MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) It happens in Mobile every year. The MoonPie drops from atop the RSA Bank Trust Building in front of a crowd of thousands. Friday, Local 15 News got a glimpse of one other MoonPie tradition, one you can actually eat.
It's 80-pounds of pure deliciousness.
The MoonPie was delivered in one huge box to the Mobile Convention Center. It was baked in Chattanooga, Tennessee to celebrate Mobile's new year.
If you ate all of it, you'd be talking 45,000 calories, no problem for the folks at the Chattanooga Bakery who love having their signature dessert featured not only at Mobile's Mardi Gras, but at the MoonPie drop on New Years Eve.
"They paid for a transfer truck to bring this thing all the way here. It is the world's largest Moon Pie and it's edible," said city councilman Fred Richardson.
It's the fifth year for the drop and for the unveiling of this huge edible MoonPie. Richardson came up with the idea back then, he's also a big proponent that Mobile celebrate even with recent damage from tornadoes.
"The tornado is gone and it's time to move forward and Monday night we are going to show the world we are alive and ready to go," said Richardson.
Richardson's home suffered damage too, but he says with resilience comes determination. The big MoonPie will not only help Mobile move forward it will also help raise money for Mobile's homeless shelter for women, McKemie Place.
"It's kind of party. You don't have to wear a tux or nothing. Come like I am. Just come ready to have a good time," said Billy McLean with McKemie Place.
This year they're calling it "The Mobile in Lights" celebration featuring the Mobile Big Band Society. If you want to go, call (251)-622-0885.