A LITTLE DEBBIE GOES A LONG WAY PART II: DEBBIE STRIKES BACK!!
Continuing on with our adventure through DebbieLand, we’ll take a look today at the perennial snack cakes that she has to offer.
Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes
Now these things are pretty darn good. A white frosting with chocolate cake. I can dig it! As I’ll get into with later entries, I’m not a big fan of chocolate on chocolate. Although these were not required eating in my house, I’ve had enough throughout the years that verify their success. The little chocolate chips on top are a nice touch as well. Perchance, I’ll pick these up again someday.
Ah. The very simply titled ‘Snack Cakes’. That’s very vague, isn’t it? I mean, pretty much all of Little Debbie’s output are “snack cakes”. Couldn’t they have at least come up with something like “Choctagons”? Yes, I know these cakes are hexagons, but Choctagons is catchier. The promo department must’ve called in sick the day these were named. But there is something to be said for not standing on ceremony and getting straight to the point and essence of what your product is. At least it’s not ALL chocolate and they managed to sneak some yellow cake in there. Little Debbie’s “Snack Cakes” are probably from which all of their other snack cakes are derived from. Fudge frosting, fudge filling, and yellow cake: a formula that would continue to use in a multitude of holiday variations. But, wait, there is one more granddaddy of all snack cakes…
Zebra Cakes! They would be the second half of the equation, using yellow cake, white icing and crème filling, and alongside Snack Cakes, they set the mold for the rest of the Debbie family of cakes. It’s a bit odd though. You’d think they’d want to pair up Zebra Cakes and their chocolaty sister cakes. They should call the Snack Cakes ‘Black Sheep Cakes’! Because they’re dark and chocolate, and zebra and sheep are animals with four legs. Yep, that’s all I got. Anyway, Zebra Cakes are great. I’m more enchanted with this yellow cake/crème filling formula through the various holiday cakes Little Debbie releases, but if it’s June 17th, WHAT’CHA GONNA DO, BROTHER ?! You gotta buy Zebra Cakes, that’s what.
So this is Little Debbie doing her/their/its best version of Hostess’ CupCakes. Apparently they haven’t perfected the art of leaving a glob of creme in the middle instead of just making a creme sandwich, though. Captain CupCake is not impressed. What’s with Debbie always doing the hexagons? Although I suppose much like Wendy’s claim that their square burgers give you more, that claim could be made here as well. Or not. I don’t know, it’s hard to figure out and I got Ds in math.
Whoa. Where the heck are these at ??? Apparently, they’re only available from July through December, but I don’t recall EVER seeing these things. They sound delicious though, I’m a sucker for orange flavored stuff! Orange cake? How can you go wrong?
Whoa, Part 2. Another oddity that I can’t recall ever seeing, this one is available only from January through June. Ah… I see you Little Debbie, pulling the ol’ cupcake switcheroo. These cupcakes simply must find their way into my mouth as well.
Welcome to the Dark Side. Is our sweet Little Debbie in league with the devil? Devil Squares, they also make Devil Cremes… What next? Devil’s Delight? Devil’s Island? Devil’s Triangle (A Triscuits rip-off, no less, I’m sure)? Most pacts with the devil are kept on the down low, but Little Debbie wears her association on her box (….). Soul selling aside, I gotta tell ya, I’m not a big fan of chocolate on chocolate stuff. There has to be a balance to snack cakes just as in life there must be a balance betwixt and between good & evil. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate cake. Real cake, home baked cake. But it just doesn’t seem to measure up in the snack cake form, it always seems so forced and tastes very manufactured. Factory produced chocolate cakes have proven to be of dubious quality, while yellow/vanilla flavored snack cakes are certainly passable. Don’t ask me why, that’s just the way Mother Nature intended.
Enter the Light. Fancy Cakes. Yes, Little Debbie has gone metropolitan. I think those clucking hens on ‘Sex and the City’ were seen eating these at all those fashion shows they went to. And rumor has it that Tom Cruise and Katie ‘Don’t Call Me Tweety-Bird’ Holmes had a full spread of these puppies at their well-to-do Paris wedding. Despite the inside joke humor I find in a cake being described as “moist” and adorning the name of ‘Fancy’ (Fancy Pies sounds more suitable to me…), this is something I could really get behind. White cake with white frosting? Much more lighter than a ‘Devil Square’, and it’s so formal and sophisticated looking. It truly is the snack cake of the aristocrats!
Frosted Fudge Cakes
Yes, I’ve made my case against fully loaded chocolate snack cakes. But the more I look at this picture… the more scrumptious these little things look! Perhaps it’s the use of the word fudge in the title that allures me.