Snack Report: Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes Peanut Butter

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Rejoice you people who are completely lost as to what snacks to include in your lives. There’s a new Snack Report! I know you’ve been lost without knowing what snacks are worth your time and which clearly are not. And to make this even more special, I’m reviewing a snack from a company that didn’t give me the best impression before. That’s right, I’m giving Tastykake another try. *cue dramatic music*

The only Tastykake treat that I tried before was their French apple pie and it was a bitter disappointment. As bitter as the disappointment I felt after I graduated with an English degree and started looking for jobs. And that wasn’t the worst of it. I was attacked by a Tastykake apologist. One of their loyal hordes of people who Google Tastykake treats and then assault those who dare reveal how crappy they are. It’s almost a Herculean task to come back to Tastykake after such a horrible first experience, but I’m a strong man. A man strong enough to eat a snack and then write a really long post about it. Also, Tastykakes aren’t available in my area, so it wasn’t like I could easily try something else from them.

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First up, this cake apparently comes from a line of cakes that are inspired by candy bars. This one is chocolate and peanut butter and the packaging proudly displays the Reese’s logo, which is the sign of mediocre, yet reliable quality. The packaging itself is appealing enough with nice peanut buttery and chocolate colors. Side Note: I find their use of inappropriate Ks to be highly annoying. Kandy Bar Kake is only one K away from being highly inappropriate.

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The cake itself looks awesome. It’s like a rectangular Ding Dong that looks like it’s made for an upscale snack eater. You know, those rich folks that are too good for Little Debbie or Hostess and eat their snack cakes with a knife and fork. As a snack cake connoisseur who is still connected to the regular people, I really enjoy the drizzle look. It’s fancy, but not too over the top.

Biting into the cake revealed a hard outer shell surrounding a really soft chocolate cake interior with a layer of peanut butter in the middle. Instead of an explosion of peanut butter and chocolate in my mouth I got a mixture of soft cake and a hint of peanut butter. It was a lot less understated than I had hoped, but the chocolate is of fairly good quality. The hard outer shell is a little too hard, because it breaks apart and you can end up with a bit of a mess on your hands. And the interior texture necessitates a lot of milk drinking to wash it down. Which isn’t a bad thing, I love drinking a lot of milk with treats. And for anyone that drinks anything but milk with snack cakes, you’re going to rot in hell.

While this isn’t the worst snack cake I’ve ever eaten, it’s also not the best. It’s kind of ho hum. There’s just not enough peanut peanut butter and the texture isn’t selling me 100%. Still, I don’t hate Tastykakes for this. I just wouldn’t go out of my way for one of these suckers.

Score: 2 out of 5 empty holes in my life


This TastyKake review was brought to you by a Robot’s Pajamas fan! If you want to request a treat review let me know in the comments or send me something to eat. As long as it’s not poison. I don’t eat poison.

  • Pete Pfau

    Reminds me of those weird not-licorice packs you can buy in 7-11s, that are “flavored” like Orange Crush, or Dr. Pepper. Really they just taste weird and sort of bland.

  • BrendaStByrd

    I love these reviews!

  • As a Philadelphian Tasty Kakes are a way of life. When Tasty Kake built their new “environmentally friendly” factory one of things they did was take out the transfats in their products. One of the major victims was the pie crust as the recipe was drastically altered. Your two experiences thus far are terrible choices, not even in my drunkest stupor would I select either of those options. You have to keep it classic and I would suggest Krumpets (Jelly or Butterscotch), Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes and/or Chocolate Cupcakes. If these don’t fill your mouth hole adequately I guess you’re just another Midwesterner weaned on the substandard Drake and Little Debbie products.

  • I don’t believe I have any of those in my supply, so you better put up or shut up and send me some. Otherwise they aint ever touching these lips.

    Also, I find it highly insulting that you’d think I’d like Little Debbie… and we don’t have Drakes around here. Or at least I don’t think we do. But back on Little Debbie, I think maybe I should make a list of Little Debbie products I actually like. It would be a pretty short list.

  • Okay I will make good on that in the near term, I’ll stock up during the next sale at ACME (it’s a grocery store) and send them your way. Drakes are truly terrible, and I don’t even know who would actually enjoy them. As far as Little Debbie goes I think the peanut butter stick things and the Christmas Tree cakes …. everything else is shit especially those brownies.

  • I’m with you on the stick things… and I like star clusters and peanut clusters. Damn it. I’m going to have to do a lot of snack reviews now.