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The Moon Pie Snack Cake

Updated on March 19, 2016

What is a Moon Pie?

A Moon Pie is a snack cake made with a dollop of marshmallow between chocolate covered graham crackers which are cut into a round shape.
They can be single, double decker, or mini sized.

However, the Moon Pie is more than just a snack cake to me. It carries with it special memories of spending summer days with my aunt, where memories were made that will never be forgotten.

This lens is also a tribute to my aunt, as her memory is fading now due to a dreadful disease called Alzheimer's. The disease is progressing and has caused her to forget a lot of things, but for now she still recalls our Moon Pie memories. To me that is priceless.

My Memories of Moon Pies and Growing Up - A wonderful childhood memory for me

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You know, it is usually the little things we do that make the biggest impressions. That is why the Moon Pie is more than just a snack cake to me. It holds some very special childhood memories that I will always treasure.

My Aunt (pictured above in the 1940s I believe), was a very hard working person. She didn't have any children of her own, so she became like a second mother to me. She worked two jobs when I was growing up, and one of those jobs was at the Chattanooga Bakery, the home of the Moon Pie.

One of my favorite memories were the days when my Aunt would pick me up and then take me to "the Bakery" as we called it. She would usually be going to pick up her paycheck, and then she would take me to the end of the assembly line, where they would let her pull a fresh, hot, gooey, Moon Pie right off the line just before it was packaged.

The marshmallow would be warm and melted, and the graham crackers, still coated with warm chocolate, would still have their crispy texture.

They were so good! They don't have this same texture after packaging and making it to the store, because the graham crackers have become soft by then.

Every time I see the word Moon Pie, I have a warm feeling inside and think of those wonderful afternoons with my Aunt, when we shared a fresh off the line Moon Pie snack. I can even remember that sweet smell of the bakery, the smell that was always on my Aunt's clothes when I would hug her after a long day of work. Her hair even smelled like a warm Moon Pie!

My Aunt has long since retired, and will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in August 2012. I am so glad to have had such wonderful memories of being with my aunt, and these memories will always be very special to me. They are even more special now, because they are one of the things that she still connects to me with, since Alzheimer's is slowly erasing things from her memory. My aunt and I share a very special connection, and I don't want to lose that.

Did You Know?

Chattanooga Bakery has only had one advertising campaign in all the years the Moon Pie has been in existence, and today the company is still in the hands of the family who founded it.

The Making of a Moon Pie - Chattanooga Bakery

This shows a short clip of Moon Pies being made. When you see them being coated with the chocolate, it was right after this that I got one from the assembly line, just before they went into the package.

How popular is the Moon Pie?

Have you heard of Moon Pies before?

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Another Fun Fact

North Carolina Moon Pie consumption is almost equal to that of tortillas in Mexico.

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The History of the MoonPie

The actual origin of the MoonPie was never actually documented by the Chattanooga Bakery, but it is thought that a man by the name of Earl Mitchell, Sr., was the person responsible for the invention of the MoonPie.

He asked some stores that catered to miners in his territory what they would like for a snack. The miners had wanted something for their lunch pails that would be large enough to be filling and satisfying. He asked how big it needed to be. About that time, the moon was rising in the sky, and one of the miners held his hands up and framed the moon with them and said, "About that big." So Mr. Mitchell went back to the bakery with an idea in mind, and the MoonPie was born.

History of the R.C. Cola and the Moon Pie

How they became a tasty combination.

The Moon Pie had been around 17 years by the time R.C. Cola was introduced in 1934. The two combined forces in the 1950s, hence the slogan "an R.C. Cola and a Moon Pie." No one has ever said if this was a planned marketing strategy to combine the two, or if it was just an accident. Whatever the reason, it became an instant success.

Back then, you could purchase this combo for a whopping 10 cents! The combo included a 16 ounce R.C. Cola, and a Moon Pie that weighed almost a half pound. Kind of makes you long for the prices of yesterday, doesn't it?

RC Cola and Moon Pie Video

This is not of my daughter, but I thought this was a cute video of one of the contests at the Moon Pie festival.

The MoonPie and Advertising - Links to the sites

Links to the Chattanooga Bakery website, as well as the RC Cola website.

Have you ever tasted a Moon Pie?

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Out Of This World Moon Pie Dessert

1. Remove pie from wrapper

2. Microwave on high for 5-10 seconds

3. Add ice cream, caramel sauce, sprinkles, or any topping of your choice.

4. Enjoy!

They come in so many flavors... - What flavor is your favorite?

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What is your favorite flavor of Moon Pie?

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Are You Hungry? - Get Your Moon Pies Here!

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Thank You!

This lens received a purple star on February 18, 2012!

Share Your Memories or Comments About Moon Pies Here! - I would love to know you visited!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I do very much love moon pies - very tasty, indeed!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Moon pies are one of my favorite things! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't had one of these in years - I don't even know if you can still buy them around here.

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      DianeStafford 5 years ago

      The moon pie looks like the 'Waggon Wheel' snack we know here, yummy!

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      conanedo 6 years ago

      look tasty, i want moon pie where i can buy this pie? i am from indonesia, do they export to indonesia?

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I like the orange Moon Pies!!

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      Mmm I love moon pies.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      I only remember having had one or two in my childhood. But I did like them.

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

      Good to know what is moon pies here.

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      The Goblins Den 6 years ago

      I'll be honest...moonpies aren't my favorite snack food, but they're good now and then for something different. Excellent lens.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great looking sweets and now I see what they are I think we have them under a different nme. Featured this on The Hideous Side of Diabetes

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a sweet treat (literally) having your aunty take you to work and then getting a hot moon pie right of the belt. That is a great memory.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Moon pies are occasionally tossed from Mardi Gras floats in Louisiana, and very often from floats in Mobile, Alabama.

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Laverne and Shirley loved the moon pies...

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of moon pies before...I expect we must have something similar.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I have had some of these while on vacation in the US when I was a child. Thank you for sharing your memories of the Moon Pie, you describe it so deliciously I feel like eating one right now. Charming lens ~Blessed~

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I've never tried a Moon Pie. We had Scooter Pies when I was growing up. I think Moon Pies are sold at a specialty deli near my home. Hope so ... they would be fun to hand out for Halloween.

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      Pixelrage LM 7 years ago

      Haven't had one of these since 5th grade. For some reason, I thought they originated here in NJ, but I'm confusing it with Mallomars :)

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      I remember enjoying Moon Pies growing up, but that was such a long time ago i guess I assumed they quit making them, nice to know they are still around!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      First time i've heard of them, but they do sound delicious.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've never heard of moon pies before reading your lens but they sound so delicious I think I'm going to make a batch very soon.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Wow - that brought back memories! Yum.

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Wow, I have never had a Moon Pie in all of my 55 years!

      I am on a mission now to see what I have missed. Thanks!

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      elizajane202 lm 7 years ago

      Brings back memories for sure. Man I miss the way they use to be made, they don't do them like that anymore. Yummy lens.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Lens. We have something similar to Moon Pies in Canada. They are called Wagon Wheels!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. We enjoy moonpies. We rotate chocolate and vanilla. Thank-you for the wonderful lens and congrats to your daughter.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I tasted the moon pie when visiting the U.S. a long time ago.

      Great lens. A 5

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I loved hearing your great memory of having a moon pie right off the conveyor belt. That is a wonderful story and wonderful memory. I do love Moon Pies and Chattanooga. I have fond memories of both. 5* fav

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      GregGiordano 9 years ago

      I still have not gotten around to trying a Moonpie but I will try to!

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      Well I have never tasted a moon pie! But they look fabulous...........

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      JasonE 9 years ago

      This was a great topic, and it sounds like you have some great memories of spending those special moments at the factory with your aunt. 5* from a fellow Southerner!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      As a kid, Moon Pies were the ultimate treat.

      Great lens.

      Lizzy

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      VBright 9 years ago

      Wooohoooo! I love moon pies (but, of course I do, they are from "back in the day"! Great lens 5* for you. I've got to try that Moon Pie Dessert now...yum

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      billco1 9 years ago

      Nice, nostalgic lenses. Being from Alabama, I grew up with moonpies (and RC Colas).

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Hi Lisa. You've got some great lenses here! I'm also a Giant Squid Organizer on Squidoo and would love for you to check out the Giant Squid Program https://hubpages.com/community/GiantSquids Thanks, Bonnie

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Thank you for another great addition to the cute little cupcakes and tasty treats.

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      beempa lm 9 years ago

      Hi Lisa! My husband just loves Moonpies. I had no idea what they were until I got here in the US... and now I must admit I think they're quite tasty. :) Nice lens!

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      Alanas_Vintage_Collectibles 9 years ago

      Excellent Lisa! You are having fun with these aren't you? LOL

      Alana

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      out-of-the-attic-4u 9 years ago

      You are too funny. If you spend every day doing this......