There is a Mardi Gras tradition that you won’t find in New Orleans. All along parade routes from Mobile,AL to Pass Christian, MS you’ll find krewes of revelers, riding floats, throwing beads and trinkets along with some delicious Southern sweets. Of course I’m referring to the ubiquitous MoonPie. A unique Southern food that has been enjoyed for a century, still made where it all began right here in the South. Here’s a look at this wonderful, bite sized, sweet.
The MoonPie brand was founded by the Chatanooga Bakery in 1917, to please the wants of local Tennessee coal miners for a lunch treat sandwich about the size of the “moon”. In an attempt to fill this desire, Earl Mitchell, Sr., bakery salesmen, noticed some graham crackers covered with marshmallow filling left out to dry in the bakery and the idea arose to add another graham cracker and dip it all in chocolate. This sweet sandwich was a huge hit with the miners and so it became a regular item for the bakery. So began the Southern lunch, a MoonPie and a RC cola for all the laborers, working their way out of the great depression. The growth continued, and this legendary Moon shaped sweet is still a favorite amongst Southerners everywhere. To this day folks still think RC cola when they reach for a MoonPie, without ever knowing it was first a lunch before it was ever a snack.
It’s amazing how so many wonderful foods in the South carry such great stories. It just confirms that Southern history is best told through our rich ingredients and cast iron skillets. To this day I love a MoonPie and an RC cola because it brings back such great childhood memories. I can remember scrambling as a kid to pick up the fallen MoonPies on the road during Mardi Gras, and enjoying every last bite. The ultimate is a MoonPie ice cream sandwich; 2 MoonPies with your favorite ice cream slapped in the middle and left to harden in the freezer. Don’t forget an RC float if you have some left over ice cream, we’d hate for it to go to waste.
Never had a MoonPie? Here is your chance to win a box of Original MoonPies. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite ways to eat graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate or your favorite way to eat a MoonPie. We’ll pick 3 random winners and mail you a box of original MoonPies for your own enjoyment, just to share the love. Write us a recipe that uses MoonPie as an ingredient, if we choose it as a post we’ll include a T-Shirt as well. Stay Hungry Y’all!
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Thanks to the MoonPie website for the great history of how it all came about.