Thursday, January 01, 2009
While New York dropped the ball, Mobile opted to ring in 2009 with 14 lbs. of marshmallow, 6 lbs. of chocolate, and 45,000 calories
The Tennessee-located Chattanooga Bakery created a giant version of their signature Moon Pie dessert and transported it via a sports utility vehicle to Mobile, Alabama as a part of a sugar-inspired New Year's celebration. Once in Mobile, the giant moon pie would be at the mercy of the first 3,000 hungry Alabama residents who managed to get in line for a piece of the action. Onlookers would also watch the ceremonial lowering of a faux Moon pie at the stroke of midnight. Originally, the idea was to lower the authentic, edible, giant version of the moon pie at the crucial juncture of the new year, causing the ingredients to coat revelers in a sticky layer of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker sediment. At the project's final stages, it was decided to drop the faux moon pie as a more reasonable alternative. If we've learned anything from this story, it's that one must use logic when dropping any version of a giant moon pie from the air! According to msnbc, the entire moon pie experiment, including the 600 lb. electric moon pie, is costing taxpayers $9,000.
The following video, for anyone interested, focuses a bit more on the construction of the giant moon pie.