We've always let cake carry the weight when it comes to celebrations. Sheet cakes for retirements, ice cream cakes for birthdays. But maybe it's time we let pie have a chance.
Cooking With Carrie blogged about first girlfriend pie, a chocolate pudding pie creation she made to celebrate her son's first girlfriend. I'd like to take the idea a bit further and suggest that pies could take the place of greeting cards and be used to mark all kinds of occasions.
Pie is going to be the top food trend of 2011, so we might as well embrace it. And the pie industry appears to be ready for this kind of movement. You've got small and inexpensive pies like Table Top or Hostess Apple Pie. This is the kind of pie you might bring to a coworker or cousin. A slice could mark a first anniversary while a whole pie is if you make it to your tenth.
Pumpple cake? Well, that's how you propose to somebody. On the other end, you've got savory pies like steak and kidney pie that are perfect for breaking up with somebody. If you leave a steak and kidney pie on a doorstep, there's no ambiguity in that message.
Pies could ultimately work like flowers with different flavors and fillings standing for different emotions like the colors of flowers. Apple pie would signal friendship, Rhubarb pie would say I'm sorry, and Boston Creme would mean there's someone else.
Listen, Hallmark, if you can make a singing card, I've got no doubt that you can figure out how to vacuum seal a piece of pie in cardboard. America made not need food to feel (yet), but a little pie never hurts.
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