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2004/11/12 17:57:16 (permalink)

Little Debbie

A southern tradition, made just outside Chattanooga, TN I consider them a cousin to TastyKakes. Would I be right about that? Any other similar baked products out there similar to either one of these?

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    tmiles
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/13 13:19:49 (permalink)
    From the people I know in the industry, they are the 600 lb gorilla. I could be wrong, and my info is a few years old, but they are the low cost producer, and they actually use good quality ingredients. They use lots of other stuff too in order to get long shelf life. They price it right and advertise very little, and even then on other people's dime.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 16:42:41 (permalink)
    Since I live near Collegedale Tenn., where Little Debbies are made, I have easy access to the outlet stores. I buy them every few months for treats for my students ( and myself, of course) I just have to remember that the outlets are closed on Saturday, since the people who own and/or run the company are Seventh Day Adventists.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 17:13:10 (permalink)
    When I travel down to N. Myrtle Beach I always take down a few boxes of Tastycakes for my southern freinds. They all agree that those god awfull Little Debbie snack cakes can not compare to Tastycakes in either quality or taste.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 17:59:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by creek rat

    When I travel down to N. Myrtle Beach I always take down a few boxes of Tastycakes for my southern freinds. They all agree that those god awfull Little Debbie snack cakes can not compare to Tastycakes in either quality or taste.


    AMEN!
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 18:10:47 (permalink)
    Little Debbie,overall,is probably not as good as tastycakes(I like both) but the formers 'breakfast'items are great,especially for dipping in less-than-perfect coffee. The difference,it seems,is that tastycake has a more pronounced chocolate presence(richer flavor?)....now I feel like searching out some,the moral being 'never go to roadfood.com when you are hungry'.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/15 13:27:07 (permalink)
    I like the Little Debbie cakes. They are in all of the grocery stores and convenience stores around here. I like the Raisin cakes, Oatmeal cakes, swiss rolls, Nutty Bars and even their brownies. I tried the Tastycakes and I did not find them any better than the Little Debbies-maybe its because I have been eating Little Debbies for years.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 08:21:41 (permalink)
    When my Northern Friends come down they always bring me my fix of Tasty Cakes!Coffee Crumb and Chocolate!Enough for Six months.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 10:17:43 (permalink)
    I like Little Debbie, especially the Oatmeal Cream Cakes. My son, Ian, likes to take their stuff for lunch sometimes.

    The company was founded by O.D. McKee, and is still called McKee Foods. I like to think we're keeping it in the family.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 10:57:50 (permalink)
    My kids love the Cosmic Brownies- I actually have never eaten one- sweets are not my weakness.

    One of my nicknames is "Little Debbie" since on a good day I'm 5 feet tall.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:02:55 (permalink)


    My kids always liked these during the holidays when they were younger. They called them "snacky cakes".
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    Mark in Ohio
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:18:22 (permalink)
    [:P] I have never tried a TastyKake before, but here in southern Ohio, Little Debbies are a big favorite. They are much cheaper than Hostess even at Hostess's outlet stores and they have a great variety of snack cakes and seasonal offerings. Swiss Rolls, Fudge Rounds, Zebra Cakes, Oatmeal Creams, pumpkin treats in the fall, Christmas trees cakes in the winter, Pecan Twirls - they're all tasty. Our Appalachian sweet teeth love them.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:30:30 (permalink)
    For you poor Carolina people that can't find Tastycakes, they are found at Wawa food stores in Virginia. I always stop at exit 15b on the 495 Richmond bypass and fillup with the cheapest gas going south.I also get my fill of Philly soft pretzels and Tastycakes. Can't help my fellow Hoosiers and Buckeyes though.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 22:53:41 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by emsmom

    I like the Little Debbie cakes. They are in all of the grocery stores and convenience stores around here. I like the Raisin cakes, Oatmeal cakes, swiss rolls, Nutty Bars and even their brownies. I tried the Tastycakes and I did not find them any better than the Little Debbies-maybe its because I have been eating Little Debbies for years.


    Do they still make those Raisin Creme Pies? I miss those.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 23:03:40 (permalink)
    Here you go, PinkPussycat:

    http://www.littledebbie.com/products/RaisinCreme.asp

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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 23:33:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by 6star

    Here you go, PinkPussycat:

    http://www.littledebbie.com/products/RaisinCreme.asp




    Thank you so much. I used to eat them like they were going out of style. That was when I was a teenager and could afford to. Funny, the things you subsist on in your youth.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 07:50:48 (permalink)
    Little Debbies are a staple in our house.. especially NUTTY BARS.. our dogs even HEAR those words and they go crazy!!! ( my husband likes them too!)
    we put them in lunches and kids love them...... haven't met a little debbie that this family hasn't liked..... :)

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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 07:52:59 (permalink)
    ps....... but i'd kill for a 'funny bone' right about now......... can't get them here...... :(
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    RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 08:51:39 (permalink)
    Nutty Bars are the best!!!
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/01/26 15:55:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lizardqueen1

    Nutty Bars are the best!!!


    I love Nutty bars too. Frito Lay used to make the same kind of snack and called them "Peanut Butter Bars." Is the Frito Lay version still available anywhere in the country? I liked those even better.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/28 21:25:00 (permalink)
    Little Debbies are the best! My favorite is the Frosted Fudge Cake.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 00:02:37 (permalink)
    Little Debbies suck!!! Tastycakes are da best. Second street & Printers Alley NEED Tastycakes!!
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 09:46:16 (permalink)
    Ain't nuthin' little about this Debbie.


    Now back to our regularly scheduled Little Debbie/Tastycake squabble.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 10:18:38 (permalink)
    Tasty Kakes were not around central Indiana while I was growing up but I remember them mentioned if you could pick up a Philadelphia Flyer game. I saw them in Walmart last week ( Butterscotch Krimpets) so I bought some. I hope that these are not representative of their other snacks because they were absolutely horrible. Ate one and threw the rest away. Bleeeech
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 10:38:09 (permalink)
    My personal LD favorite are the banana twins, but my kids always liked the swiss cake rolls the best.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 12:03:00 (permalink)
    Absolute HERESY to compare Little Debbie chemo-cakes to wonderful Tastykakes!!!!!

    For my fellow Southerners - some Kroger stores DO carry Tastykakes, but not consistently....grab them when they have them and put a few boxes in freezer.
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 12:20:05 (permalink)
    CarolinaBill, you are right on! Having spent a lot of time in both Indiana and South Carolina I can tell you that South Carolinians know and appreciate good food whereas if it were not for sugar cream pie and pork tenderloin sandwiches Hoosier cuisine could be best described as awfull and nondescript!
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 16:00:02 (permalink)
    Sugar cream pie, creek rat? Now THAT sounds like something that would play in the South! What is it? Sounds somewhat like chess pie, which is essentially eggs and sugar.

    Have never had an Indiana tenderloin sandwich (also hear they're quite popular in Iowa) but they sound like they are truly worthy of comparison to good southern BBQ. Been tempted to drive up there just to try!
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/04/22 21:53:33 (permalink)
    Here in Canada, there's a "mini-cake" company similar to Little Debbie called Vachon. Their desserts are sublime. I'm a total whore for Jos. Louis and Passion Flakies. *^^*
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    RE: Little Debbie 2005/06/01 10:03:26 (permalink)
    My favorite LD were the Mint Sticks and the Coconut Sticks but they don't make them anymore because when I called the company they said they only have so many lines to produce the wafer products and they have such a high demand for Nutty Bars that they only make them. They used to have the coconut rounds with the white cream and red jelly in them, but I haven't seen them in awhile. Has anyone seen any of these products around lately?
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