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Tastykake maker: Financial issues could force sale

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givemecarbs Jan 13, 2011 10:07 PM

http://timesherald.com/articles/2011/...
Running out to the 24 hour market to stock up now!!!!!!

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    jbsiegel Jan 14, 2011 03:33 AM

    Please save the Kandy Kakes!!!!! Those were a staple for me when I was pregnant with one of my kids!

    1. Withnail42 Jan 14, 2011 04:43 AM

      Oh dear.

      1. JohnE O Jan 14, 2011 08:38 AM

        If they go under then I have no reason to visit my family in Philly.

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          PattiCakes Jan 14, 2011 09:56 AM

          Whiz wit, and pretzels?

        2. CindyJ Jan 14, 2011 02:34 PM

          Sorry... I just don't get the whole Tastykake thing -- and I'm from the Philly area. Now Drakes cakes, OTOH, are something to talk about -- I'd take a Drakes Yodel over a Swiss Roll any day!

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          1. re: CindyJ
            gaffk Jan 14, 2011 02:50 PM

            Swiss Roll? That's not a Tastkake product, is it?

            I think the loyalty to Tasty is from when they were strictly local and so used real butter, milk, etc. Everything else we referred to as "chemical cakes." When I was in school in Ohio, my friends loved when my parents visited as they brought boxes of butterscotch krimpets, chocolate cupcakes, juniors, etc.

            I just watched the local news, and apparently Tasty has a reprieve until the summer. I wish them well, as they employ a lot of local people. But I must say, I haven't eaten a Tastykake in many years.

            1. re: CindyJ
              JohnE O Jan 14, 2011 05:39 PM

              Drakes cakes are (or were) great, too. I do have to say it seems like they've changed the recipe over the years, It seems like they've gone from really dark chocolate on the outside to more of a milk chocolate.

              Cindy, both Yodel's and Swiss Roll's are made by Drake's. I don't know if they still make the Swiss Rolls, though.

              1. re: JohnE O
                CindyJ Jan 14, 2011 06:59 PM

                As a matter of fact, it's Tastykake that makes the Swiss Rolls. http://www.tastykake.com/products/other

                1. re: CindyJ
                  JohnE O Jan 15, 2011 05:55 AM

                  They do now, but Drake's was the one I remember growing up in the 70's:

                  http://thedrakescakes.com/swiss_roll_...

                  Drake's didn't have any chocolate enrobement.

                  1. re: JohnE O
                    CindyJ Jan 15, 2011 12:53 PM

                    Ahhhh... like a Yodel without the chocolate coating, eh? I was a Drake's kid, myself. LOVED their Ring Dings!

                    1. re: CindyJ
                      JohnE O Jan 16, 2011 06:31 AM

                      I seem to recall that the Drake's Swiss Roll was about 2 to 3 times the size of a Yodel (the package info says 4 to a box). Okay, this whole thread is making me hungry.

                      1. re: JohnE O
                        jfood Jan 16, 2011 09:41 AM

                        That's how I remember as well, the yodel was about an inch in diameter and the swiss roll was almost twice that.

                        I was a yodel vs swiss kid.

                    2. re: JohnE O
                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 15, 2011 03:29 PM

                      funny, i don't recall ever seeing Drakes Swiss Rolls - i always assumed they were just a Little Debbie product. and i didn't understand why anyone would want to forgo the chocolate coating and choose those over Yodels or Ho-Hos :)

                  2. re: JohnE O
                    goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2011 07:36 PM

                    CindyJ is right. as she mentioned above, Yodels are the Drake's version of swiss rolls.

                2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 14, 2011 02:47 PM

                  http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/0...

                  "Regardless of what happens, he said Tasty Baking will "remain focused on operational efficiencies, growing the business and continuing to produce, distribute and sell Tastykake products to our customers and consumers."

                  looks like they're not going to disappear just yet.

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                    givemecarbs Jan 15, 2011 10:35 PM

                    Huge sigh of relief! The peanut butter ones are my favorite. But butterscotch krimpets and even the little rectangular pies (apple and cherry) are comfort foods to me. I thought I was standing on solid ground with tastykakes! What's next? Girl scouts selling yoga mats instead of cookies???

                    1. re: givemecarbs
                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 16, 2011 09:39 AM

                      LOL! well, based on what everyone's been saying about the deterioration in GS cookie quality in recent years, they might be better off ;)

                      back in my personal training days i had a client who was obsessed with butterscotch krimpets & My-T-Fine pudding - his mother would bring him a supply when she visited from Jersey and it was a constant argument between us. we're still in touch and i thought about e-mailing him the article but i didn't want to encourage him to stock up "just in case!"

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        jfood Jan 16, 2011 09:45 AM

                        My-T-Fine is still good. Had two boxes of the vanilla pudding last week. Stillsweet as sugar.

                      2. re: givemecarbs
                        jfood Jan 16, 2011 09:44 AM

                        but over the years the quality and taste deteriorated to the point of crossing into DNR.

                        Rememeber when the cheery pie package exclaimed. "Pie may include pits." That was a precursor to things to come as in "coffee may be hot."

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                      givemecarbs Mar 30, 2011 10:23 AM

                      Gah
                      http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/ho...

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                        mpjmph Mar 30, 2011 11:52 AM

                        I don't get the guy from Georgia pretending he didn't have something equivalent growing up - hello Little Debbie! I'm a Southern Little Debbie devotee, but the only snack cakes in the cafeteria at work are Tastykake, so I occasionally indulge in a chocolate junior. Sadly, they've had a hard time keeping them in stock.

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                        givemecarbs Apr 12, 2011 05:29 PM

                        http://thereporteronline.com/articles...
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