August 25, 2010

Moon Pies Get Their Day in the Sun

Cupcakes have been trendy for some time now. They're ubiquitious; every city has its own cupcake cafe, every wedding planner has created a cupcake display, every adult has partaken of these delicious, sprinkle-topped treats.

While I'll never stop craving cupcakes, I think the bubble may have burst for these trendy sweets. The world of haute cuisine is clamoring for a new dessert du jour and, if The Kitchn is to be believed, the next must-have baked good could be the Moon Pie!

While I take issue with calling them truck stop staples, I agree that Moon Pies aren't for everyone. They may be unheard of in certain parts of the country, but around here they're well known - and paired, like snapper and sauvignon blanc, with RC Cola.

While each can be hard to find, the RC and Moon Pie combination is a classic. Clemson's president Robert Cook "R.C." Edwards' wife was even given the nickname "Moon Pie." If that doesn't say "we go together like peas and carrots," I don't know what does.

We gave away orange and white Moon Pies at our wedding a few years ago, but they're not a staple in the Smith household. Though I may not eat many Moon Pies these days, I'm still excited to see this bit of Southern culture trickle into the foodie world.

I might even try this recipe for homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Moon Pies, just to celebrate my roots - and my sweet tooth.

If you're in the mood for a rainbow of original Moon Pies, take a look at what's available. All kinds of "truck stop" goodness.

Are you a Moon Pie fan?


The Shabby Princess said...

Ohmygosh, I love Moon Pies! I mean, not like every single day type love, but, they have a certain sentimental value--and, are yummy.

I have to admit, I never really hoped on the cupcake bandwagon. I like them, don't get me wrong, but, I don't need to spend $8 on a "designer" cupcake.

OK, sorry, rant over!!

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

We are definitely fans of the moon pies, although not in Clemson colors :-) They don't have them over in New Zealand (at least none that I can find yet!), so I may have try that recipe!

Chris and Amy said...

These are a favorite surprise snack in our house, expecially enjoyed with a RC Cola. Orange & White Moon Pies...never heard of such. You must post a picture. We had orange/purple/white m&m's. Not too creative but a fun Clemson statement :)

Anne said...

Moon Pies are a little nostalgic piece of childhood for us too, y'all.

Amy, there's a snapshot in my post from July 21st if you're interested. We had big orange ones and little white ones, I think, along with RC colas. So fun!


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