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The secret behind Derby Pie's sweet success

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -  Do you like some flavor with your race?

"It's Derby time, and you want to do something Derby related," said Alan Rupp, owner of Kern's Kitchen.

People often find exactly what they're looking for in Derby Pie. A blend of chocolate and nuts, with a light flaky crust. 

"It's still kind of crafted like grandma used to do," Rupp said.

 Rupp inherited Derby Pie from the people who came up with the idea. 

"Grandparents started this at a little restaurant outside of Louisville called the Melrose Inn back in the 50s."

 WDRB went inside the factory off of Hurstborne Parkway that produces all of these sweet treats. A place that's business quadruples at this time of the year. 

Rupp said, "We're somewhere around 110 to 120,000 pies a year."

The signature dessert has inspired a lot of imitators, at parties and restaurants. And if you're wondering the specifics of what's in the pie? WDRB tried our best to get the recipe. 

When asked about the recipe, Rupp responded, " Well, I'd like to email that to ya." WDRB never received that email.

The recipe has been top secret for 60 years and it will continue to be that way for the next six decades. It's just one more thing that makes the Derby and this time of the year so fun. "It's a very special thing to be a part of the Derby," Rupp said.

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