Little Debbie

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carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2004/11/12 17:57:16
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?

carl reitz
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/13 13:19:49
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.
speechpeach
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 16:42:41
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.
creek rat
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 17:13:10
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.
Kristi S.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 17:59:45
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!
garykg6
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/14 18:10:47
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'.
emsmom
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/15 13:27:07
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.
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 08:21:41
When my Northern Friends come down they always bring me my fix of Tasty Cakes!Coffee Crumb and Chocolate!Enough for Six months.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 10:17:43
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.
Danmel
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 10:57:50
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.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:02:55


My kids always liked these during the holidays when they were younger. They called them "snacky cakes".
Mark in Ohio
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:18:22
[: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.
creek rat
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/11/18 11:30:30
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.
PinkPussycat
Junior Burger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 22:53:41
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.
6star
Filet Mignon
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 23:03:40
Here you go, PinkPussycat:

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

PinkPussycat
Junior Burger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/30 23:33:26
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.
jerseygirl127
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 07:50:48
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..... :)

jerseygirl127
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 07:52:59
ps....... but i'd kill for a 'funny bone' right about now......... can't get them here...... :(
lizardqueen1
Junior Burger
RE: Little Debbie 2004/12/31 08:51:39
Nutty Bars are the best!!!
Saint Matt
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/01/26 15:55:35
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.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/28 21:25:00
Little Debbies are the best! My favorite is the Frosted Fudge Cake.
creek rat
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 00:02:37
Little Debbies suck!!! Tastycakes are da best. Second street & Printers Alley NEED Tastycakes!!
meowzart
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 09:46:16
Ain't nuthin' little about this Debbie.


Now back to our regularly scheduled Little Debbie/Tastycake squabble.
Tristan Indiana
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 10:18:38
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
Rapunzll
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 10:38:09
My personal LD favorite are the banana twins, but my kids always liked the swiss cake rolls the best.
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 12:03:00
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.
creek rat
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 12:20:05
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!
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/03/29 16:00:02
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!
sizz_leteen
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/04/22 21:53:33
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. *^^*
stephiegirl
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/06/01 10:03:26
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?
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/06/02 19:25:50
They're totally different from each other. I love Tastykakes (trust me I really do), but I also love certain Little Debbie cakes. Little Debbies are always reasonably priced at the supermarket. You can get a box of them for .99. When you have little money and "have to have" something like that (or to pack in the kid's lunch, whatever), they're fine. I remember many a time when my daughter was little that I bought them. I like the Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls most. And the holiday themed ones. Keeping it real, though, I haven't bought them in at least three years since Weight Watchers...

Tastykakes are in another league altogether and don't get me started. Butterscotch krimpets were my downfall!
octopus
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/07/15 17:56:44
Little Debbie's are a good low cost alternative. However you can't touch Drake's. Ask Seinfeld The Coffee Cake rules.
creek rat
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/07/15 18:36:11
Drake's cakes are the worst. As bad as Little Debbies are they are much better than Drake's cakes. Who cares what Seinfeld likes. He is the product of New York snobbery. Nothing I repeat nothing beats those Tasty Cakes out of good ole Philly. Case closed!!!
Buckshot
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/07/15 20:46:48
Little Debbies have been a long time favorite of mine during duck hunting season. Very few times in the last fifteen years have I gone hunting without Little Debbies in my blind bag! They are accompanied by peanut butter and crackers and Slim Jims. My lab likes all of these goodies too!!!

Buckshot
Kaileen
Hamburger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/10/16 13:46:38
I've never heard of Tastykakes before now. But Little Debbies are good. We let the children pick out a box apiece that they can take for school snacks. And I usually have a box of something in my desk, along with the chocolate fudge Pop-Tarts.
kidtcha
Junior Burger
RE: Little Debbie 2005/10/29 09:51:41
I have to agree with you! I love both Tastykakes and Little Debbie. But only certain kinds from each brand. I haven't had a lot of the Tastykakes and use to stock up on them when I visited friends and family up in NJ/NY. Entimenn's(sp) is another "bakery" that I like. Their coffee cake was a big treat for the family when we went to visit grandpa up in NYC. They use to make a chocolate chip filled cake that I adored! I haven't seen it down here in VA for the last five years. I did get to pick up a box of it when I was in NJ last May!
quote:
Originally posted by shaynas_mom

They're totally different from each other. I love Tastykakes (trust me I really do), but I also love certain Little Debbie cakes. Little Debbies are always reasonably priced at the supermarket. You can get a box of them for .99. When you have little money and "have to have" something like that (or to pack in the kid's lunch, whatever), they're fine. I remember many a time when my daughter was little that I bought them. I like the Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls most. And the holiday themed ones. Keeping it real, though, I haven't bought them in at least three years since Weight Watchers...

Tastykakes are in another league altogether and don't get me started. Butterscotch krimpets were my downfall!

beacupcake
Junior Burger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/21 12:26:18
I grew up in MN and all we had were Little Debbies. My favorites were the Apple Spice cakes (which disappeared a few years ago) and the Swiss Cake Rolls. One summer day my best friend and I each devoured one whole box of our favorites...and I still love 'em.
roadrash
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/21 14:46:38
I love TastyKakes AND Little Debbies. I grew up in Maryland so my folks, bless 'em, could be finagled into getting both from time to time. Here's the Holy Grail for me:

TastyKake chocolate cupcakes
TastyKake KandyKakes (I believe they're called Tandykakes now or sumfin)
Little Debbie Nutty Bars

All of these culinary miracles should be refrigerated (though not frozen) prior to serving.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/21 17:49:48
Are little debbie's sold in Emmitsburg?

http://www.superchefblog.com/2004/10/columbus-day-special-chubbys-bbq-of.html
Ciaoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/21 18:39:44
I've tried a few TastyKake products and they're certainly good. But, I prefer Drakes products. I find them a little less sweet and more to my taste. I really like their Devil Dogs and Yankee Doodles--I think they use a lot of cocoa in their mix. Little Debbies IMO don't compare with either brand as to flavor, though their reasonable price makes them a good value. Entenmann's is pushing its line of snack packets (donuts, danish), but I don't find them to be as good as the same product in their bigger packages...maybe the one I had was "old."
SassyGritsAL
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/24 10:45:54
At a $1 a box at Dollar Tree you cant beat the price of Little Debbie's. The price at Wal-Mart for Hostess and others are $2.50 a box.
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/25 12:42:53
I grew up with the lunchlady at my elementary school wheeling a cart of Little Debbies around every day. They're available in most stores in NY state. I love the Nutty Bars and Star Crunches. Tastycakes have won my heart though with the Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes and Butterscotch Krimpets. I find though that I have to go down an alley, knock three times and give the password to find them in NYC. My final thought: FUNNY BONES RULE MY WORLD! My mom just sent me a care package and it was nothing but two boxes of Funny Bones taped together! When my dad was alive, he and I used to eat the Bones together and watch cartoons on his day off, so they have great memories for me.
fabulousoyster
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/28 23:44:04
The ZEBRA CAKES are the only Little Debbie's I buy, they look so elegant and taste so wonderful for a tea.
stephiegirl
Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/07/31 10:18:42
Has anyone tried the newest Little Debbie? They are Coconut Creme Rolls. I spotted them at Wal-Mart yesterday and they are pretty good. They look a lot like the Strawberry Shortcake Rolls except the creme inside is coconut flavored and has little pieces of coconut. I wish they still made the coconut sticks and mint sticks, both were excellent snacks!
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/08/04 03:44:43
I don't know if anybody on here lives in NYC, but I just found a treasure trove of Tastykakes at the CVS drugstore on Fulton Street in Manhattan. Its about 6 blocks from the South Street Seaport and about 5 block from Ground Zero. I live down here and went in to get photos developed. They had Butterscotch Krimpets, Jelly Krimpets, Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes (my favorite!), Chocolate Cupcakes (with chocolate icing, creme filledm white icing, Koffee Kakes (and creme filled)!
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/08/07 15:33:17
I think they still make the coconut rounds with the red jelly inside.I thought I saw some at both H.E.B.Grocery Store and Walmart here in town.
We used to buy Little Debbie's all the time.They are cheap and tasty.Also,I have seen at Walmart,Mrs.Freshly's brownies,etc.They too are pretty good.They don't sell Tastykakes here in the San Antonio area.You can by Bimbo products from Mexico,like pound cake, cupcakes,etc here.Their trade mark is a little bear.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Little Debbie 2006/08/11 17:10:15
By the way,I saw at HEB last night some new cakes from Little Debbies, they are lemon merigune rolls and coconut creme rolls.