When I reviewed Hostess’ holiday flavors last month, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Mint is a great holiday flavor and all, but chocolate covered strawberry? You guys have so many uniquely “holiday” flavors to choose from, and you go with chocolate covered strawberry? Something definitely seemed off, and I’m not just talking about the numbers I’ve been seeing on the scale lately.
Luckily, Little Debbie has arrived with the perfect remedy: even more snack cakes! It’s like I always say: if at first you don’t succeed, jam some more cake into your mouth and carry on. But these snack cakes differ from Hostess’ line-up. First, Little Debbie kicks any notions of mere “peppermint” clear into the new year. Nuh uh, we’ve got Candy Cane Cake Rolls in the house! Second, ol’ Debbie Claus went with eggnog for her other cake rolls. Since eggnog is an actual winter holiday flavor. Paying attention over there, Hostess?
I have no idea how eggnog came to be, and I’m too lazy to look it up. All I know is that it’s a chilled beverage made with cream, sugar, eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. This stuff is about as nutritious as it gets, folks. Candy canes are, of course, red and white striped peppermint candy. And thanks to Little Debbie, both eggnog and candy canes are now available in cake form. Don’t ever let anyone tell you we’ve stopped innovating.
Jiminy Christmas, did someone pour me a glass of fresh eggnog, or did I just unwrap a Little Debbie Eggnog Cake Roll? In case it wasn’t obvious from the previous sentence, these things smell exactly like eggnog. There’s some crazy food science going on here, and it’s impressive.
Equally as impressive is how much Little Debbie Eggnog Cake Rolls taste like eggnog, too. All those ingredients I listed above? Yeah, none of them is specifically listed on the box (just a bunch of chemicals), but you can taste all of them. The cream filling is smooth, almost like a Cool Whip consistency, and it carries a sweet and slightly cinnamon/nutmeg flavor. As I worked through one cake roll, though, that flavor started to warp and became a little too artificial. Must be all of those chemicals at work.
The main drawback to these cake rolls, ironically, is the cake. It’s similar to yellow cake but not quite as flavorful, and it’s also a little on the dry side. But overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how well these captured the taste of eggnog.
On to Little Debbie Candy Cane Cake Rolls. My closest point of comparison for these is White Peppermint Twinkies. Little Debbie’s version scraps the Twinkies’ white fudge coating in favor of a generic sweet icing.
So are Candy Cane Cake Rolls better than White Peppermint Twinkies? In my opinion, no. As weak as the mint flavor was in White Peppermint Twinkies, there seems to be even less of it here. The mint builds as you eat it, but there’s much to be desired in that respect. There’s no distinct peppermint “bite,” no substantial cooling sensation. The frosting coating provides nothing but added sweetness. My issues with the cake itself are the same as the Eggnog Cake Rolls.
Finally, a minor but not insignificant gripe: White Peppermint Twinkies had some crunchy sugar pieces on top; there’s nothing like that featured in Candy Cane Cake Rolls. You’d think the cake would include something resembling the texture of the candy it’s named for.
Similar to Hostess’ holiday offerings, I would place Little Debbie Eggnog and Candy Cane Cake Rolls squarely in the “decent to good” range. I’ve got to give the edge to Eggnog Cake Rolls, purely for how well they mimic such a unique holiday treat. But at the end of the day, when more treats are being turned into cake, we’re all winners here.
|Item:||Little Debbie Eggnog and Candy Cane Cake Rolls|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$1.88 per box at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 roll):||Eggnog Cake Rolls: 260 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 3 grams of monounsaturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
Candy Cane Cake Rolls: 270 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 3 grams of monounsaturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 25 milligrams of potassium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 28 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
|In a Nutshell:||Eggnog Cake Rolls taste very similar to actual eggnog. Candy Cane Cake Rolls are weak on mint and don’t really resemble candy canes. Broken scales. Living in the age of snack innovation.|
|Overall Score:||Eggnog Cake Rolls: 7.5 out of 10
Candy Cane Cake Rolls: 6.5 out of 10
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