If you were raised on the high-fructose corn magic known as Tastykakes, that means a couple of things: You grew up in the Philly area, and you most likely have diabetes now. Was it worth it? Honestly, kind of. There’s no denying that these scrumptious nostalgia- and sugar-laden treats will always hold a special place in your clogged little heart -- and at the bottom of your brown-bag lunch (they fit perfectly down there and finding one buried under a PB&J and carrot sticks was akin to striking gold). After all, alongside the cheesesteak and the soft pretzel, they round out the city’s culinary trifecta.
The beloved baked-goods company has been entrancing its fans with these snacks since 1914 (it’s the OG dessert factory -- move over, Little Debbie) and it’s time the best among them were officially ranked. Though it’s difficult to forget each unique flavor and texture of every snack after gorging on them for umpteen years, I went ahead and jogged my memory with a very scientific, one-day taste test. (And almost threw up from all the sugar. Cheers to our faded youth.) These are the results: