Today on the tray: Coconut cream pie

Ginger and Mary Ann with coconut cream pieMay 8 is National Coconut Cream Pie Day.

I can’t hear “coconut cream pie” without thinking of Gilligan’s Island. Remember how Mary Ann was always baking them? I can only assume she brought an Easy Bake Oven with her on the three-hour cruise. It makes as much sense as anything else.

To celebrate this special day, let’s have fun watching various Gilligan’s Island characters get pies in the face:

Pies in the face on Gilligan’s Island

And as a special treat, here is Mary Ann’s portrayer, Dawn Wells, baking a coconut cream pie for Conan O’Brien in 1993, while promoting Mary Ann’s Gilligan’s Island Cookbook:

Dawn Wells bakes coconut cream pie, Late Night with Conan O’Brien (Sept. 29, 1993)


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