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Shoofly pie big winner in Pennsylvania

UPI News Service, 07/06/2006 

A sticky-sweet Pennsylvania Dutch confection is the winner in a contest for the state's next tourist slogan.

"I break for Shoofly Pie" got 21.6 percent of the vote, the state tourism office told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, beating out "Pennsylvania: Land of Independence" and "Pennsylvania is for road-trippers," among others. The new slogan will go on bumper stickers, although license plates will continue to proclaim that "You have a friend in Pennsylvania."

Shoofly Pie is one of the many distinctive dishes developed by the Amish, German religious dissidents who settled in Pennsylvania before the American Revolution. Strict members of the group still keep to an 18th century lifestyle, avoiding modern conveniences like electricity and automobiles.

The pie itself is a diet-busting combination of molasses, brown sugar, flour, eggs and shortening baked in a pie crust -- a good dish for farmers who still use horse drawn plows. The name allegedly came from the numbers of flies attracted to the sweet mixture.

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