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One Simple Interesting Fact

Updated on August 13, 2015

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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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      I haven't had a Moon Pie in years, but am now thinking that one would be great right now. Thanks for sharing the history on the Moon Pie's creation!

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      Allen Neims and Lynn Raynor 2 years ago

      Very nice and informative Hub.

      I saw my first Moon Pies when I moved to Florida over 40 years ago and I tried one only once because the chocolate frosting was of poor quality and flavorless. If someone could recommend a brand that has a flavorful chocolate I would certainly try one again because Graham crackers are a favorite of mine.

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      It's amazing how a multimillion dollar industry can be born from a simple idea!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Makes me want to buy one now.

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved the moon pie history lesson. If I were a coal miner, I'm not sure that a moon pie and RC cola would be a very satisfying lunch. :)

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Now you are enticing me to a hearty moon pie meal hahaha.

      Loved it!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I'm sure I would love Moon Pies if I had one. lol I don't remember seeing them in our stores in NE PA. Do they sell them all over? Thanks for making me think about them. I will look for them now.

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      Mary Reed 2 years ago

      My husbands loves moon pies!

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are not a favorite of mine but the story was very interesting and I love the part about the moon size hense the name. I like this kind of trivia.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love a moon pie and now I know everything about them. I am going to pick some up tomorrow!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      And another simple interesting fact. I've never eaten a Moon Pie. And, looking at the gooey image with all those sugary layers, then looking at my waistline...well...I might still pass on this long-time tempting treat, but have filled my head with Moon Pie wisdom. Another fun article.