If you live above the Mason-Dixon line, you’re probably not familiar with this famous culinary combo :)
Not to be confused with a Whoopie Pie, the Original MoonPie is a four-inch-round s’mores-ish sandwich cookie, made of marshmallow fluff layered between graham crackers and coated with chocolate, vanilla, or banana.
I picked up a box of Mini MoonPies at World Market right before Memorial Day, when I stumbled on this vintage-style metal picnic basket there.
In the mood for a taste of their compact size, served up with a little nostalgia, they seemed perfectly paired for our
I microwaved canned frosting in a bowl for about 10 seconds~ stirring until the frosting will smoothly coat the MoonPie and the excess frosting can drip back into bowl.
You can microwave5 – 10 seconds more as you go, if the frosting becomes too thick for dipping.
I added Wilton Patriotic Mix Sprinkles and put the MoonPies in the fridge briefly to help the frosting and sprinkles set.
A little sweet taste of the history of MoonPies & RC Cola~
The MoonPie brand was born in 1917 at the Chattanooga Bakery.
It began when Earl Mitchell, a bakery salesman, visited a company store that catered to coal miners. The miners said they wanted something solid and filling because they often didn’t get time to break for lunch. “About how big?” Mr. Mitchell asked…a miner held out his hands, framing the moon, and said, “About that big!”
Returning to the bakery, Mr. Mitchell noticed some of the workers dipping graham cookies into marshmallow and laying them on the window sill to harden. Experimenting by adding another cookie and a generous coating of chocolate, samples of this new MoonPie were distributed with a response so overwhelming, that it became a regular item for the bakery.
As early as the 1930’s coal miners and laborers of all kinds could enjoy the biggest snack on the rack~ a MoonPie, and a 10-oz. RC Cola, each for a nickel~ a good deal, tasty & timely~ with Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Depression.
Royal Crown Cola was born from the efforts of a young pharmacist in Columbus, Georgia in 1905. After a disagreement with a local soda bottler, Claud Hatcher began creating his own soft drinks, never imagining that his experiments would ultimately become an American icon affectionately nicknamed RC Cola.
In the American Spirit of innovation, Royal Crown Cola while not as renowned as its rival, Coca-Cola, led the soft drink industry with a series of industry firsts – the first aluminum cans, first 16 oz. bottles, and first low-calorie and caffeine-free diet sodas.
~The popularity of this combination was celebrated in a popular song of the 1950’s, by Big Bill Lister, “Gimmee an RC Cola and a MoonPie” and was also the janitor’s lunch in movie The Green Mile.
~Millions of MoonPies are thrown from Mardi Gras floats each year.
~In 1998, the mini MoonPie was born, a snack size for kids~ young and old alike :)