Paean to Moon Pies

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (link below but subscription required) contains two chapters from a forthcoming book on Moon Pies by David Magee, who writes a column for the newspaper. Weirdly enough, the book and the official Moon Pie website, which you can see at Moonpie: Homepage spells the name of the venerable baked good as “MoonPie.” Would one say “Hersheybar” or “Fignewton?” I don’t think so; I will stick with the way it ought to be.

Growing up in East Tennessee, Moon Pies were, for some reason, always associated with Royal Crown Cola, which we always called “RC.” Having a Moon Pie and an RC, which some people actually did, became more of a joke than a reality. The band NRBQ even recorded a song called “RC Cola and and Moon Pie.”

In the summer of 2006, I accompanied my parents to the wedding of a relative in Kentucky. We were invited to the rehearsal dinner, an affair in which the decoration and food and everything is designed, as such things should be, to give a good impression of the groom’s family. I had the (I thought) hilarious notion of running out and buying up a bunch of Moon Pies and placing one on every plate.

Wiser heads prevailed.

“MoonPie: Biography of an Out-of-This-World Snack” (Jefferson Press; hardcover; $19.95) by David Magee.

Excerpts from David Magee’s new book on the MoonPie | Chattanooga Times Free Press

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