It’s a Walmart Christmas miracle. The “unusually popular” Patti LaBelle sweet potato pie, as Consumerist describes, is coming back to Walmart stores. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon broke the news on Instagram, where he writes, “They're back! Starting today and over the next two weeks, new shipments of #PattiPie arrive in stores nationwide.”
This restock was no small feat. John Forrest Ales, director of corporate communications at Walmart, said in an email, “It took about 2 million pounds of California-grown sweet potatoes to deliver this Christmas miracle.”
LaBelle’s pie owes much, if not all, of its success to YouTuber James Wright’s review of the item. After the video went viral, Walmart sold one pie per second for 72 hours straight, according to Ales. Ales also notes the pies will now be available all year.
Wright’s video, which currently has over four million views, earned him a place at LaBelle’s Thanksgiving dinner. Wright says, “When she first called, it was like we’d known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends.” LaBelle and Wright are slated to air a cooking special, which will air on the Cooking Channel on December 16, according to Music Times.