Snack cakes are a hot-button issue for a lot of people, especially if the controversy over snackable wedding cakes is any indication. They
represent a classic comfort for as most people had them during childhood. Even if your parents kept them out of the
house and out of your lunchbox, chances are good that you were able to indulge once in a while at the home of a friend.
From Twinkies to jam-filled krimpets, everyone has a favorite. If I had to guess, though, I would say that any kind of
cream-filled chocolate cupcake is the favorite for most people.
Ding Dongs and Ring Dings are actually the same thing: a
chocolate covered, cream-filled cupcake. Though sold under different brand names, Hostess and Drake's, respectively, they are produced by the same company. Hostess also sells their Ding Dongs as King Dons in some states, where there was a competitor with a similar name
and they wanted to avoid confusion. The when the competitor went out of business, they tried to return to selling only
Ding Dongs, but there was such an outcry, that they kept the King name. Little
Debbie also makes a similar product, called a
Devil Square and Tastykake makes a cream-filled chocolate
cupcake, though only their Kandy Kakes are fully covered in
chocolate, not their cupcakes.
Some people swear that they can taste the difference between these products, but I think that it's unlikely.
Packaging doesn't impart any flavor into the cake within. Personally, I think that Tastykake makes the best of
the bunch, though I'll take a Butterscotch
Krimpet over a cream-filled cupcake any day.