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Aug 9, 2007 06:23 AM

Entenmann's Cakes/Cookies/Pies/ Pastries [moved from Not about Food board]

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!!!