Snacktion: Tastykakes' Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes

101371.jpgName: Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes

Brand: Tastykakes

Origin: Philadelphia

Found at: The Cheesesteak Shop, 1716 Divisadero (between Sutter and Bush). The Bay Area franchise has several locations and is one of the only places on the West Coast to get Tastykakes treats.

Cost: $2.50

Ingredients: Sugar, peanut butter, partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, bleached enriched flour, water, whey, milk, eggs, cocoa, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, mono and diglycerides, salt, cornstarch, skim milk, leavening, soy lecithin, butter, natural and artificial flavors, propylene glycol monostearate, isolated soy protein, xanthan gum, tapioca starch, cinnamon, sorbic acid, nutmeg, food starch modified, pectin, citric acid, dextrose, stearoyl lactylic acid.

Calories per Serving: 270 for a package of three

Why I Bought It: It was a gift from my friend Missy, who knows my sweet tooth and that this is some exclusive Snacktion.

Tasting Notes: If you're in the mood to gobble up some junk food with a ton of indecipherable ingredients, this is the way to indulge. Tastykakes has been around since 1914 on the East Coast, so they're still around for a reason (though that reason has nothing to do with nutrition). The cake has a satisfyingly dense mouth feel, the peanut butter is pleasantly amped-up and the milk chocolate is not as waxy as its colleagues. The latter is usually the deal breaker between the average snack cake and myself, but here it's totally tolerable. Steelier stomachs might laugh, but I probably would have been sick if I ate the whole package in a single sitting, though. It's a good thing they are as tiny as they are.

Would I Buy It Again? Um, do fish swim?

What other blogs/sites thought of it: ExpoTV user Technopagan7 thinks they are "a delicious yellow sponge cake of awesomeness, covered with peanut butter joy and dipped in a chocolate coating of magical fun and tastiness." And has an easy-looking recipe for Mock Tastykakes Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes that uses a lot fewer ingredients.

—Tamara Palmer

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