From my series on Southern food and drinks, I’m picking back up with the Letter “M” to tackle an delicacy near and dear to the hearts of many Southerners…
“Moon Pie! Moon Pie!” that battle cry of the Mobile Mardi Gras, screamed by thousands of children each year as they swarm the nightly path of parade floats, scrambling and scrapping for the hallowed treats, tossed along with doubloons and beads by masked and costumed Krewes.
Moon Pie, that marshmallow-y, chocolate-ty disc of divinity, harking back to 1917, created by the Chattanooga Bakery, per the request of a Kentucky coal miner who asked for a snack made from graham crackers and Marshmallows, “as big as the moon!”
Moon Pie that iconic duo of Southern snackdom, when served with a frosty RC Cola.
Yeah our idea of high class livin’
Is sittin’ on the porch on a cool night
Our Champagne and Caviar
Is an RC cola and a moon pie
– Tracy Byrd, Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous