Sunday, April 18, 2010

Moonie Pie Challenge WINNER... and moonies of mention

About four weeks ago, I asked you to get creative in your kitchen. I challenged you to re-create my moonie pie, but make it your own with the optional addition of two ingredients. Since then, amazing moonie creations have rolled in. In the beginning I honestly wondered how many people would take on the challenge, since it's not exactly a beginner recipe... I'm so impressed and happy to report that the contest has come to a close with 23 entries! Booyah! A huge thanks to everyone who participated - I think we all had fun. I have another trick up my sleeve... to be revealed soon...

Over the weeks, I've grown increasingly more excited with each new entry - It's been fun to see your pics, and read each moonie making experience on your blogs. Some of you emailed me with questions which I answered to the best of my ability, some of you practiced your filling ideas multiple times before putting the whole thing together, some of you made a variety of cakes, and some of you mixed a cool story into your moonie blog post. There is certainly some super duper creativity floating around!

I felt like a judge for a Miss America Pageant last night as I sifted through all the pictures (I even enlarged the pics on my screen to make sure I didn't miss a thing), and re-read people's blog posts. I didn't think it would be so hard to pick a winner. All the pies are fabulous and unique. This may sound cheezy and cliche, but you're all winners in my book. 
Today I came up with a point system based on the technical aspect of how the pies were assembled, creativity in the form of ingredient additions, and how the pies were presented (in the photo(s) and in the blog post). It took me all day to go over this...


So just who the heck is the winner?! Drumroll please... 

Lisa of Vegan Cookbook Critic wins with her Lemon Ginger Moonie Pie


While Lisa made 3 different kinds, her lemon ginger moonie really stood out. Her pie looks absolutely beautiful, and I'm certain it tastes just as great too (lucky me, I'll get to taste it)! Her photos will have you salivating, and her post will leave you wanting to whip up a batch of your own moonies. She turned her creative kitchen journey into a fabulous story, which I'll let you read for yourself... 


As I mentioned at the start, I will be doing a moonie pie swap with the winner. I'm from Canada, and am currently in the US. Lisa is also Canadian, go figure! I'm thinking it's a good idea for me to get home before we do the exchange. Shipping internationally takes a while and we wouldn't want our moonies sitting around for a week, un-refrigerated. I'll be heading home mid-May, so you'll have to wait until then to see how it goes. It's a bit of a bummer because I was seriously excited about trying her pies asap, but I'll be sure to do the video and share it when the time comes. 

In true pageant fashion, I've chosen a few "runners up" - I wanted to acknowledge a few other moonies...

Raw Candy's Strawberry Moonieare beautiful, accompanied by the most gorgeous photos of her creative process. 

Marlie's Vanilla Chai Moonie was particularly impressive, and she took the time to do a little research on the history of moonies... 

Aimee's Durian Moonie had me craving one. She made various sizes, with fun drizzles on top. 

Nina's 4 exotic moonies contained the most creative ingredient additions, by far!

A few cool things of note happened along the way too: Contestant, Nelly, sent one of her mylk chocolate moonies to bloggie friend Kelli who was cheering her on so much! How sweet is that?! ... and Shannon made a moonie pie inspired cupcake the other day! 

If you have the moonie pie book but haven't made them yet, I hope you're inspired to give them a try in your own time. When you do, I'd love to see your photo! 

Thanks again for all the participation. It was super fun and I am already excited for the next one... yes, that's right - stay tuned for the reveal of my next raw dessert challenge! 

20 comments:

myrawlife said...

I'm so happy for the winner, Lisa of Vegan Cookbook Critic! That was my favorite too! I love lemon and ginger, and the idea of that for a creamy filling moonie pie was a fabulous idea! I can't wait to see the recipe changes for that one!

Thanks again Heathy for hosting this great fun contest, and for the great ebook! I hope you take my idea and create an additional moonie pie book with all the wonderful recipes made from the contest and include the winner on the cover...Fun, fun,fun!!! =)

bitt of raw said...

Congrats to Lisa! I would have picked her chai. I love chocolate + chai. Gonna have to make that next.

Thanks for the mention!

guavablossom said...

Well done to Lisa!! Thanks so much Heathy for the mention - this was so much fun, I can't wait to see what other ideas you have up your sleeve!!
:)
Nina

HiHoRosie said...

Congrats to Lisa! Congrats to all! Awesome and tasty challenge. :)

Mel said...

Oh they all look so nice, it must have been a tough decision, I have to admit Lisa's looks beautiful though.

By the way, I made a mooniepie despite lack of Agave Powder, I used more soya lecithin, I think it was still a bit more gooey but I'm not sure as I've never tried any form of Moon pie, but sat in the freezer it firmed up.

Despite that my cookie base still had large clumps of nut (due to my bad blender) it still tasted amazing! Unfortunatly I had one of two decisions, eat it all or wait for me to take a picture...guess what I did :)

VeganLisa said...

Woohoo! I'm was so excited to read your announcement this morning. Now, the pressure is on. I hope you love the flavour when you actually taste it.

All of the entries look so beautiful, you certainly created a tough job for yourself Heathy. But now that I have your recipe and everyone's creative ideas the Moon Pie fun is endless.

I'm actually heading to New York in early May so maybe I can hand deliver some pies.

Laurel said...

That's so great! Congratulations Lisa! They look delicious!

Marlie Centawer said...

Yay!!! Heather, I am honored to be mentioned as one of the runner's up! You are too kind. Thank you so much for putting on such a fun and creative contest :) You rawk girlie! Congratulations to the winner and other runner's up - all the moonies look wonderful!

Lauren said...

Congrats to Lisa, these all look amazing! YUM!!!!!!

Laurel said...

Yay!! Congrats Lisa! That looks so beautiful! I'm going to have to try making yours sometime :D.

Heather Pace said...

Thanks for participating guys! It was a blast.

Debbie, A few others have asked me the same. It would involve a fair amount of work and Im already into the next project, but what I'll probably do is highlight the top 5 moonie changes in an upcoming newsletter.

Mel, i trust you took a pic? You're going to send to me? :)

Lisa, would be SO totally cool to do our swap in person in NYC! I'm all for that!

kelli said...

yay lisa and everyone else who entered! i'm wishing i gave it a shot. next time!

hey heathy, you should have had everyone send one of their moonies so you could have personally tasted each one. wouldn't that have been yummy!;)

Lori said...

Yum to all of the entries, for sure!
I actually made a moon pie (after buying your Moon Pie recipe book!) this weekend- although did not get a chance to enter it... I'm blogging about it tomorrow- it was Basil Kreme Fig Crusted Moon Pie- AMAZING.
YUM!
Thanks for the great ideas for the moon pies and great contest!

Pure2raw twins said...

Congrats to Lisa!! Lemon ginger...YUM!

We cannot wait for your next contest, hopefully our lives over here won't be so hectic that we can participate.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Congrats to the winner and to all the amazing ladies I "know" who entered...Shannonmarie, Nelly, Aimee, Kelli, Lori...job well done and maybe if it's not toooooo labor intensive of a recipe, i will enter the next challenge. I have a 3 yr old so it's gotta be make-n-go over here :)

Heather Pace said...

Kelli - yes yes yes, you totally have to enter next time!

Lori - I checked our your moonie - how creative are you?! SO awesome, love the light green colour!

Pure twins - oh man... you guys would create something amazing, Im sure ;)

Averie - would love to have you join in next time - btw, amazing yoga article on Gena's site. Love you!

Sarah said...

I have a new found respect for all of you moonie pie makers! Mine did not come out as pretty. Great job! I need to be a little more patient and actually let the layers set more. It is hard to wait, all I wanted to do was eat them. I have a picture of my moonie on my page.

Heather Pace said...

Awesome Sarah, I think your moonie looks great! Yeah, it's definitely a challenge to wait around while things chill! :)

shannonmarie said...

I don't know how you picked just one. They all look so tasty.

Thanks for the shout out :-)

Amanda@thegrainsofparadise said...

I bought your book! I couldn't resist any longer! haha
Aloha!!