Sweet tooth? No worries, there are so many companies that can give you the sweet treat you crave. From Little Debbie to Hostess to Drake's and Dolly Madison, packaged snack cakes have been satisfying craving from the 1920s and still are today. The Hostess brand was born in 1919 when the first Hostess Cupcake was sold; however, the brand became better known when Twinkies were introduced in 1930. One of the first snack cakes to appear on the grocery store shelves was Drake’s Cakes Devil Dogs, which appeared in 1926 on the East Coast. It took a few more years, but Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookie Snacks became available in stores in 1960 and are still going strong.
When you look at most of these treats, they are a combination of different flavors of moist cake with creme filling and a layer of icing. There are always some outliers like the Little Debbie Nutty Buddy, Hostess Mini Muffins and Drake's Funny Bones. And when it comes to snack cakes, even the yeasty doughnut became a round-shaped frosted cake with a hole in the middle so it could withstand packaging and shipping. Of course, brownies are another snack cake category that must be mentioned, with Little Debbie rising to the top with its Turtle Brownie. Want to know all the mouth-watering snacks you've been missing? Or do you think you can identify these cakes without their packaging to clue you in? Then it's time to take this delectable quiz.
It was a hardship for all of us when these were no longer in production. What is it?
Twinkies are truly beloved by the American people — as evidenced by the Twinkie panic of 2012. Some websites like Craigslist and eBay were selling Twinkies for more than $1000 dollars a box! Thankfully, Twinkies returned to store shelves on July 15, 2013.
It's like a Hostess Cupcake but in a rectangular size. What's the snack cake that springs to mind?
Hostess Ding Dongs
Hostess Ho Hos
Hostess Brownie Bites
Hostess Chocolate Zinger
Zingers used to be owned and distributed by Dolly Madison. Today, although Zingers are produced and sold by Dolly Madison and Hostess, the brand is owned by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. product.
Just one bite and you'll be hooked. What is the name of this mouthful of goodness?
Drake's Fudge Dipped Devil Dogs
You can say the devil made me do it when you polish off this treat. Drake's Devil Dogs cakes first made the scene in 1926 and have been the icon of the brand of this New York Baking company since then.
This treat had an out-of-this-world name. What was it?
Little Debbie Nutty Bar
Little Debbie Zebra Cake
Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie
Can you believe that Little Debbie herself was only four years old when the company Little Debbie was founded? That's because her grandparents O.D. and Ruth McKee are the ones who founded the company and named it after her! Many bakery products were launched from their company including the brownie with fudge icing and colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces called Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies.
Here's a scrumptious, on-the-go treat. What's the name of this morsel?
Hostess Chocolate Cupcake
Hostess Ding Dong
Hostess Ho Hos
Hostess Mini Brownies
Hostess Mini Brownies come with real chocolate chips, and they contain no trans fat, artificial colors or high-fructose corn syrup. Since they are made in a peanut-free environment, they can be packed in a school lunch bag.
It's easy to want to eat this for breakfast, or at least with a big glass of milk. What is it?
Hostess Apple Pie
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies
It's how you turn a cookie into a snake cake: take two soft, chewy oatmeal cookies that are baked with whole grain oats and molasses, then put a layer of creme between them. It all started with oatmeal - it's the original Little Debbie snack cake.
Some people prefer this over the similar-looking Twinkies. Which one is it?
Hostess Vanilla Zinger
When Zingers were first advertised, they used the "Peanuts" cartoon characters, with Snoopy playing the part of the mysterious "Zinger Zapper." Vanilla Zingers are sweeter than Twinkies and have a thick layer of icing on top with creamy non-dairy filling in the middle.
This dessert was known to be “deliciously messy.” What is the name of the snack where creme stuck to the wrapper?
Hostess Honey Buns
Hostess Chocolate Zingers
Hostess Devil's Food Twinkies
Hostess Suzy Q's
The perfect ratio of cake and creme is what made Suzy Q's stand out from all other snack cakes. This iconic cake was originally sold in 1961, but it disappeared between 2012 and 2013 when the company filed for bankruptcy and reappeared in 2018.
You'll need to have a napkin or two to tackle this pastry. What dessert are you indulging in?
Hostess Chocolate Pie
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie
Hostess Cherry Pie
This pie bursts with cherries, and you'll need a napkin or two to finish it neatly. The lightly glazed pie crust is flatter than the puffed up pastry of the '60s, but it tastes just as good when warmed in the microwave.
This pretty little cake might have been your favorite way back when; what snack were you craving?
Hostess Devil's Food Twinkies
Hostess Raspberry Zinger
Unlike the chocolate and vanilla Zingers, the raspberry Zingers don't have icing on top! That said, they are coated in a combination of shaved coconut and raspberry flavored syrup. Obviously, a layer of raspberry jelly on top would not transport well.
Are you drooling yet? What's the name of this tasty treat?
Hostess Orange Cupcakes
That squiggly line is the clue. But the flavor might surprise you. It's a bright, sunny orange flavor that has proved quite popular over the years. Pair that with orange-flavored glaze and a creme-filled center for a sweet taste treat that you can't get enough of.
Where these packed in your lunches when you were a kid, we hope so. What did you unroll with your tongue?
Hostess Tiger Tail
Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls
Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls are one of Little Debbie's top three highest sellers! And when you unroll the sweetness of the Swiss Cake Rolls on your tongue, you'll see why so many people love the little things.