No. 40: Black Jet Baking Co.'s Nutella-Hazelnut Hand Pie

SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition

Certain foodistas have decried the cupcake boom as the infantilization of American tastes. But the rise of the hand pie — “Pop Tart” to those of you who don't care about violating trademark law — doesn't necessarily belong to the same phenomenon. Shrinking the pie into a thin square isn't about making it cute, it's about being able to sit at a cafe, typing away, and occasionally picking up one of Black Jet Baking Co.'s hand pies to gnaw on.

Though, if we're going to tell the truth, SFoodie will admit that eating Black Jet's hand pies is a two-hand affair: Given the way the crust flakes, we need to keep one hand below our lips at all times to catch the spray of debris. 

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