Who Did it Best?

I waxed poetic about my love of Hostess Suzi Q’s in this post. And while the Suzy Q was indeed my childhood snack cake of choice that does not mean that my eye didn’t occasionally wander. Yes, I cheated on the Q several times over. Ho Hos, Big Wheels, Twinkies… I’ve loved them all. And then, I moved to Georgia and a was introduced to Debbie, Little Debbie. Ahhhhhh… The Nutty Bar from Little Debbie. Fairly certain at least 15 pounds of the weight I gained during pregnancy was due to my passionate affair with Little Debbie’s Nutty Bar. So, with school starting for a lot of this kids this week I thought I’d ask: Who Did it Best?

Hostess

Or

Little Debbie

If packing lunch today (for yourself) and calories, fat content, possibility of heart attack, wasn’t an issue, which snack cake would you include. (Gun to your head, you have to choose one).

(Gun removed from your head). Do you pack Hostess or Little Debbie snacks in your kids’ lunch? My children have never known the pleasure of a Suzy Q., frozen, or otherwise, but that is not because I think it would be horribly wrong for them to enjoy one, it’s mainly because I feel like today there are much better options.

And, because apparently I think it is my duty to provide you with useless information that you can share at your next dinner party, here’s some Hostess history:

~Ho Hos dates back to 1967, when a San Francisco bakery began hand-producing the Swiss-filled chocolate cakes elegantly enrobed in delectable confectionary coating. *Note the use of the word “elegant” to describe the “confectionary coating.” Be sure to mention it just like that at the party.

~Suzy Q’s: The oblong sandwich of either banana-flavored or devil’s food cake with white crème filling was invented in 1961 and named after the daughter of Continental Bakeries Vice President Cliff Isaacson. *Banana-flavored? No. That’s not right. A Suzy Q purist only eats the white crème filled version. Yes, you can quote me on that.

~“Twinkies have been tantalizing taste buds and filling lunch boxes since 1930. Twinkies are the stuff of legends – President Clinton put one in a time capsule – and have achieved the status of cultural icon, with the American Society of Media Photographers recently mounting a photo exhibition featuring Twinkies. But to most people, they’re just fun to eat.” *Not much I can add to that. (source for Hostess facts)

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16 responses

    • Hostess is staggering around a bit after that blow. Love the analogy, but I need details Shan. I am wondering which Little Debbie you love? Zebra cakes, Honey buns, Oatmeal Creme Pies? Star Crunch? Details, I need details!

  1. Nutty bars, of course. Donut sticks. Devil squares. Swiss cake rolls. Oatmeal creme pies. Boston creme rolls. Loved all of those, and our house was never without them.

    However, as much as I loved Little Debbies, My first and lasting love has to be the Pop Tart. Chocolate/chocolate, or vanilla/chocolate. Or, the SMORES. Mmmmm.

  2. Star Crunch all the way! I could darn near eat the whole box provided there was enough milk and left to my own devices…

    I now have to run past the end cap of Little Debbies in the grocery store to avoid relapse.

  3. My love affair with Little Debbie began when I was Little Rexy….and to be honest, I was not Little Rexy for long because of that $#@&#$!

    🙂

    Swiss Rolls…although the nutty bars are a close second.

    • Swiss Rolls, classic.

      I am starting to realize that when it comes to variety Little Debbie kicks Hostess butt. I had forgotten how many Little Debbie “treats” there are… probably because my face was lodged in the Nutty Bar box, but that’s another story.

  4. Little Debbie. That’s like comparing “The Real Housewives of New York” to “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

    I love the Nutty Buddy, the Oatmeal Creme Pies, and I had COMPLETELY forgotten about Star Crunch until just now. Love that too.

    Only those three though. I’m a purist.

    • @San Diego Momma, I don’t know if technically you can be a purist and count Star Crunch among your top three. Think Swiss Rolls have to be in the mix. Will look at the Little Debbie rule book and get back to you.

      @KC Dawg, And I’d be rolling right there with you. 🙂

  5. Growing up on the GA/TN border, you couldn’t help but be a follower of Little Debbie (who, interestingly enough, is now grown up and an executive at her namesake brand’s owner). My father was a huge fan of the Oatmeal Creme Pie, arguably the “star” of the Little Debbie line, and always kept a box in the pantry when I was a child.

    While I love the Oatmeal, I was always a bigger (both literally and figuratively) fan of both the Swiss Roll and the Nutty Bar. And while my son, who is very healthy and in better shape than 95% of kids his age, would much rather run than walk, play ball than video games, or eat a salad than french fries, he becomes incredibly angry if he has to forego a Little Debbie dessert for more than a week at a time.

    As for Pop Tarts, put me down for straight out of the box. That’s just the way I roll (and, had I not gotten off the Little Debbie and Pop Tart train, I would not mean that figuratively).

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