We covered this ground a few years ago, around the time Tastykake was selling out to Flowers Foods. Since that purchase Flowers has added a few generic products that it sold in its other lines and slapped the Tastykake brand on it, but otherwise it has kept producing the baked goods it inherited.
The brand and its products hold a special place in the hearts of many Philadelphians, myself included. But the slow changes to the products prior to the sale were cause for consternation. When Flowers bought the line, we hoped it wouldn’t change things further.
Now Tastykake and those with taste buds less attuned to such matters will tell you we’re nuts. That they haven’t changed anything. But we know better.
Case in point: The Chocolate Kandy Kake. A smooth coating of good chocolate used to enrobe this and the Peanut Butter Kandy Kake. The chocolate coating is now cheap and waxy. Worse, take a look at the under carriage. Where a solid textured layer used to cover the cake, now it’s got hollow pockets.
When you bite into this treat the cake used to be moist and tasty. The same time the chocolate coating got cheap and waxy, the cake inside became dry almost like a Devil Dog.
So why do I buy these? Nostalgia. Hope things will improve. Because I am a glutton for punishment? Maybe all these reasons, but mostly because they were on sale.
I looked on the box to see if Tastykake still guarantees its products. They do.
But I am reminded of this genius thought on guarantees from Tommy Boy:
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Tommy.