Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tastykake Kandy Kakes Summer Flavors!

I know summer is almost over, but I've wanted to mention these ever since I saw them back in July. So, put down the pumpkin spice flavored whatever, and stick around for a couple of paragraphs.

Have I mentioned before that the Kandy Kakes are my favorite out of all the sweet snack cakes out there? Well, if I made that claim for anything else, just ignore it. Today I set the record straight: Kandy Kakes are my favorites.  More specifically, the Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes. I've loved them since I was a wee lad, and the only thing that prevents me from buying a three pack every time I'm at the grocery store is the realization that I"m getting old, and I probably shouldn't consume 500 calories worth of processed fat and sugar on a daily basis.  They're a very versatile snack, tasting equally good slightly chilled, or at room temperature. We're not here to talk about PBKK's though. I'm here to show off Tastykake's new summer lineup, specifically Orange Creme and Key Lime.

I'll admit, when I took this picture, I accidentally mixed up the package, and forgot which was which. Both are covered in a thick, white confectionary coating, and look nearly identical. Ah, but as Toucan Sam used to say, follow your nose. Even with the confectioner coating, both are easily distinguishable with a brief whiff. And boy, are they pleasing to the nose. The flavors are absolutely spot on as well.

The Orange Creme was probably my favorite of the two. Originally, I was skeptical about how well it would work in a snack cake. But then I took my first bite, and it took me back those afternoons I would get home from school, and go digging around in our large deep freezer, looking for a frozen snack. More often than not, I would come up with a freezer burnt, generic brand Fudgesicle. Sometimes though, I would discover a Creamsicle, usually the kind with two sticks that was supposed to be broken in half and shared. Since I was an only child, I only had to share it with myself.  I was worried the orange in the Orange Creme would be overpowering, but it's nice and mellow without being too sour. I have to admit that it's been a couple years since I've had one of the frozen orange and creme desserts, but I feel like these work as a substitute. Toss them in the fridge for a few minutes, and you'll have a cool, orange-y and creme-y treat.

Key Lime was the most surprising of the two flavors. It seems to be a flavor that gives snack cake and fruit pie makers some trouble. The Krispy Kreme Key Lime Pie, by way of example,  managed to be tart, yet it was still bland. Don't worry though, while Krispy Kreme may have had some trouble pulling it off, Tastykake has knocked Key Lime out of the park. One of my favorite aspects of these kakes is how the flavor hits you as soon as you break that confectionary seal. This is especially true of the Key Lime flavor, where its tartness is immediately balanced out by the sweetness of the coating. I also like how a graham cracker cake was used in place of the standard yellow cake. The flavor is subtle and nearly overpowered by the lime, but it's still appreciated.

So, if you're as big a fan of Tastykakes as I am, you owe it to yourself to at least give these a shot. Plus, they're less than 100 calories per cake. That's a higher flavor to calorie quotient than almost everything else out there.


  1. Hey,Chris!I got a new site http://toy-break.blogspot.com/ Give It a quick look see If you get the chance.I've deleted my old site.And stop writing these delicious posts .You sure know how to sell a Tasty Kake ;)

    1. You go through blogs like I go through shoes! :-p I'll have to add it to the blog roll.

      I can only hope Tastykake decides to give me a job as a taste tester or ad writer. A man can dream..


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