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  • MarkG Aug 9, 2007 06:23 AM

this is now a national brand more or less. any way, how do feel about their products?? what are your faves?? how do their products compare to what was being marketed ten or more years ago??

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  1. Entenmann's pastries, etc. are hit or miss in my neighborhood. At times you can purchase a fresh box, and on another occasion the stuff tastes stale; that's even though the particular item has not reached its stamped expiration date.

    Apart from that, when fresh, I enjoy the Entenmann's Guava Puffs. I love guava, and usually purchase the guava pastries in my Jackson Heights neighorhood. Although, when a quick fix is needed, or I'm too lazy to walk to one of the bakeries, I opt for Entenmann's. The Entenmann's chocoloate covered yellow donut also seems to have that strange addictive quality for me as well.

    1. the chocolate donuts - but only out of the fridge where the chocolate has that great crackability!

      i've also long been a sucker for the sour cream chip and nut loaf.

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      1. re: harrison

        harrison, the "crackability" factor is an important one. Perhaps it has to do with the fond memories I have of ordering ice cream on a stick with that similar chocolate covered coating from the neighborhood ice cream trucks or at my local bodegas.

        1. re: sandrina

          The ice cream truck still tours my neighbourhood, but something happened to the chocolate coating years ago... it is now just unbearably waxy and has no chocolate flavour. It's pretty much inedible. Now I wasn't *as* picky at 5 years old, but I'm pretty sure it changed somewhere along the line. Sad.. it made soft serve ice cream a treat!

          1. re: julesrules

            I second (or third, or whatever) the chocolate donuts. My sister particularly loves them because they remind her of the old Helms Man chocolate donuts.

            1. re: julesrules

              Yeah, the chocolate is super waxy now. You can actually peel it off in one go, kind of like the wax shell on the Babybel cheese.

              1. re: piccola

                Too waxy, doesn't taste like chocolate at all. Every time I pass them in the store, I have to remind myself to NOT buy them, they don't live up to childhood memory.

          2. re: harrison

            Another vote for the chocolate covered donuts! But the chocolate chip cookies are way overrated. Perhaps I had too many of them in my childhood. I associate Entenmann's with trips to the Entenmann's outlet store with my mom when I was a kid (25+ years ago, sigh) in NJ. Things were priced based on how close to (or beyond) the expiration date they were. Mom always "splurged" and got the ones that were "freshest" - among those that were nearly expired, that is.

            1. re: 2m8ohed

              I made those trips to - the one on rt 23 near willowbrook mall. i remember the different color stripes on the boxes. i think wednesday was like 1/2 off or something. except for me, it's 30+ years..double sigh

          3. Entenmann's evokes happy childhood memories for me. The donuts with the crunchies on top were always a special treat. Nowawdays when I go home to visit, mom usually has an Entenmann's box on hand for the occasion - most often the Louisiana Crunch Cake, Crumb Lovers Coffee Cake, or a chocolate loaf cake of some sort. Mmmm!

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            1. re: alt11

              It's funny how Entenmann's is SUCH a 'mom' or grandma thing.

              The crunch doughnuts (like coffee cake) are yummy too!

              I also liked the brownie icing (peelable) and the chocolate and bannana cake--the cheese coffee cake is excellent as well!

            2. I love th devils food cake with marshmallow icing but can't find it anywhere around Seattle. I usually get my fix when I go back east where every store seems to have a huge Entenmanns display.

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              1. re: stolenchange

                Find the Entenmann's outlet store in Seattle. If it is sold anywhere out there, day old (and sometimes still fresh dated) devils food cake will be there.

              2. I confess to an occasional craving for their cheese-filled crumb coffeecake. It does taste like ersatz cheese (and has for many years) but fills the need when I need a fix.

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                1. re: DonShirer

                  Yeah, on the rare occasions that I buy the cheese-filled coffeecake, it's usually gone by midnight. Love that.

                  I hate that the straight glazed doughnut is now available only in the mixed box of doughnuts instead of in its own package (at least in my area): I love those but actually don't care for any of the others.

                  1. re: DonShirer

                    I didn't even need the protein and the calcium benefits of cheese filled. I just needed the mega-empty-calories of the regular crumb cake. The white one covered in a pound and a half of 10x sugar, not the crunchier brown one.

                    I have eaten an entire cake in a day. Several times.

                    That's why they haven't been allowed on my property for six years.

                    1. re: Panini Guy

                      Sigh, Entenmann's crumbcake. Staple at family breakfast, right along with dads fabulous omelets and mom's luscious french toast. Makes me wish "home" wasn't 3,000 miles away!

                      1. re: Panini Guy

                        Oh yes. The crumbcake. Does Entenmann's make anything else? I can't bring this into my home either. I will eat the entire thing one small square at a time (it seems more virtuous that way) in ONE day. Don't fret, Panini Guy, you are not alone. My mom used to stop at the outlet on Long Island on the way to see my gram and gramps in Floral Park. This will always bring back good memories for me. Ah, to be young and have a decent metabolism....those were the days!!!

                    2. My mother was a chowhound way back when, so even though Entenmann's was available, I never ate it. My mother only bought bakery cakes - never grocery store brands, even if they were made here on LI.

                      I discovered Entenmann's when I got married - my mother-in-law has always felt that they were a proper dinner gift when she came here or to my mother's (to my mother's horror!)

                      I'm not a big cake eater - prefer the mushy stuff, but their pound cake is still my favorite.

                      1. My wife loved their Pineapple Crunch Cake, but we can't find it anywhere anymore.

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                        1. re: KevinB

                          I used to love the Banana Crunch Cake with that chocolate swirl over the top.

                        2. rich frosted donuts have always been a family favorite. but i also seem to have many memories from college in which the marshmallow devil's food cake figures prominently... mostly late at night, with friends, after studying really hard... yeah, that's it. we were hungry from studying.

                          1. I probably haven't had an Enterman's in about 10 years, but they seem to compare by having a longer and more preservative-laden ingredient list. That started to make me bypass them.

                            Funny, but I always thought they were a West Coast brand despite the fact the started in NY and based in NJ. I never saw them until I moved a few decades back from CT/MA to CA.
                            http://entenmanns.gwbakeries.com/hist...

                            My favorites were the pound cake, danish and cheese crumb cake. The donuts were good for a boxed variety. The only pie I like is the pumpkin.

                            Looking at the product list, some of the items must be regional. I've never seen the Entermann's red velvet cake in the SF area. Even though I don't buy, I do see what they sell when I'm in the market.

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                            1. re: rworange

                              Entenmanns started in the NYC area with a huge bakery in Nassau County. they have opened other baking facilities across the country.

                            2. I find them overly sweet and cloying.

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                              1. re: smartie

                                ...and stale and tasting of preservatives.

                              2. Glazed Popems are dangerous b/c one you pop, you can't stop!

                                I used to really like the Ultimate Crumb Cake that came in a cake pan (unlike the other crumb cake options that either come in square shape or rectangle)... I don't know what happened to this cake, but it had SOOOO much streusel and minimal (though still moist and gooey) cake.

                                Louisiana Crunch Cake is good, but I tend to just pick off the outside coating rather than eating the cake part.

                                1. Perhaps I'm older than others who have posted here. Entenmann's was MUCH better many years ago. Their current product line belongs to a different universe.

                                  It was once a family business that mimicked the logo and product line of Ebinger's, a Brooklyn bakery of similar lineage which may have been the best large commercial bakery on the planet.

                                  Entenmann's products were much more mass market in style than Ebinger's (i.e., they didn't taste as good), were more widely available (you could get them at supermarkets while Ebinger's sold only at their own stores), and were cheaper. But they were pretty good for what they were. Growing up in Flatbush, we thought of Entenmann's as the cheap Ebinger knockoff.

                                  At some point in the sixties, both Ebinger's and Entenmann's decided to grow. But Ebinger's continued to produce top-line hand made goodies, by the thousands, most with a shelf life of one day or less. They went bust in the early seventies. More than 30 years later, people of my background still search desperately for Ebinger recipes, all of which were apparently lost.

                                  By contrast, Entenmann's built the world's biggest bakery, laid on the sugar and preservatives, phased out the butter, and became a very big, successful business. I'm not sure what this says about consumer tastes - I'm not sure I want to know.

                                  As a long time resident of Toronto, I'm embarrassed to admit that Entenmann's now belongs to us. Somewhere along the way they became part of Weston's, Canada's biggest low-end baker. Their current products may be the best of their type, but their type is pretty near the bottom.

                                  Ignoring individual taste quirks, you can identify leftover Entenmann's products from the old days (which are their best) fairly easily. Look for relatively short ingredient lists that contain ingredients you can pronounce and spell. In appropriate cakes (e.g., coffee cakes), look for the magic word "butter".

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                                  1. re: embee

                                    Here Here but sad to saythat jfood agrees. He was about to post the contrarian view you expressed and am glad others feel this.

                                    When jfood was growing up in NJ in the 60's, entemann's was the only choice other than the local bakery which had a great 7-layer cake and cupcakes.

                                    Fro the supermarket entemann's and ebingers were kings. Over the years ebingers disappeared and entemann's quality disappeared. jfood tried a few products in the 90's and they were ghastly. the chocolate covered donuts leaving a waxey film on the roof of jfood's mouth, blech.

                                    Today jfood still looks at the boxes on entemann's in the grocer and everynow and then picks one up. then he remembers how good those chocolate donuts, crunchy chocolate donuts, marshmallow covered chocolate cake, cheese rings, nut rings, etc were in the 60's and how bad they were in the 90's and puts it back. sometimes memories of great rpoducts will only be that, a great memory.

                                    and wrt ebinger's, the blackout cake will remain the single greatest contribution to chocolate cake lore.

                                    1. re: jfood

                                      jfood is not the first person I have heard complain about waxy chocolate on Entenmann's donuts... and I am sorry to hear it. The thing is, I still eat the Entenmann's rich frosted donuts (granted, I was not alive in the '60s- but don't hold it against me!) and I think they are the same as they have been since the at least the '70's... very chocolately frosting, fresh cake (when your timing is right) and those definitive crispy pockets of crunch around the bottom perimeter. Do you think its possible that the products they distribute here in NYC are better than others? I am definitely going to check out the ingredient list next time and make sure there is actual butter in them... they do taste like it, but you never know. OTOH, I have noticed that the marshmallow cake has gone way downhill since the '80s... I am now afraid to try the pecan ring, a family staple during my childhood, lest it be too painful.

                                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                                        OMG the ring of crunch totally forgot. jfood used to eat around the outside leaving that ring for last, then a big smile and 3-4 bites of pure pleasure.

                                    2. re: embee

                                      Maybe not totally lost.

                                      A recipe for Ebingers Blackout Cake.

                                      http://www.azcakerecipes.com/ebingers...

                                    3. Their pound cake is good but my true love is Louisiana Crunch Cake. My dad got me into it when was a kid. I would mug my 87 year old grandma for the last box on the shelf!

                                      1. I never buy them any more. Dry, too much sugary icing on top.

                                        In the 50's and 60's the Dugan's (Duggan's?) bakery truck used to come around our neighborhood in suburban NJ., selling coffee cakes, etc. When that stopped, my dad would bring home coffee cake and fresh rye bread from Newark. When the last of the
                                        bakeries closed, we started eating Entenmann's. Somehow I associated them with Dugan's in my head: maybe the typeface and navy blue logo.
                                        Our favorites, or should I say my Dad's, were the Peacan Danish Ring and the Walnut Danish Ring. I would buy these and bring to work here in the midwest in the 80's and early 90's.
                                        I really can't stand all the sugary icing that bakeries seem to feel is required these days.
                                        p.j.

                                        1. Let's talk about the quality in the 50s and 60s, rather than 10 years ago. I guess you had to be there. My husband worked for the Entenmanns in the mid '60s as a benchman right after he got out of the service: they were in Bayshore NY, and I believe had been since the early part of the century (very early roots in Brooklyn or Queens?) They recently closed that facility due to high transportation costs in our area. What a slap in the face! But the nail was in the coffin back in the '70s when they were bought out by someone, then someone else, etc (General Mills, and Proctor and Gamble were definitely involved). So there's no way they can be what they were back when the family had their 10 AM daily "meeting" to taste test random samples of their product! Luckily the family is still alive and well, they are our neighbors here on the East End of Long Island and have a thriving vineyard/thoroughbred breeding facitlity/ petting zoo/OK it's a tourist attraction (Martha Clara Vinyard) and although they are getting on in years are quite active and the nicest people you'll ever meet.
                                          A few of the best of the best: their Blackout Cake was my favorite, I personally like it as much as Ebingers (I think it was creamier): my husband's favorite was the Raspberry Struedel, and my father could have lived on the Coffee Cake ring with nuts (pecans I think). But every single thing they made was fit for a king! I don't think I could stand to eat it nowadays.

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                                          1. re: coll

                                            I had no connection with the company, but I'm inclined to agree with you. Entenmann's never tasted as good as Ebinger's to me, but their stuff was certainly very good. Remember that Ebinger's made what were essentially homemade cakes on a massive scale. Entenmann's was already a mass market product by the sixties. But it was a good mass market product.

                                            As I mentioned in my earlier post, Entenmann's is now owned by Toronto's gigantic Weston bakers, proud Canadian producer of Wonder Bread. The only thing similar to that era is the Entenmann's name. Up to, perhaps, five or so years ago, I would find an Entenmann product that tasted like the old days. Most have disappeared. There are products with the same names, but the ingredients list is now twice as long, the butter is missing, the profusion of nuts, for example, is now a sprinkle, and they just don't taste very good.

                                            1. re: embee

                                              Grupo Bimbo acquired the U.S. Weston operation in 2002. Today I called the local 'Entenmanns' outlet in El Segundo, Cal. and it answers as a 'Bimbo' outlet. They seem to hide their name except on displays in Latino oriented markets. I'm not impressed by the Bimbo name products - even more junk in them than products from American megacorps.
                                              I visited the outlet and was surprised to see varieties of Oroweat, Milton's and other label breads that I had not seen recently. If you read the low contrast fine print, some of the Oroweat varieties didn't contain HFCS - news to me.
                                              The donut holes looked enticing but contained the usual HFCS and preservatives.

                                              1. re: DiveFan

                                                Bimbo also now owns Mrs. Baird's, a legendary Texas brand of baked goods: they've had a similar downturn in quality recently.

                                                1. re: DiveFan

                                                  To clarify a bit more, Bimbo bought only Weston's "western division". Actually, I was expecting to find that Bimbo was, itself, part of Weston's, which is everywhere. But, apparently, they are not connected.

                                                  The Entenmann's products are made by Weston. Bimbo has a license to distribute these products in a specific region, but doesn't manufacture the Entenmann's line themselves.

                                                  (Weston also owns Fortnum & Mason in the UK, one of the highest end food stores in the world, and Loblaw's in Canada, whose "President's Choice" products are often exceptional. But these connections have never rubbed off on Weston Bakers, whose products are resolutely banal or worse.)

                                                  1. re: embee

                                                    Threadjacking only for a moment to point out that Loblaw's PC Butter Oatmeal cookie is simply outstanding. Those and Christies' Fudgee-Os always end up in my suitcase coming home from Toronto.

                                              2. re: coll

                                                what a shame but inevitable in this corporate world. however i still think the chocolate donuts are very good.

                                                1. re: coll

                                                  coll -- are we related?

                                                  Blackout Cake whihc you can still fins in some places, though not here

                                                  Rapberry Struedel and coffee cake ring!!!

                                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                                    I wouldn't be surprised! Now I'm going to have to look at the Entenmanns display when I go shopping, haven't done that in quite a while. All I ever notice walking by is donuts.

                                                2. That cheese filled coffee cake has spoiled many diets for me. Microwave for about 15 seconds and it takes it to a whole new level. For chocolate donuts with that milky waxy coating, I've always been partial to Van de Kamp's. Never had Ebinger's blackout cake but The New York Cookbook has a recipe and story about it.

                                                  1. I've always liked their coffee cake, and my entire family went into mourning when they stopped selling devil's food crumb donuts in our area. It's been years since I've had one, but I go look longingly at the Entenmann's rack every time I'm at the grocery store, just in case.

                                                    1. I eat a very limited number of Entenmann products, because I find many of them too sweet, too heavily frosted. And I think their cookies are dreadful. But I like a few things, including a couple of their coffeecakes - pecan ring, or something like that. Didn't they used to have a pineapple loaf?

                                                      My main gripe lately is their packaging. It's impossible to open them easily without a knife.

                                                      1. I was born and raised in California, so i'm partial to VanDeKamps baked goods. Untill I met my husband, who opened my eyes to Entenmann's. (His family is all from NY) I adore the cinnamon Pop'ems, and here in Vegas, they can be a challenge to find. The Super-Walmarts used to carry them regularly, not so anymore. Albertson's does carry a larger selection than most stores in town.

                                                        My hubby can eat a FULL cream-cheese coffee-cake all by himself in under 24 hours. Just 2 days ago, the slice he cut for himself was almost half the box! He's never done the heat it in the micro trick, i'll be sure to pass that idea along to him soon! This is the same guy who constantally tells me "I don't really enjoy dessert, or sweets" Yeah, RIGHT..I really believe him.

                                                        Wish I could have tasted what the old Entenmann's used to taste like, back in the older days. I bet it was as good (or better) than my glory days of loving every bite of VDK's coconut cake. I still dream about how good that used to be!

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                                                        1. re: Honeychan

                                                          I'm 33 and I'm not sure if it's just that my palate has changed, but I think that Entemann's was better in the late 70s and early 80s, even...

                                                          For some reason, I think when they started to expand their product range and made the fat free raspberry strudel and more snack cakes, the quality started to decline a bit.

                                                          And yeah, as a fat kid I remember polishing off lots of their desserts pretty damn fast, and in high school bringing in a cake for one of my friend's birthdays, and 3 girls polishing off the entire thing in the school lunch room!

                                                          1. re: veganish

                                                            I think you hit it. The quality across all products declined about the time they went low fat and fat free. That was about thee time I stopped buying Entermann's.

                                                        2. I miss their cupcakes with that huge thick layer of chocolate icing. I haven't seen that in a while. I still appreciate how many of their products are marked Kosher. THank you.

                                                          1. Growing up in the NY area in the 70's and early 80's, competition for Entenmann's came from the elusive Freihofer's...(especially the choc.chip cookies) that you could only get in upstate NY. Anyone coming back from college was required to make a grocery store stop before heading home.

                                                            Now I see they are owned by the same parent company and don't even list cookies as a product on their website. Do they still make them?

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                                                            1. re: MSK

                                                              Their chocolate chip cookies didn't last long in my house as a kid. Although I'll say the quality has changed, the taste is different and they go stale faster.

                                                              I love putting a slice of their choc chip crumb loaf in the microwave for 10 seconds, to get it warm and melt the chips...yummy

                                                              1. re: MSK

                                                                Freihofers!!! Back in 1981 my best friend in Stamford was dating a girl from Ridgewood, NJ. We did not get Friehofer's in Stamford, but they were available in North Jersey and it was a necessity that he brought back a box of Freihofers chocolate chip cookies with each of his frequent visits. They were better than Entenmann's cookies. But none of the other Frieihofer stuff seemed to fare as well.

                                                                1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                  Freihofers never gave entemann and ebingers a run for thir money in elizabeth nj. entemanns was king of the cakes, except blackout, and burry bisquit baked most of their cookies down the street so they were toasty fresh. noone would be caught eating freihofer triple-c's with the other factory in town.

                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                    I think it was partly the mystique of an item so difficult to get. Once they were available in a greater geographical region, the appeal seemed to wane.

                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                      Growing up in Queens, NY in the 60's, the choices were Entenmanns and Ebingers from the supermarket or Dugans, and they were delivered to your door by a little delivery truck. My father was a fan of their blackout cake, so it was a weekly staple. They used to leave your cookies and cakes right on top of the milk box!

                                                                  2. re: MSK

                                                                    I grew up on LI in the 70's, where obviously we had Entenmann's but no Friehofer's, and went to sleepaway camp in the Poconos. It was the biggest treat when the camp counselors had their day off and would come back with Freihofer's chocolate chip cookies!

                                                                  3. Although I'm not a fan of grocery store desserts, I think I could eat an entire Entenmann's all-butter loaf (any flavor) in one sitting. Those rock! The cupcakes are pretty good too.

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                                                                    1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                      Those are the magic words: "all butter".

                                                                    2. french cream filled crumb cake...sadly only available on a very limited basis. Creamy, sweet, and even great frozen. I think they've gotten to commercial and the size of the cakes and all has been reduced

                                                                      1. I grew up with Entenmann's, mostly my mother bought the chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cakes with frosting. We loved them. Now, in my late 30's, I always see Entenmann's in the grocery stores and am tempted to buy something, but just never do, so it has been about 20+ years since I've had an Entenmann's product.

                                                                        About 2 weeks ago, a friend came for a BBQ at my house and brought and Entenmann's apple pie. I'm not sure if I have just become such a Chowhound and/or a food snob, but this had to be the worst apple pie that I ever tasted (and I'm not picky!). As soon as my friend and her husband left, I dumped the whole thing in the garbage. My husband, who doesn't like apple pie anyway, said "that bad, huh?".

                                                                        1. Have not had this for years...Used to love the crunch cake and the crumb coffee cake...

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                                                                          1. re: jinet12

                                                                            Let me give you a little insight on Entenmann's. I have worked for George Weston for 25+ years and I can say that Entenmann's is on a death spiral. Costs keep escalating, so prices have to go up. The higher they go the less people will by the products. There have been many attempts to change ingredients I/E cheaper with disastrous results. Many Ent. products are made at the Freihofer’s plant in Albany, NY. All Little Bites are produced in Albany. Entenmanns has not made a profit in over 10 years and I predict they will either be shut down or sold off soon. The Thomas/Arnold brands of GWB are the cash cow of the corporation and that is where all the R&D and advertising dollars are going. Don't look for better quality or new products as long as GWB owns them.

                                                                            1. re: dbta

                                                                              I looove their crumb cake and try to make one last a couple of days. Delicious with a large mug of coffee.

                                                                          2. I cannot see the attraction, they are too sweet, too dense and stick to the roof of my mouth.. I would rather make a Betty Crocker cake and that's saying something.

                                                                            1. The only Entenmann's product I ever bought, and this was 20 or so years ago, were these delicious little cookies. They had spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds, and I'm not sure if they were butter cookies or shortbread, but they were light and delicious. I could have eaten the whole box all by myself. They were a special treat in our house, and when they stopped selling those, I never bought anything else.

                                                                              1. They used to make a carrot cake with vanilla icing that was great. I haven't seen it in years.

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                                                                                1. re: marmite

                                                                                  The carrot cake with a sour cream frosting is available out here in CA, usually in a mini cake size which is only 2.99. They also have chocolate on chocolate and some sort of frosted white cake. The chocolate is good for a cheap thrill.

                                                                                2. love their pecan danish ring...and the all butter loaf (even better lightly toasted) with some fresh fruit and whipped cream is just great

                                                                                  1. Can't believe that no one has mentioned my favorite: sour cream chip and nut loaf. I loved that cake but it's not available here in the southeast --just the super sweet donuts and coffee cakes with heavy icing. Ugh!

                                                                                    Other varieties I miss (not sure if they are still made) are their coconut custard pie, lemon coconut cake, and the filled chocolate chip cake.

                                                                                    1. wow, i grew up with an Entemann's factory in my neighborhood (queens) and my parents bought the stuff all the time, so did everyone else.

                                                                                      When i was living in miami, they were there too, though not as popular. BUT they had things in the Miami Ent. lineup that no one else has!! they have guava and cheese danishes! the biggest seller being the guava cheese twist danish.

                                                                                      i also loved their coffee cake, chocolate cake, cheese pie, raspberry twist dansh

                                                                                      1. Entenmann's offerings seem to be somewhat regional. In Maryland I used to get their sticky rolls but in Chicago the salesman tells me they don't distribute them here. Also there was a Cinnamon Twist coffee cake---I don't know whether that was regional or they just discontinued it. Is anybody still getting the sticky rolls?

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                                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                                          Yes, they make them in Ct. My daughter & I try to get the boxes where the frosting machine went nuts & dropped huge amounts of vanilla frosting. I could eat a box of these rolls by myself, and I usually don't have much interest in food. Same for their hot cross buns.

                                                                                          Ja, some of their food tastes strange & is inedible, but when they hit it right with the pastries, they're fabulous. After a semi-annual trip to the outlet store my weight goes from 125 to 137 in a week. (I don't have a freezer.)

                                                                                        2. The devil's food crumb donuts are heaven in a box. They are still as good as they used to be, as long as you don't buy the mixed box of chocolate donuts - I think they use leftovers for those.

                                                                                          1. We usually don't partake, except in "rush and need a quick snack" situations.

                                                                                            There is, however, one exception. We always take a box of the chocolate crumb donuts with us the morning we leave for our annual vacation at the Outer Banks. There's something about the tradition of eating those with coffee as we drive east, just to tide us over until we reach a reasonable breakfast stop.

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                                                                                            1. re: jmckee

                                                                                              As several others have noted, the quality of entenmanns donuts took a steep dive in the mid nineties when they quite obviously changed the recipie to make them cheaper. they became a yucky, sticky mess. I stopped eating them except maybe once a year, as i'd forget they stopped tasting good, then i'd remember after eating.

                                                                                              Well i'm happy to report that somethig has changed for the better! This most recent box I bought reminds me of the old Entenmanns. Its an Echo of it id say. There is still less frosting on the rich frosted chocolate donuts then there used to be, but it crackles again on a cold morning, and it tastes enormously better, like I remember it tasting, almost. Yay!

                                                                                              1. re: hal_zero

                                                                                                Don't do this to me. I'd managed to forget how amazing those chocolate glazed donuts were, esp. with cold milk. The crackle! Now they're back when I can't do them anymore--having only one would be impossible. But enjoy.

                                                                                                1. re: hal_zero

                                                                                                  ditto what bob96 said. i had resigned myself to just never picking up those white boxes ever again... and now i'm thinking about chocolate frosted (yellow) doughnuts and marshmallow iced chocolate cake, neither of which I really need!

                                                                                              2. the chocolate cover donuts, of course. but does anyone else remember the cinnamon danish twist? that was my favorite.

                                                                                                1. I am years late to this party, but I have to say that Entenmann's was the mainstay of the women in my college dorm. We knew when the truck delivered to the nearby grocery stores. We loved the blackout cake but my favorite was a ring cake that was studded with chocolate chips and covered with a thick swiss chocolate frosting. The quality of everything is now abysmal. The blackout cake has been discontinued. The distribution system is ridiculous. Very small deliveries of the same thing, week after week, month after month. You can hardly find them in the store anymore because it is such a small selection. But it doesn't matter - I haven't found one worth buying in years. Really sad.

                                                                                                  1. I've never bought any Enteman's products myself, but a few months ago my son's then roommate bought some donuts. They were awful. She couldn't finish the box. They weren't exactly stale . . . they were just sort of off somehow. We ended up tossing them.

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                                                                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                      I had them way back in college and they were a go-to for college students but I tried a donut hole recently, covered in chocolate. It was like chocolate flavored wax. I didn't finish it.

                                                                                                    2. I love their Sour Cream Loaf. Delicious with vanilla ice cream, or in a sundae. Also good just by itself.

                                                                                                      Also like their Louisiana Crunch Cake and Lemon Crunch Cake (is this still available? used to see them in NYC, but never in miami). There's a lot of variability in the quality of production, however.

                                                                                                      Detest just about everything else of theirs that I've tried (coffee cake, donuts, cookies).

                                                                                                      1. Did anyone notice that about 2 years ago, I think, they shrank the sizes of their products?

                                                                                                        I hadn't bought any of their products in a number of months, and then one day I went to buy a cake and noticed that it seemed a lot smaller.

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                                                                                                        1. re: racer x

                                                                                                          Either that or we're getting bigger! I definitely noticed the same thing with Mallomars.

                                                                                                          1. re: racer x

                                                                                                            I was at a family gathering recently where someone brought a chocolate-frosted yellow cake from Entenmann's. The box looked like a normal size- the cake was definitely a miniature! Not only was the square aluminum pan no more than 7 inches per side, but it was about 1.5 inches high! I mean tiny! We couldn't get over it. We might have felt cheated, had the cake been any good. It was awful.

                                                                                                          2. I was raised in Queens, NY back in the 60's....Entemann's had the best pound cake, crumb cake & donuts with crunchies! Oh, and their cheese danish was good too. Haven't had it in years though but it's my understanding that the quality has changed. I prefer to remember Entemann's for the way it used to be

                                                                                                            1. Growing up in the 50's/60's in the waterfront suburbs of Long Island, NY - Entemann's was KING!! Like nearly everything else in this world, many changes have been made since then, but apart from the exclusions & additions of products - something that's bound to happen with food companies - I've found Entemann's quality to have stood the test of time. Even the size of their products hasn't changed much (in vast comparison to, say, Dunkin Donuts, whose pastries grow visibly smaller every year).

                                                                                                              I'm not much of a sweet eater, but there were/are certain Entemann's products that I crave once in awhile. First & foremost - the crumb-topped coffee cake. Heaven. And know they make one with extra crumb topping (like my hips really need that - lol!). I'm also fond of their Raspberry, Cheese, & Raspberry-Cheese Strudel/Cake, as well as their donut varieties. One item that I don't believe they make anymore was my hands-down favorite as a kid. It looked like a plain square frosted dark chocolate cake, but the cake part was actually chocolate-spice, which made a big difference in the flavor. I don't remember exactly what it was called, but it was heavenly. My mom used to buy it once in awhile, & it was one of the few things that truly cried out for a big glass of cold milk (something that I normally spurned as a child).

                                                                                                              1. They are regional and sometimey. In the Washington DC area we used to get sticky cinnamon rolls and a cinnamon coffee cake---have never seen either one in Chicago, where the strudely apple pastry seems to have become extinct.

                                                                                                                1. These are the ultimate processed food. Nonetheless, these bring back memories of my childhood in the 80s when we would have a treat in our lunchbox or have a cake when guests came over. Nowadays, I think most people would be embarrassed to serve/bring an Entenmann's product.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                    Entenmann's is not Entenmann's anymore, so don't feel beholden to your memories. It's gone, gone, gone, sad to say; never to return. It's been owned by so many corporations since the Entenmanns that there's no going back.

                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                      Sorry - but I'll still guiltily enjoy an occasional Entemann's treat, regardless of who owns the company now. Who really cares who owns the company (except for food snobs) if the product still satisfies a craving & prompts some nostalgia?

                                                                                                                      1. re: Breezychow

                                                                                                                        The point is that for the majority of the people in this thread, it no longer satisfies any craving.

                                                                                                                        Ownership can be important because the quality of the product can suffer as it has with Enterman's.

                                                                                                                        I'm sure you are warming the hearts ... er, pocketboos ... of the corporate drones who currenty lown the company. They can produce inferior junk as long as there's a market for it.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Breezychow

                                                                                                                          I grew up on Entenmanns in the 50s and 60s: I'm not a snob, I just know corporate garbage when I taste it. Transfats and artificial flavors, oughta be a law. It's a name and nothing more now. My nostalgia involves rememberence of actual flavors inbedded deep in my brain, and not to be messed with. I'd rather have my memories.

                                                                                                                          1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                            Nah I'm in my mid 50s, we used to do math in our head back then, believe it or not! Maybe you'll make it there too, God willing, and have good memories of your own, of something completely different.

                                                                                                                        2. re: coll

                                                                                                                          It was the same processed crap I had in my lunch box in the late 80s as it's now--regardless who owns it. However, back then that wasn't such a concern and as an elementary school kid didn't really care about gourmet/local/organic/etc stuff.

                                                                                                                          1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                            This thread is not about the junk in Entenmann's or gourmet baked goods vs shelf bought. It is about comparing this particular product to the way it was made.

                                                                                                                            I didn't have Entenmann's until maybe the 90's. It was still a good-tasting product then with a better selection..From wikipeidia
                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entenman...

                                                                                                                            "The pharmaceutical company Warner-Lambert purchased Entenmann's in 1978, and sold it to General Foods in 1982. General Foods merged with Kraft in 1990. Kraft sold its bakery business to CPC International (later Bestfoods). Bestfoods was purchased by Unilever in 2000, which sold its baking division to George Weston, a Canadian baked goods and supermarket business, the next year. Today, Entenmann's is owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, who purchased the bakery from Weston in 2008"

                                                                                                                            Bimbo, for heaven's sake. The company that sells bread so cheap and tasteless that it makes generic sliced white bread look good.

                                                                                                                            I'm not going to go into the other companies that BImbo bought, but in each case I'd say the quality of those products has declined significantly.

                                                                                                                            1. re: rworange

                                                                                                                              BIMBO BAKERIES? Seriously? What were they THINKING?

                                                                                                                              1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                Oh dear - I checked out their site and they also own Oroweat and Thomas' Bagels. : (

                                                                                                                                1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                  LOL! My son buys the Thomas Bagels.

                                                                                                                                  For some very weird reason, we can't get onion bagels here for love nor money. My favorite prepackaged bagels have always been Lenders onion bagels.