A snack cake taste-off

From left: Julie Russo and Jennifer Chase of Watertown and Rose Proja of Waltham take notes during the snack cake rating at Arsenal Park in Watertown.
From left: Julie Russo and Jennifer Chase of Watertown and Rose Proja of Waltham take notes during the snack cake rating at Arsenal Park in Watertown.ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Individual snack cakes got a lot of attention when Hostess Brands Inc. (which also owned Drake’s) filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The company was divvied up, sold off, and when the popular snacks went off shelves, there was an Internet groundswell to save the Twinkie. In the year since, who-owns-what in the snack industry has changed and consolidated. Twinkies and the iconic chocolate cupcakes with white squiggles came back in July and the latest news is that McKee Foods of Tennessee, who owns Little Debbie, now also owns Drake’s. This week, they put an array of confections that had not been produced in recent months, back on shelves. That includes Yodels, Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and Ring Dings. It was time to have some fun. We gathered six adults and eight children at Arsenal Park for a casual tasting of snack cakes.

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