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The Snack Cake of the South

By: The Local Palate

Chocolate-Covered Nostalgia

Created by Chattanooga Bakery more than 100 years ago as a treat to fit into coal miners’ lunch pails, Moon Pies have since become the stuff of Southern nostalgia. The chocolate-coated, graham cracker-marshmallow sandwich cheered up homesick GIs in World War II, served for a spell as the official NASCAR snack cake, and is tossed by the truckload from floats during Mardi Gras. Forget Yodels and Ding Dongs: For generations of kids in Tennessee and across the South, the Moon Pie—along with its classic sidekick, a cold RC Cola—has long been the sugar rush of choice.

Homemade Moon Pies

This recipe makes double the amount of marshmallow filling you’ll need for the Moon Pies. Spread the remaining filling on a greased baking sheet and cut into shapes for snacking, or to top hot chocolate.

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