thursdays), Framingham (Thursdays), Roslindale (Saturdays), Milton (Sundays), and by special order at www.whoopiemonster.com.