The quest for Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie in Orlando is getting serious


  • Photo courtesy of Walmart

Patti LaBelle is known for a lot of things: her hit "Lady Marmalade," being designated as the Godmother of Soul and a 66-year musical career. And as of this weekend, LaBelle can now say she is the creator of the most hunted boxed pie in America

Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie has been flying off Walmart's shelves after James Wright Chanel posted a musical review of the pie on Facebook, which currently has almost 8.7 million views. 

Patti LaBelle I have to say girl you did it with this pie.

Posted by James Wright Chanel on miércoles, 11 de noviembre de 2015

LaBelle called Wright after his review went viral. “She kept thanking me and she kept telling me how much she loved me and she just kept telling me to be me,” Wright says. “She was like, ‘Boy, you can sang!'”

Obviously after watching the video, we needed to find a Patti Pie and turn into Patti LaBelle, too. The pies sold out Sunday in Miami, but we thought maybe the Patti Pie's fame had not reached Orlando yet. Unfortunately for Orlandoans who have not had their souls stirred by a Patti Pie, that is not the case.

We called 17 Walmart locations in Orlando looking for this pie and no store in the city has it. "We don't know if a shipment is coming tomorrow, but you should call by 5 or 6 a.m.," one Walmart employee says. "They'll be gone by 7 a.m." 

Another worker told us her manager told employees all of Orlando is sold out of Patti Pies. "How does it taste?" she says. "I work here, and I can't even catch one. People are out here at 6 a.m. in the morning waiting for them." 

While you wait for the Patti Pies to get to Orlando, the Washington Post posted an article about how to make a Patti Pie at home. 

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