Friday, July 1, 2016

"Moon Pie" Palooza Sundaes

I've had a long time love affair with Moon Pies.  It goes way back to my childhood when my Granddaddy Guy would stuff me and all the cousins with Moon Pies, Popsicles, Pizza and Pop.  Literally stuffed until we were sugar crazed and physically sick.  I rarely eat them as an adult, but whenever I see a Moon Pie, I sure do feel sentimental.  Recently my BFF Barb and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you don't already know, that's where Wal-Mart is headquarted.  The original Walton's 5 & 10 store is now a gift shop and museum.  You can see Sam Walton's old pick up truck that he used to drive to work every day.  As you exit the museum there is an old-fashioned ice cream shop where you can enjoy a sundae or a milk shake.  Now Barb grew up around my grandparents and she too shares my affinity for Moon Pies.  So when we saw they had a something called "Moon Pie Palooza" on the menu, you can bet we ordered it.  It's a sundae, made with vanilla ice cream, marshmallow topping, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and of course a Moon Pie!  Thankfully we decided to split it.  Otherwise we would have felt like we did when we were kids after we consumed all of that pop and pizza.  Shortly after our trip we celebrated my mom and her twin's birthday.  Inspired by the sundae we enjoyed in Arkansas, I decided to come up with my own version of a Moon Pie Palooza.  I found some Mini-Moon Pies so I was able to make individual sundaes.  They were a huge hit.  Nothing will take you back to your roots quicker than a Moon Pie!

Made with Mini Moon Pies.
The cutest, tastiest lil treats ever.

Here's the original.
Moon Pie Palooza
Bentonville, Arkansas
The mini version = less guilt.
It took a lot of self control NOT to eat
all of those Moon Pies like we did as kids.
Moon Pie Palooza Sundaes
A great, All-American Southern dessert.
It will take you back to the good 'ol days AND
cool you off!

Moon Pie Palooza Sundaes
Mini Moon Pies, cut in half
vanilla ice cream
marshmallow ice cream topping, warmed
chocolate sauce (I used Hershey's)
whipped cream (I make homemade whipped cream in my ISI Whipped Cream Maker)
maraschino cherries

In a small serving dish, spoon a generous helping of warmed marshmallow topping.  Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Add a dollop of whipped cream and a little squirt of chocolate sauce.  Top with a cherry and the two halves of a moon pie.  Enjoy!

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