42. Moon Pies, Perhaps the Finest Food Ever Wrapped in Cellophane

20 Jun

How they got to be called “moon pies,” I really don’t know. They’re round, so I get the “moon” part. But they do not resemble a pie AT ALL. At least no pie I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure y’all know I’ve seen a fair share of pies.

Moon Pies are more like a cross between a cookie and a cake: a layer of marshmallow creme sandwiched by two cakey-ish layers all dipped in a flavored coating. My favorite is banana. But they also come in vanilla and chocolate.

I had not seen a Moon Pie in decades, so when my sister and I made a road trip from Seattle to Portland a few years back, imagine my surprise when I spotted a box of banana Moon Pies in a tote-sum store along the way. I came out of the store beaming, carrying a sack full. My sister didn’t see what the big deal was. I guess Moon Pies are pretty prevalent in Memphis. But Moon Pies within driving distance of Seattle? Hallelujah!

Forward thinker that I am, I did not make note of the name/location of the store, so I can’t find them again. Probably a good thing. Because I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast. Which reminds me of my favorite “white trash” breakfast that I haven’t had in at least 10 years: those little powdered-sugar covered donuts and a can of orange soda. Please don’t ask. I cannot begin to explain or justify.

I’m going down to Memphis sometime in the next month to meet my soon-to-be-arriving nephew Eli, and I intend to smuggle home at least a few Moon Pies. I’m still on the lookout for the boiled peanuts, but in the mean time, if y’all want Moon Pies, let me know.

P.S. This just in: would you believe they sell Moon Pie lip balm? Two great tastes that taste great together. Alas, no banana flavor. Vanilla will have to do.

What’s your favorite variety of Moon Pie? Have you ever had one of the “single-deckers”? Do they really exist?

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9 Responses to “42. Moon Pies, Perhaps the Finest Food Ever Wrapped in Cellophane”

  1. The Florida Blogger June 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    I love moon pies. I vividly riding to the store on my red dirt bike to get a moon pie and a coke. Those were the good days: no worries.

  2. Sherry June 22, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    http://synapsegap.blogspot.com/2006/01/tote-sum.html

    The above is a link to a blog about Tote Sum stores. I wanted one of dem Moon Pies but couldn’t remember seeing a Tote Sum between here and Portland. Thought I’d google a location and found this blog instead. I think you’ll enjoy reading it. Gotta get back to the Moon Pie search! 🙂

  3. girloutofdixie June 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    thanks for the link, sherry. sorry i didn’t make a note of the place where i found the moon pies!

  4. Because People Are Idiots June 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    I might have to get myself some Moon Pie lip balm. Mmmmm…

  5. sarah smith June 23, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Glad you found the Moon Pies in Pacific N.W.! I haven’t had one in a couple of years, and you’ve got my appetite up for one!

  6. Jenna June 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    You forgot to mention in this what a mistake it was to take the advice on the side of the package and microwave the moon pie…what sounded like a good idea went horribly awry…ps, I will be sure to have some orange crush and powdered doughnuts for you when you get here. 🙂

  7. Todd Pack August 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    If you like regular MoonPies, then you’d love a slab of the world’s largest MoonPie from the RC Cola and MoonPie Festival.

    http://toddpack.com/2010/06/17/its-a-southern-thing/

  8. Sherry October 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Good news! I found local Moon Pies! They serve Frito Pie and Moon Pies both at a place in Tacoma called Red Hot. It’s a hot dog and beer joint that made food network and the top 10 places nationally to get a hot dog. Check it out and get your fix!

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