What is up with Tastykake Swiss Rolls?

love2eatinpa, 17 February 2010, 14 comments
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I don’t know about you, but I grew up on Tastykakes. My favs were the chocolate iced, or the vanilla-with-the-chocolate-stripe iced, creme-filled cupcakes. I loved tandykakes too. The plain, not the peanut butter. I probably ate enough of them to single-handedly keep Tastykake in business.

Due to my kids having off from school on Monday (and Monday is my grocery shopping day) I took the kids with me to the market. I recently started buying Tastykakes for them, as I finally realized that life is too short for them to only have healthy snacks in the house and that kids need to be kids and eat cupcakes.

Another reason I didn’t buy them was because up until then, I was concerned that having that type of food in the house would prove too tempting for me and I would binge on them. But when the time was right and I felt like I could handle the presence of Tastykakes in my home, I let the kids (who were of course thrilled with the idea of having them in our house) choose what they wanted.

Fortunately for me, they chose the butterscotch krimpets and the peanut butter tandykakes, neither of which call to me. But on Monday, my son chose the swiss rolls. I really don’t remember eating them as a kid, because I think my mom bought Yodells, but I digress…

So last night, I had dessert calories to put to use so I decided to open a pack and have one swiss roll. I thought it would taste kind of like a tandykake just morphed into a different form. It has the same ingredients right? – the ‘hard’ chocolate outside, vanilla cream and chocolate ‘cake’.

I began by breaking off a piece of the outside. It didn’t taste like a tandykake’s outside. I pulled off the cream and filling. Still not tasting the tandykake. I took a bite that included all three elements. Still didn’t taste like the tandykake I was expecting.

I then decided that I didn’t even really like it, that it wasn’t worth the 100 calories, and I did something blasphemous – I dumped the remaining 75% of it into the sink drain. OMG, did I really just admit to drowning an innocent Tastykake?

Was my expectation level too high? Do I need to go get Yodells to make sure they taste the same, or will they be a disappointment as well? Does anything from our childhood ever taste the same/as good when we are adults?

Has this disappointment ever happened to you?

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  1. Mary Kate
    17 February 2010, 8:41 pm

    Ahhhh…tastycakes….we call them Little Debbie’s here…but maybe you have those as well?? One thing I loved as a kid was marshmellow creme and peanut butter sandwiches(use to eat them with my grandmother) but they are just too sweet now as an adult! There are very few childhood foods that i like now…probably because I was mostly eating them on the emotional level and not tasting them anyway! although Twinkies do call me occasionally…the red zinger ones!

    great job on listening to your body!! wahoo! doesn’t that feel good!
    .-= Mary Kate´s last blog ..Photo Shoot…. =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    we have little debbie’s too. it’s another brand like hostess or drakes who make snack cakes/individual pies that are pretty much made of crap but taste very good. =)
    it’s interesting that you find those foods too sweet now as an adult. i’m not sure the words “those are too sweet for me” have ever passed my lips =) so i’m awed that you find them too sweet now.
    but yes, thanks, it did feel good to listen to my body and not just eat it because it was there and i had already started it. progress!!

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  2. Diana
    17 February 2010, 10:03 pm

    Yes, I’ve done that before. I used to love twinkies, but now can’t stand them. I’m glad…one less thing I and to binge on is all the better! If only I could do that with potato chips 🙂
    Great job in listening to your body! I had that reaction to “bad” foods when I was in full swing of a health kick, but after not listening to it reverted back to old ways.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Scale betrayal =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    isn’t it weird how that happens? is it the memories in our head that don’t stand up to the real thing, have the ingredients changed or have our taste buds changed?

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  3. Christie @ Honoring Health
    18 February 2010, 9:32 am

    Just found your blog, I look forward to reading more.

    On the topic of tasty cakes, we had little debbie cakes as a kid. I remember demolishing them as a kid. All of them, every kind my mom bought, I ate them up. Now, they tasty like wax to me and I think that has been a vaulable part of my recovery from binge eating and my journey to intuitive eating. Once I allowed myself to eat anything, for the first time in my life, I actually tasted the food and have discovered that I just don’t like some of the things I always thought I did. It really helped open my eyes to it being a behavior and not really about the food.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi christie, thanks so much for stopping by! sounds like we are on the same path, as i have been finding the same thing – foods aren’t as good as i remember now that they are no longer forbidden. and wow, yes, it is the behavior and not the food.

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  4. Jess
    18 February 2010, 10:03 am

    Has this disappointment ever happened to you?

    All. The. Time.

    And I find it a blessing to be able to walk away like you just did. This morning, I ate emotionally. It was one Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. And yes, these were the kind I would sneak buy so I could binge on a box without my family knowing. Samoas have been a staple of my binge dieting since they first came out. And now . . . they’re getting put in that category with the maple sugar candy I used to dream about–into that place where I just don’t think the taste is worth the calories. Lorna Doone shortbread cookies went that way before I even got into a program, because they changed from using butter to using vegetable shortening. A part of my childhood–spring afternoon’s at my Nana’s home drinking ginger ale with Rose’s Lime Syrup while having a half-dozen Lorna Doones–died with it, and I just couldn’t go back with something inferior.

    Maybe that’s what happens to us–we get to a place in recovery where inferior doesn’t cut it and the compulsion to binge to find that perfect bite to transport us back is weaker than even our own weak willpower.

    I am so thankful this happens now, where I can throw away what I don’t want with only a bit of guilt. And even that, I expect, will fade as I commit to abstinence with renewed hope.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i think you are right , jess – we are in a place in recovery where inferior doesn’t cut it and we recognize the perfect bite won’t be found in that item. though it’s still surprising to me, i too am grateful for the feeling of wanting to toss it instead of just eating it because it’s there.

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  5. Jody - Fit at 52
    18 February 2010, 1:56 pm

    I loved this post! I always talk to myself when I eat/taste something that is a “treat” to me. If I don’t feel it is worth the calories, I dump it! Sometimes my hubby says he does not want to throw away stuff but I always say, if it is not worth it, why eat it.

    For me, it was the Hostess stuff as a kid – ding dongs & I loved those cinnamon crumb cakes in the handy little packet.. I always ate more than 1! 🙂 I have not had any of this stuff in too many years to count!

    Congrats to you!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Past Catching Up With the Present =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! i never heard the pipsqueaky voice that asked me if something tasted good before, i was probably too busy with my loud chewing! =). i am so grateful it is there now and that i can hear it (most of the time time). oooh, i loved those crumb cakes too!

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  6. Jill
    18 February 2010, 9:35 pm

    ooh my god lol, I hate anything filled creme or otherwise! I don’t mind glazed things though. Sorry that it was such a disappointment for you! One thing that I had the other night that I hope would taste the same as when I was a kid was Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup, I had a bowl and boy did it bring back memories! 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s ok it was a disappointment. it gave me the opportunity to make a good decision – to toss it instead of eating it just because it was there. i’m glad your chicken noodle soup brought back some good memories.

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  7. annemarie
    29 July 2010, 4:43 pm

    I grew up with TastyKakes in the 50’s – my favs were Chocolate Juniors, the cream-filled cupcakes with chocolate icing and the regular (not pb) TandyKakes. We were blue-collar, not at all used to the finer things in life, but all of us thought that there was no competition – Hostess and that ilk tasted like chemicals. We rarely ate processed foods – they just weren’t that available. How times have changed, no? I have to say that on the very rare occasions that I have a TastyKake, I still enjoy them, albeit with less filling (to my mind) and the pies are smaller and in a metal tray. I actually think it would be better for me to buy a package now and again rather than the whole cakes I snatch from a grocery store. TastyKakes are sacred; I wouldn’t feel right misusing them.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i grew up on them too and like for you, they were a big treat. i still LOVE the tandykakes.
    thanks for stopping by, annemarie!

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