Monday, February 23, 2009

Moon Pies!

Of course everyone knows well that Mobile throws it's unique item the moonpie, which the krewes purchase by the ton. The story of how the moon pie got its start is also well known, but if you're not familiar with the story, please head on over to to and click history.

The story here revelers is the history of how a moon pie came to be used as a throw in the Mobile parades.

Food has always been involved as a throw ever since 1949, when Crackerjacks, (peanuts and caramel nuggets) were throw by a lot of krewes as a treat for the revelers. Crackerjacks, were brought about because of the cheap alternative it presented to beads. However, people kept getting beamed with the end of those rectangular boxes that the treats came in, and those box ends were hard and sharp. Sensing something needed to be done the mobile city official banned the candied popcorn as a throw about 1972.

A lot treats and articles preceded the mobile icon into the parades as the krewes searched for a replacement, to the popular popcorn in a treat.

The first to throw moon pies were the krewe of "Maids of Mirth" in 1974 as an alternative to the recently banned boxes of cracker jacks. Soon other krewes were following the action as the throw caught on.

Moon Pie is a trade marked name of the Chattanooga bakery in Tennessee. New Year's Eve, 2008, saw the first Moon Pie drop over the City of Mobile, while downtown partiers were invited to partake in the "world's largest moon pie!"

My favorite are the Banana ones!

1 comment:

Leigh said...

What a great post! They were throwing them tonight at Cajun Steamer in Hoover!