Monday, February 8, 2010

A Mardi Gras Delicacy--The MoonPie!

What in the world, you may ask, is a MoonPie? Well, it's just about the most delicious edible snack thrown from a float at Mardi Gras that you may have to pick up off the ground after covering it with your foot to keep someone else from taking it, that's what!

I'm serious.  Before the MoonPies were thrown from the floats, maskers were throwing such things as boxes of Crackerjacks.  But due to the velocity with which they were thrown, some parade-goers were actually injured by the boxes.  So the poor Crackerjack was banned in 1972.

What to do?  In 1974 the Maids of Mirth introduced the MoonPie as an alternative to the dangerous Crackerjacks.  MoonPie is a trademarked name of a bakery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Other companies sell poor substitutes to the original MoonPie. There is really no comparison.

For an interesting excursion into the world of Moon Pies, take a look:

My favorite way to eat a MoonPie is to wait until I'm home from the parade, and zap it in the microwave for about 10 seconds, or until the chocolate icing starts to melt.  Instant smores!!

Hey, but MoonPies don't just come in chocolate, although that's my favorite. They also come in banana, coconut, orange, vanilla, strawberry and apple. Usually they are in silver wrappers with the emblem of the parading organization on the outside.

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