The magical moon pie
| This can be a very complicated world at different times, and just knowing a few simple little facts can make a big difference. It's a fact that all living creatures need water and food to exist. I decided to write this hub about the facts surrounding just one particular food.
This delicious creation has a very unique history, and had a one of a kind start in this world. It all started with a bakery salesman by the name of Earl Mitchell who had a very special purpose in life. In 1917 he visited a group of coal miners at their company store, and asked them what they wanted to eat for meals. They replied to him that they wanted something solid and filling, because of limited times for meals. One of the miners held out his hands framing the moon above, and said that they wanted it about that big. He got the rest of the idea of how to make it from watching some of the bakery workers and thus the idea of the Moon Pie was born!
There are a lot of facts that are connected to the tasty magical moon pie. Some of these facts are that Moon Pies were first introduced in the Chattanooga Tennessee area around the time of the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of these delicious moon pies were also distributed to GI's during world war two.
The Moon Pie became known as the "working man's lunch". In the 1930s you could buy a Moon Pie, and a 10 ounce RC cola for just a nickle. In the 1950s it inspired a popular country music hit by Big Bill Lister titled - "Gimmee an RC Cola and a Moon Pie". You can visit the Moon Pie and RC Festival in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and also a Moon Pie Eating Contest in Bessemer, Alabama.
In New Orleans for a Mardi Gras tradition, the Moon Pie has became a traditional item thrown from a parade float into the crowd. A woman once ate 38 Moon Pies in eight minutes in Caruthersville, Missouri. The city of Mobile, Alabama raises a 12-foot-tall lighted mechanical moon pie to celebrate the start of the new year. The giant Moon Pie is lowered by a crane as the clock strikes midnight. The city also holds the world's record for the largest baked Moon Pie, which weighed in at 55 pounds and contained only 45,000 calories. Newport, Tennessee held its first annual Moon Pie festival just last year.
Moon pies are known by different names around the world. In the Northern U.S. a similar product is called a "Scooter Pie". In the UK, Australia and Canada a similar product is called "Wagon Wheels". In Japan they have "Angel Pies". In Korea they have "Choco Pies". In Mexico they have "Mamut", and "Rocko", and in Turkey they have a similar pie called "Halley".
The Moon Pie consists of two round graham cracker cookies, with a marshmallow filling in the center, and is dipped in chocolate, banana, coconut, vanilla, and strawberry coatings. There are Double Decker Moon Pies that also come in lemon and orange. There's a Moon Pie Crunch which comes only in peanut butter or mint. There's also a smaller version called the mini Moon Pie. So the next time someone challenges you about some facts, you'll be ready with all of this Moon Pie wisdom.
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