Why We’re Still Over the Moon for These Pies
Editor’s Note: Here’s a little chocolatey dip into an enduring American icon invented over a century ago. While its birthplace was in Tennessee, we’re obsessed with why this delicious marshmallowy disc is a must-catch during Mardi Gras season in Alabama. Keep an eye out for our own Go! Gulf States story on the history of the MoonPie in Mobile – coming soon!
Ah, MoonPies – that sweet marshmallow gooiness sandwiched between two graham cookies covered in delicious chocolate – really do have a taste that is out of this world. First sold out of country stores (along with an RC Cola), MoonPies once served as a humble meal for local Kentucky coal miners. A little over a hundred years later, today they’re making more than a million moon pies a day at the Chattanooga Bakery in Tennessee. And though, along with Goo Goo Clusters and Stuckey’s Pecan Log Rolls, they’ve long been considered a favorite snack of the South, you can actually find MoonPies all over the United States today from Maine to Maui and from Anchorage to Alabama.
So what’s the story about MoonPies?