Origins of this sweet, southern snack stretch deep into a Kentucky coal mine where, according to a traveling bakery salesman named Earl Mitchell, a miner gave voice to his ideal break-time food – a snack “as big as the moon.”
The Chattanooga Bakery responded with “the original marshmallow sandwich” (smooshed between a pair of graham crackers), and the rest is [chocolate covered] history.
A century later, Moon Pies continue to be out of this world: they are tasty, cheap and still fit in a lunchbox. During World War II, they equated to comfort food for American servicemen and women. Yum.
– Hannah Van Sickle, The Memphis 100