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According to the Tribune-Democrat, folklorist and archivist Susan Kalcik believes that Johnstown's Gob, the popular cake-like pastry, became a favorite dessert because of local coal miners and steel workers. Men carried them in their lunches and œthe little cake with the icing on the inside instead of the outside served its purpose, explained Kalcik. She is convinced that the name œgob, often known as Whoopie Pies in other parts of the state, was derived from the miners. œLumps of coal refuse were called gob piles. These working people adapted the name to the dessert, said Kalcik.
Technically, the name œgob belongs to Tim Yost, owner of Johnstown-based Dutch Maid Bakery, who ships cases of the treats across the country.
Although the most popular flavor is chocolate, gobs can be found in pumpkin, banana, peanut butter, and many other concoctions.

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