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2005/07/02 16:49:53 (permalink)

The Snack Cake Heirarchy .....

It goes like *this

Tastykake
Drake's
Hostess
Dolly Madison





Little Debbie

There *is no discussion
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    sizz_leteen
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/04 07:56:31 (permalink)
    I had the chance to try a box of the cream-filled banana Tastykake this past weekend on a trip to Buffalo. They were amazing! Not nearly as sweet as I thought they would be. VERY nice!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/04 09:38:02 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by CaryMG

    It goes like *this

    Tastykake
    Drake's
    Hostess
    Dolly Madison





    Little Debbie

    There *is no discussion



    Yeah, and every single one of them I ever ate is still around my middle!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/04 10:23:55 (permalink)
    Y'know, that's just about right. Little Debbies are pretty rank.


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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 15:48:10 (permalink)
    Drake's are the Shiznit.
    Hostess come in second.
    We used to have a Dolly Madison/Hostess Thift shop near our house growing up.
    Cellar dwellers: Litte Debbie Then Misses Freshly's
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 16:24:18 (permalink)
    Tastykakes must be a local thing. I went to their website and did the "where to buy" and the nearest place selling them is about 500 miles away.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 16:30:07 (permalink)
    Tasteycake is based out of PA I think. they came into the upstate NY area in 1986, only reason I remember this is because I worked in a grocery store at the time and they made a big deal about them moving into the area.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 16:37:59 (permalink)
    Still say Drake's coffee cake is THE single best individual cake you can buy out there...is there ANYthing that beats a Drake's CC with a cardboard container of 'regular' coffee??? Its kept New Yorkers going for over 50 years now!!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 16:43:07 (permalink)
    Agreed
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 17:30:46 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CaryMG

    It goes like *this

    Tastykake
    Drake's
    Hostess
    Dolly Madison





    Little Debbie

    There *is no discussion



    And no argument here!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/05 20:39:24 (permalink)
    EG, when I went to Pensacola (110 miles west of my current residence), on the way back, stopped at a Wally World and found an abundance of Tastykake products, so it was the perfect time to bring home two boxes of Butterscotch Krimpets!
    Somehow, they find their way down to the backwoods of NW Florida...
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/07/23 16:40:49 (permalink)
    I totally agree with CaryMG's hierarchy. Tastykake is numero uno. I grew up on Tastykakes as a native of PA, and my husband grew up out west and says he prefers Hostess to Tastykake. I don't believe him. The difference in the cake, fillings, and icing flavors, quality, and texture is incredible, with the Tastykakes' being far superior to the others listed, IMHO.

    My favorites are butterscotch Krimpets and peanutbutter Tandy Takes as they were called before they became Kandy Kakes. And, believe it or not, I miss the wax paper they were wrapped in in the '60's. Probably because it wasn't air-tight as the plastic wrappers are today, so it kept the icing on the krimpets and cupcakes and the cakes themselves firmer which I prefer compared to the very soft cake and creamy icings today. I still love 'em, though!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/11/11 10:01:02 (permalink)
    I dunno, Hostess is pretty good. And as for Little Debbie being way, way, way down on the bottom like that, I totally do not agree. They're the best bang for the buck. Their Swiss Rolls are fantastic...far better than Yodells

    And Dolly Madison? The ice cream people? I didn't know they made snack cakes. And ConeyIslandLou has a point. Those Drakes coffee cakes kick tail.

    I think your heirarchy needs a little re-structuring CaryMG!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/11/15 03:03:01 (permalink)
    I like Little Debbies too. Their stuff is at least comparable to the others (i'm not sold on the Tastycake stuff) and its usually a good bit cheaper.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/05 21:09:14 (permalink)
    Dolly Madison is not the same as the Ice Cream brand. Where do you live, because outside the northeast (where Drakes and Tastykake rule), Dolly Madison was the main competitor to Hostess. Of course, now, they are the same company.

    Mrs Freshley, BTW is Flowers, a big company that uses many different brand names (anyone from the South remember Beebo? -now replaced by Bluebird).

    A good line of cakes that I discovered out west was Break Cake, by a company out of Texas called Campbell-Taggart, which has now been renamed "Earth Grains" (the accompanying bread brands include Rainbo and Colonial). In 1989, they had a truly delicious trio of cakes called Shake Cakes. They looked just like Zingers, only a little longer, but came vanilla, chocolate or strawberry (the cake AND the icing!) There was nothing else like these! Then, they stopped making them!
    I wished that company had merged with Drakes, and brought those to NY. NY did have Break's little round creme pies for a while in the early 90's, when they replaced the similar Royal products carried by Operative Cake Company ("Lady Linda"). But once again, the Shake Cakes were out of production by then!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/05 21:15:13 (permalink)
    Getting off the subject a little, didn't Dolly Madison host/advertise on the "Peanuts" specials during the 60's, 70's?...


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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/05 21:25:32 (permalink)
    Folded over like a taco, Dolly Madison Creme pies of my youth was a banana cake (at least that's how I remember them) with creme filling. Anybody else remember them?
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 00:06:34 (permalink)
    The Banana Flip. They still have those. Just saw them in Florida last month.
    But these were inherited from American Bakeries Corp. (Mickey Cakes) in the late 80's, so they are not originally Dolly Madison.
    Dolly's were always much better than the other manufacturer, Flowers (Beebo, Aunt Hannah, Mountain Farm, etc), in thich the cake was very dry and gritty (just like their "goldfingers" fake Twinkies three-in-a pack). But they also made chocolate and even a rare vanilla flip!
    I always grab a Dolly Madison banana flip when I see it somewhere.

    And yes, when I first saw Dolly Madisons in NYC in the early 70's, up until the current logo in the mid 80's, they had the Peanuts characters on every label.
    But now, the brand new Hostess labels coming out now have them! (At least holidays versions of the labels, like Charlie Brown carrying his little Christmas twig-er- tree.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 06:53:10 (permalink)
    The one's I had were purchased in the late 1950's; hadn't had nor seen one since. These never mentioned banana in the label, 'course that was some time ago.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 09:44:54 (permalink)
    Oh, wow!
    Well, that's before my time. (wonder what the Dolly Madison label looked like back then? I always kind of assumed it began in the 70's when I first saw them).

    But yes, Dolly Madison still has the banana flips (I should say it is yellow cake with banana creme), and if you don't see it in convenience stores in your area, you could try the local IBC (Merita, etc) bakery thrift store.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 11:33:29 (permalink)
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    I dunno, Hostess is pretty good. And as for Little Debbie being way, way, way down on the bottom like that, I totally do not agree. They're the best bang for the buck. Their Swiss Rolls are fantastic...far better than Yodells



    Agreed. The Swiss Cake Rolls are not only better than Hostess Ho-Hos, they are very cheap.

    I think ranking by brand is too general. Each brand has its winners.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 12:03:09 (permalink)
    Tastykake's cream-filled coffee cakes ... mmm. But my personal favorite snack cake is one I suspect they don't make anymore--Drake's Sunny Doodles, a yellow-cake version of the chocolate Yankee Doodles. Drake's is available here in Virginia but I haven't seen Sunny Doodles in years.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/06 12:16:25 (permalink)
    They still make Sunny Doodles; they are very common here in NY.
    But I wasn't sure whether they had them anywhere in Virginia!
    (Not Norfolk as of last March, at least!) Are you up by DC? (I know they were up there before, but I had heard they had pulled out of everywhere south of Delaware.
    I hope they are doing well wherever you are. But in areas like that, you are less likely to see all the products.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/07 06:14:51 (permalink)
    First time I ever had a Tastykake was from a Wa Wa in Allentown. This was in Feburary 2001. I was enroute Jersey City with 45,000 pounds of Asahai beer. The reason I remember? They were so damn good, that's why. I was hooked from that point on. I'm GLAD I can't get them out here. I don't need the pounds.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2005/12/12 16:57:03 (permalink)
    Would you believe I ate my first Twinkie the other day (at 56). I have eaten other types of "twinkie" knockoffs such as Little Debbie's, etc. Well, the original Twinkie was wonderful. Don't know why I haven't tried it before, but will definitely buy another box soon. We have a "Philly Cheese" restaurant here in Huntsville, AL, that sells some Tastey Cakes. I have tried them, they are OK.
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2006/01/07 04:38:44 (permalink)
    So Mickey cakes made the original Banana flips? Me and a friend about two years ago, were trying to remember who the first bakery was, to make these. Dolly Madison's are way to sweet. Don't even come close to tasting like the originals. I've noticed some of you listing your favorite bakeries. In Detroit Mi., we had Farm Crest located on Russell right off I-94 ( edsel ford freeway ). They had the best restaraunt style pies and donuts. We've got Awrey's to, but FARM CREST was the BEST!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2006/02/10 10:28:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by QFan

    quote:
    Originally posted by CaryMG

    It goes like *this

    Tastykake
    Drake's
    Hostess
    Dolly Madison





    Little Debbie

    There *is no discussion



    Yeah, and every single one of them I ever ate is still around my middle!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2006/02/10 10:30:07 (permalink)
    Tastykake taste more homemade then Little Debbie's. Little debbie's tends to get too sweet at times! Don't find a lot of Tastykakes down here in Geogia though!
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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2006/02/10 11:57:00 (permalink)
    Entenmans baby, good stuff. Otherwise its Hostess for me. I wish they still made the Twinkies with strawberry flavored substance mixed in with the white goo. Really miss the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pies, I think they were filled with vanilla pudding and coated with a green sugar glaze. Anything with a green sugar glaze is bound to be good.

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    RE: The Snack Cake Heirarchy ..... 2006/02/10 19:16:52 (permalink)
    When did Twinkies ever have strawberry filling? (I know they started out with banana, but I don;t remember them ever having strawberry). Might you be thinking of Drake's "Strawberry Shortcakes"? Now those I have always missed!
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