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Monday
Aug102009

Sweet Surrender: A Little Debbie Death Match

Little Debbie Death Match
Oh, Little Debbie. You loyal lunchtime companion, you siren of saccharine sweetness. With you, we've unwrapped so many smiles--and you've never asked for anything in return.

Which is all to say, Little Debbie, that you never did anything to deserve what follows...but in the dark reality of the real world, sometimes bad things happen to good people. Yup--it's time for a...

Little Debbie Death Match

 

 

But first, to get some important information out of the way:

What have you done? A side by side comparison of several Little Debbie treats to see which one will rise victorious through various challenges. Winners were determined simply: at the end of each challenge, which seemed the most edible? (Though, as a disclaimer, we did not eat them afterward)
Little Debbie Display
Which Treats Were Used? Since the Little Debbie line boasts over 50 varieties of snack cakes, it was elected (for the sake of brevity, and to conserve cash) to choose just four treats that would be representative of some of the major textures and flavors; ultimately, it was narrowed down to the following contenders from their list of bestselling treats: Cosmic Brownies, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Swiss Rolls, and Zebra Cakes.

Why Did You Do This? To see which snack cake is truly superior. And also, you know, for fun.

 

Let the games begin:

Challenge One: Death by Boiling

Objective: To see which treat would last the longest when dropped into a pot of boiling water.
See you in hell, cosmic brownie!Still alive!
Brownie: Dude. This brownie was a survivor--while the icing melted fairly quickly, even after six minutes the cake part was holding strong and still retaining much of its original form. It wasn't until minute seven that it began to fall apart.
See you in Hell, Oatmeal Creme Pie!Oatmeal Creme Pie Boiling
Oatmeal Creme Pie: This little guy never stood a chance. Almost instantly the snack cake began to fall apart when it hit the boiling water; in under thirty seconds, it had completely liquefied, with not even crumbs remaining.
See you in Hell, Swiss Rolls!Swiss Rolls--After
Swiss Roll: These dudes were probably the luckiest of the bunch: since they come in pairs, at least they didn't have to die alone. When the rolls hit the boiling water, the chocolate glaze melted almost immediately, with the cream filling following in short order--however, the cake held on for dear life, slowly unraveling and remaining solid (albeit bloated and soft) for a good four and a half minutes before the spongy pieces began to fall apart. 
Boiling a Zebra cakeDeath to Zebra Cake!
Zebra Cake: The first thing that happened was that this cake seemed to dissect itself: the top icing and middle creme layer began to melt, thus separating the cake layers, which then began to expand in the water. The pieces held steady for nearly five minutes until they began to disintegrate.
Winner: Cosmic Brownie, which not only lasted longest but also retained the best form.

 

Challenge Two: Death by Car
Objective: To see which treat would fare best when run over by a car.
Cosmic brownie about to be run overSweet Roadkill
Brownie: Held its form surprisingly well, considering that it was a frosted brownie--no frosting stuck to the car wheel. Perhaps because it was so oily? This one was definitely the most interesting to look at, too.
Oatmeal Creme Pie about to be run overRoadkill
Oatmeal Creme Pie: Like the brownie, this little sandwich cookie fared pretty well, retaining its general makeup and not even losing much filling. 
Swiss Roll about to be run overSweet Roadkill
Swiss Roll: Total Goners. They stuck everywhere: the tire, between the treads, the ground. It was grisly.
Zebra cake about to be run overSweet Roadkill
Zebra Cake: Not much better than the Swiss Rolls--it seemed as if this snack cake exploded under the weight of the car. 
Winner: Oatmeal Creme Pie. While it was a hard decision between this and the brownie, ultimately the fact that the filling was intact made it slightly more appetizing.

Challenge Three: Death by Flight
Objective: To see which snack cake would fare best after being dropped from a second-story window.
Fallen brownie
Brownie: After landing on its side, Brownie almost looked normal...but upon closer inspection, had a strange and unnatural twist in its side. Sure, it survived...but it would never be the same.
Oatmeal Creme Pie after falling
Oatmeal Creme Pie: The cookies acted as a protective buffer, and quite honestly, this one probably just could have been dusted off and given to a friend, and nobody would have been the wiser.
Fallen Swiss Cake Roll
Swiss Roll: The roll cracked open at the seam, allowing the sweet cream to ooze out--the equivalent of a confectionery head wound?
Massacre! Creme FillingFallen Zebra Cake
Zebra Cake: Poor, poor Zebra Cake. This one fared the worst, hitting a step on the way down and leaving a sad trail of creme filling as it went. Zebra Cake was so not okay.
Winner: Oatmeal Creme Pie. It didn't seem to have suffered very much at all, other than collecting some dead leaves and dust.

Challenge Four: Death by Mr. CakeSpy
Objective: To see which treat will fare best when jumped on by the mighty Mr. CakeSpy.
JumperDanny jumps on it
See? He meant business. 
Brownie after being jumped-on
Brownie: Not so bad at all. It definitely suffered, but didn't lose its form under the weight of the mighty jump.
Oatmeal Creme Pie, Smashed
Oatmeal Creme Pie: Sure, it's only a small bit of creme filling poking out of the top cookie...but who's to say it's not a cookie concussion, bound to claim the cookie's life at any moment?
Smashed Swiss Cake Roll
Swiss Roll: Oh, poor swirly treats: the creme that makes them so delicious was also their downfall, popping out at the ends and rendering them limp and a shadow of their former selves.
Ouch!
Zebra Cake: Though the form was somewhat intact, the moment the cellophane was lifted, half of the frosting and cake came with it. Another one bites the dust.
Winner: Brownie. It was close, but ultimately the Oatmeal Creme Pie looked like it might not survive.

 

Which Snack Takes the Cake? Looks like it's a tie between the Oatmeal Creme Pie and the Brownie--but if you want a sweet survivor, stay away from the the iced snack cakes--they're total softies.

Conclusion: Overall, these Little Debbie treats are hardier than you might think: they're willing and able to withstand all sorts of hardship and will generally remain surprisingly edible. Of course, whether this information is comforting or horrifying is up to you. Naysayers may express horror at the health implications of ingesting foods that won't die. But isn't it much nicer to think that if you grew up eating them, you might have absorbed some of these sweet super powers?
Little Debbie Death Match

 

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Reader Comments (55)

Um...does someone have a little too much time on their hands...

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Hahaha, that was fantastic.

@Carol - I would say the opposite...I wish Jessie had all the time in the world to do more of this :P

...next....on the the Hostess'!!!!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterBear Silber

That was THE best thing I have seen in a long time. In fact, I laughed so hard at Little Devil Debbie, something came out of my nose.

The Swiss Cake Roll that was flattened by a car? Looks suspiciously like squirrel road kill.

Hahaha! I haven't laughed so long in a while! Totally awesome! I thought it was going to be a taste test at first. :D

I used to buy the oatmeal creme pies for my kids because you got more of them per box than with the other snacks. Now I see that they're also pretty strong stuff!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterOwl Chick

omg was going to say the same as above -- the swiss cake roll after the tire looks like a squirrel with angel wings!!! coincidence? i think not!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterHalfmad

Now I have to go to the store and get some Oatmeal Cream Pies - serious craving attack!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterSuki

This is hilarious! Oatmeal Cream Pies are one of my favorites but to be honest it sorta scares me that with all they went throw they held up so well. Seriously what do they put in those things?

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Soo funny, what a great pick me up to read! These are a great childhood pastime!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hahah how do you come up with these crazy ideas? too cute.

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterLina

You forgot to try death by flushing, I can just picture the mutant forms that would be created in the town sewage treatment plant....

August 10 | Unregistered Commenterhmstrjam

You always put a smile on my face with your posts.

About the sweet potato pudding. I have never made it but I think the sweet potato is mashed, seasoned with some spices and then placed in a bowl and steamed. It is served on Saturdays with souse made of pork, pig's feet or chicken feet. See this post for souse: http://www.tasteslikehome.org/2009/06/losing-food-identity.html

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Shoot – I was rooting for the swiss cake rolls. I like to remove the chocolate coating first and eat it before I eat the cake. Weird, I know.

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterBakerella

OW, hahaha, i lawlz at ze gateaus

August 10 | Unregistered Commentermel

That IS horrifying. And yet now I crave an oatmeal pie...

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

So awesome! You've made me nostalgic for these sweets, although I'm afraid they wouldn't live up to the memory.

Amazing.

I'm curious... which would dominate after a few seconds (or longer) in a microwave??

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Lou

The cake process is really insightful :)

LOL- this is why I love you!

August 10 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

this made me giggle, as well as making me hungry.
I don't know what it is... it's just something about squashed sweet treats that make my tummy grumble :D

August 11 | Unregistered Commenterkimberley

haha pretty funny! We used to buy Little Debbie's all the time. It's been years since I've had any though.

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Hilarious challenges...loved the comics that went along with it. Glad to see my old friends the Oatmeal Cream Pies come out on top (well, a tie is as good as a win right?).

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterTender Branson

Mmm, these snacks got me through high school (back when they were only 25 cents!). I think death by car was the best one, if only because the brownie.

I think you may have invigorated my quest to recreate the oatmeal cream pie at home!

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

LOL! Hey I could have eaten those!!! ;) Especially the oatmeal pie YUMMY!!!

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterMellz

Next time, I will read you when I get back home. I started jiggling behind my computer and my coworkers still don't understand...
I really liked the car crash test, and I am sure that the brownie could be given to a CSI team for car DNA match and everything. That has to be a winner, right?

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterDolce

how come your blog updates show up first on bloglovin "to-thali awesome" before it shows up on your blog?? :@
That is frustrating!

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
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