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Devil Dogs Update

devil dogs

You all know I’m a big fan of Devil Dogs, and have only been able to acquire them infrequently through shipments from my lovely friends and family back east. I grew up on those 60’s snacks, and just can’t shake Devil Dogs. So here’s an update!

Twinkies are already back on shelves and now the new owners of Drake’s cakes say Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, Ring Dings and Yodels will return to shelves next month.

A spokesman for McKee Foods Corp. says the company plans to bring back the snack cakes in the third week of September. Just in time for school.

In the past Drake’s Cakes did not ship product out west, so the real question is whether they will be shipped west of the Mississippi, and of course will they taste the same!

McKee, which makes Little Debbie snack cakes, bought Drake’s cakes from Hostess Brands after the company went out of business last year.

Little Debbie snack are shipped all over the United States. I sure hope they ship Devil Dogs to California grocers!


Sinful Favorites

Sometimes I get tired of all this healthy stuff. Counting calories, and watching what I eat. Sometimes I want to dream out loud about the foods that I love, but so seldom get to enjoy. . .  so why not blog about them?

Here are a list of foods that I love, and their mouth-watering photos. Please indulge whenever you can, since I can’t!

Church’s Fried Chicken


Fried Clams (with the bellies)


Maine Lobster


(Photo credit http://www.getmainlobster.com)

Coffee ice cream


(Great recipe: photo credit: http://suziethefoodie.blogspot.com/2010/05/recipe-coffee-ice-cream.html)

Veal Parmesan


Leg of lamb

leg of lamb

Italian Meats


Devil Dogs

devil dogs

Chocolate Lava Cake


Drakes Cakes Devil dog update

devil_dogsHello Devil Dog fans! All is not lost. (courtesy of Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/15/devil-dogs-are-coming-back/)

Hostess is moving forward with the sale of Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles and Yodels to the maker of Little Debbie cakes.

The bankrupt company says it picked McKee Foods as the buyer for the Drake’s cakes after nobody stepped forward with a qualifying bid to top its $27.5 million offer.

The auction scheduled for Friday will be canceled as a result, according to a filing in bankruptcy court. A hearing to approve the sale is scheduled for April 9.

McKee Foods, based in Collegedale, Tenn., isn’t projecting when it plans to have the cakes back on shelves.

“McKee Foods is a family-owned bakery, similar to how Drake’s was established as a family bakery 125 years ago,” CEO Mike McKee noted in a statement. “We have generations of experience in baking, and we will strive to bake the Drake’s cakes, not just for taste and quality, but also to deliver on the memories of the loyal Drake’s fans.”

Separately, Metropoulos & Co., which is teaming up with Apollo Global Management to buy Twinkies and other Hostess cakes such as CupCakes, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, said it hopes to have the cakes back on shelves by this summer. Metropoulos owns Pabst beer. Apollo’s investments include fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Maybe they’ll ship to the West Coast now…. Cheating is imminent.

Goodbye Hostess – Ode to Devil Dogs

Photo Sep 16, 10 25 26 PMWell, the day has finally come. Never did I think that my favorite snack would be history….forever.

Hostess makes a number of products that are retro 1970’s and deeply associated with childhood, from Twinkies to cream-filled cupcakes, Ho Hos, and Wonder Bread. Unfortunately I just found out that Hostess also owns Drake’s, which makes Ring Dings, Yodels, Coffee Cakes, and Devil Dogs!

Founded in 1930 and based in Irving, Texas, Hostess Brands’ products have included iconic brands such as Hostess®, Wonder®, Nature’s Pride®, Dolly Madison®, Drake’s®, Butternut®, Home Pride® and Merita®. Hostess Brands has approximately 18,500 employees and operates 33 bakeries, 553 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 527 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes, 570 bakery outlet stores and the loss of 18,500 jobs.

I would love to have one more devil dog (I will cheat on my wheat diet for this)! Unfortunately Drake’s is West of the Mississippi, so I’m out of luck!! So Ode to Devil Dogs, that childhood snack that I used to save for last in my lunch bag, that snack that was shipped many times and endured the 3000 mile trip. Thanks to my sister, my grandmother, my brother-in-law, and my college room-mate who all so graciously participated in my ridiculous craving every once in a while.

It’s a very sad day!  What will you miss?

Old School Snacks

I just love nostalgia. Maybe because I had such a fun childhood. It’s just fun remembering the past. But favorite things go by the wayside. You grow up, and move on. On the rare occasion, you cross paths with something that sparks a fond memory and for a moment, you are taken back in time to that magical place, where all the world is right again.

Every so often I will blog about nostalgia in my “Old School” category.

Those of you born in the 60s, get ready for a blast from the past. Today I’m remembering fun snacks that we used to consume when we got home from school. I remember watching Bozo the Clown, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Felix the Cat (a nostalgia category for another time) while we ate our snacks. Here are some of the snacks that I loved!

Peanut Butter and Fluff
A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, usually served on white bread. If it’s not Wonder bread, it’s not a Fluffernutter in my opinion. We loved the sweet, salty and savory ingredients.

The sandwich was first created in the early 20th century after marshmallow creme, a sweet marshmallow-like spread, was invented in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts, invented a product he called Marshmallow Creme in 1917. During World War I, Emma Curtis published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich, which is the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter. Meanwhile, Query sold his recipe to Durkee-Mower Inc., who renamed it Marshmallow Fluff and continues to sell it under that name today. The term Fluffernutter was created in 1960 by an advertising agency hired by Durkee-Mower to find a more effective way to market the peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich.

Cheeze Wiz

I know, I know, this stuff is disgusting, but we loved it. I used to spread it on toast and saltine crackers.

Cheez Whiz is a thick processed cheese sauce or spread sold by Kraft Foods. It was developed by a team led by food scientist Edwin Traisman (1915–2007) and was first marketed in 1953. The bright yellow, paste usually comes in a glass jar and is used as a topping for cheesesteaks, corn chips, hot dogs and other foods.

Nabisco Chocolate Snaps

These were my favorite cookies. They also came in Chocolate Chip. They were really cheap, but tasted like chocolate fudge. We used to by them at convenient stores. Boy I miss these. You can buy them again at Wal-Mart . They come in a variety pack now.

Devil Dogs
An unfrosted devil’s food cake sandwich with vanilla creme with round edged cake wafers resembling a hot dog. This is still one of my favorite snack items. Unfortunately Drake’s only distributes east of the Mississippi, so I don’t get to experience this snack anymore. I hate to admit it but, people have actually sent me boxes from back east several times.

The company’s founder, Newman E. Drake, baked his first pound cake in Brooklyn, New York, in 1888. He sold it by the slice.Popularity increased, and soon a whole line of cakes was produced.
At their peak, Drake’s bakery operations spread to thirteen states. In New York City and New England, Drake’s popularity came to rival national brand Hostess. In New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, Drake’s cakes compete head-to-head with that area’s popular Tastykake brand.

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