World Famous Kentucky Horse Race Whose Name Rhymes with “Herbie” Pie dates back to 1950. That was the year it was invented by the owners of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky: the Kerns. It was shortly named and, in 1968, trademarked. Ever since then World Famous Kentucky Horse Race Whose Name Rhymes with “Herbie” Pie has been synonymous with two things: the Kentucky Derby and lawsuits. Indeed the company which now goes by the name “Kern’s Kitchen” has sued at least 25 times to protect its rights under the law.
Kern’s has won against various cookbook publishers and most notably Bon Appetit magazine, which initially won the right to publish the recipe in court, only to have the decision overturned by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1987. Nowadays people publish the recipe pseudonymously as “Kentucky Pie”, “Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Pie”, “Run for the Roses Pie”, “Not Derby Pie”, etc. I think my name wins the title for the longest, but it certainly won’t be the last.