Ray’s Back in the Day – Your Favorite Snack Cake Is Coming Back [POLL/VIDEO]
Now that I’m older and watching what I eat (as it enters my mouth), I think back to a time when we used to go to Aunt Fran’s for lunch.
She’d make us “club sandwiches”, which were just ham and cheese cut up into 4’s; served with some Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, and for dessert either Yankee Doodles or Devil Dogs.
Is it any wonder my two cousins used to say to each other “you fat bastard!”
But then, the dessert was the thing that made going to Aunt Fran’s so special.
Fast forward to today with the announcement that Hostess is being revived and is bringing back Twinkies, and not to be outdone, Drakes Cakes will be making a comeback as well.
Both will be hitting store shelves either in the middle of July or a bit later.
Twinkies aren’t the only cakes getting ready for a comeback — so are Drake’s cakes, which include Devil Dogs, Funny Bones and Yodels.
After Hostess Brands Inc. went out of business last year, the company sold off its brands in chunks to a variety of buyers. Many of the most famous cakes — such as Twinkies, CupCakes and Donettes — were purchased by a pair of investment firms that say they plan to have them back on shelves by July 15.
Drake’s cakes, meanwhile, were snapped up by longtime Hostess rival McKee Foods, which makes Little Debbie snacks. McKee said in an email Monday that Drake’s cakes should be back by ‘‘late summer/early fall.’’ The company says it will start with a selection of Drake’s products and see whether to bring back more products after that.
It did not say which products it will roll out first or whether all Drake’s cakes would eventually return to shelves.
Notably, McKee Foods has gone head-to-head with Hostess on a variety of products. Its ‘‘Cloud Cakes’’ for example, bear a striking resemblance to Twinkies. And now it owns Drake’s Devil Dogs and Yodels, which look a lot like its Little Debbie Devil Cremes and Swiss Rolls, respectively. But McKee says it isn’t necessarily phasing out products that seem similar to each other.
‘‘Similar is just that — similar, not the same,’’ McKee spokesman Mike Gloekler wrote in an email.
Gloekler said McKee Foods is using its own baking plants to make Drake’s cakes but that no changes will be made to the recipes to streamline production. He said the company will make Drake’s ‘‘exactly to the recipes we received in the acquisition.’’
Little Debbie cakes tend to be less expensive than Hostess cakes.
We’ve all had favorites.
Mine were the Drake’s Coffee Cakes. (Insert line from “A Bronx Tale” here!)
Yellow textured middle; with a cinnamon crumb on top that resembled dirt…but great with a glass of cold milk.
You had a favorite, no? Take the poll and let me know!