Remember last year when people were being filled with the Holy Ghost after tasting Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pies? Well Ms. LaBelle is giving Walmart five additional reasons for people to get their praise dance on in the aisles. After the success of her pies, People Magazine reports Ms. LaBelle will be bringing 5 new desserts that will be sold exclusively at Walmart: three cobblers (apple, peach, and berry), apple pecan cake, and sweet potato loaf.
LaBelle says the desserts are a result of her having a little fun experimenting with traditional family recipes:
“I’ve been cooking for most of my life. As you’re standing in the kitchen and you think of certain ingredients, you just put them in — sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.”
The desserts require almost no prep which will come in handy for folks like me this Thanksgiving who still can’t quite get mom’s mac and cheese quite right. All you have to do is pop them in the oven and “lie and say you made them,” jokes LaBelle.
Many credited Youtube star James Wright Chanel in making the pies fly off the shelves over night after his viral endorsement video. After a little shade from Patti’s way in which she denied Chanel’s video had anything to do with her confectionary success, the two became friends and even filmed a cooking special together. Patti revealed that the two have remained close but she doesn’t expect another viral video:
“I’m definitely sending him everything to taste but I’m not expecting him to do anything like that again. That was a one time thing only.”
The singer/chef is also working on a cookbook she says will include recipes for additional desserts and should be in bookstores before the end of the year.
I’ll admit I was skeptical of the hype surrounding those Sweet Potato Pies last year, especially since I didn’t actually find one to taste until months later. But I must admit, I found myself singing Patti’s praises afterwards too. The new desserts are scheduled to hit store shelves August 29th.