Chocolate Cream Perfection
At the U.S. National Toboggan Championships this weekend, I sped down the track at approximately thirty-eight miles an hour dressed as a lighthouse (West Quoddy Head, joined by Paul Bunyon, the “Maine The Way Life Should Be” sign, and the chickadee license plate). But that wasn’t the most eye-opening experience of the two-day festival. No, that came at the Lincoln’s Country Store booth. And it involved their chocolate cream pie.
I will present my bias up front. I love chocolate cream pie. The mix of fresh whipped cream (it best be fresh), sturdy chocolate pudding, and flaky crust is one of my all-time favorite desserts. And the one at the Lincoln’s Country Store booth stands victorious.
Mark Lincoln, the owner of the store, which is located on Route 90 in Warren and offers a full deli, a butcher, a fresh produce section, and seven aisles of groceries, knows his pies are good. All twenty flavors of them. From peanut butter cream to berries of all kinds to chicken pot pie and Sheppard’s pie, these masterpieces come in every variety imaginable.
“In 1998 a lady named Jessie Jacobs from Hope came in and thought she might want to try doing some commercial pie making,” recalls Lincoln. “She had all these old recipes that her mom and she had developed over the years. Jessie was in her sixties.”
At the time, Lincoln owned Fuller’s Trading Post in Hope. Eventually he bought the store in Warren and closed the one in Hope. But the pies came with him.
“In 2006, Jessie retired and came and asked if we would like to buy her business. I said I’d do it as long as she trained us. That’s what she did. She took our girls up and hand trained them. It was a quality control issue. She’s a nice lady right up until you start messing with her recipes. We do it her way!”
It’s a good way to do it, and now bakery manager Cindy Cox has taken over for Jacobs. A pie cost $11.99, and can be custom ordered for holidays or special occasions — or just to indulge (highly recommended). Lincoln also sells their pies to local restaurants, though he won’t disclose which ones. He plans on expanding their commercial pie business in the future.
Why do they taste so good? “Yes, there are secrets,” admits Lincoln, “several secrets to the crust, particularly. As for the chocolate cream and peanut butter cream pies, it really is just using cream and whipping it. There’s a little bit of spicing that up, of course.”
The next time you find yourself on Route 90 — or craving a delicious slice of heaven — make your way to Lincoln’s Country Store. They sell it by the slice, but do yourself a favor and buy the whole pie. You’ll thank me later.