The other day while I was shopping at CVS, I stopped almost dead in my tracks at the sight of the snack rack, where all manner of commercial cakes stared forlornly back at me, doomed souls from another era. Hostess Cupcakes, Suzy Q’s, Ding Dongs, Donettes, Sno Balls, Twinkies, Zingers, and my personal junk-food favorite, Ho Hos, which are, in a way, the Georgetown Cupcakes of my youth.
I don’t care how hard you judge me about this, I still love Ho Hos, those little logs whose dry chocolate coating cracks unmercifully when you bite into them. Those little logs in which a moist cake reveals this cinematic swirl of creamy goodness in the middle.
I don’t want to see how Ho Hos are made. I don’t care how they’re made. I don’t even have any desire to fancy them up with ridiculous “kabobs” and “dessert bites” recipes. I just want to, on rare occasion, stuff ’em straight down my gullet.
What about you? What’s your favorite commercial snack cake? E-mail me and let me know.