Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2019: The Year of The Krimpet

Spice Kake Krimpets - CVS
Tastykake is kind of a big deal around here, especially in Philadelphia. They may not be as pop culture friendly as Twinkies, but they get their fair share of shout-out's, like in the Ol' Dirty Bastard song, "Brooklyn Zoo." Honestly, I was never much of a Tastykake fan, but, in a not-so-shocking twist of fate, my Philly-born fiance is a Butterscotch Krimpet addict. I honestly had no idea. Since I buy all the groceries, and I'm not into Tastykakes, I never kept them in the house, but it turns out that he was buying them from a vending machine at work... until they ran out. That's when I started buying them, and let me tell you, I have bought more Krimpets in 2019 than I have purchased in my entire life.
Little did I know, 2019 was going to be the year of the Krimpet
I've reviewed pumpkin spiced Tastykake cupcakes back in 2015, so I knew those existed, but I never knew there was a seasonal take on their classic Krimpet. Actually. I'm not sure how long this seasonal spiced variety has been around. My Philly native-coworkers hadn't seen them before, so maybe they're new? They weren't listed on the official Tastykake seasonal section of their website, but according to the rest of the internet, there's also a seasonal Apple Cinnamon-filled jelly Krimpet that was available, but that wasn't mentioned on their website either. (It's a mystery!)

Time to compare: The cake is darker in color, similar to pumpkin bread or gingerbread, with a warm spiced aroma. The scent can seem a little pumpkin-spice-y at first, but upon closer sniff, you can tell it's classic cake spice. (A mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves.) It's a warm aroma, that magically finds the right balance between fall and winter, which is probably why they opted for generic box art. You get a lot more shelf-life longevity by steering clear of seasonal imagery and labels. 
On it's own, the cake is lightly sweet, soft, sponge-y, and it tastes like...holidays in Philadelphia. I don't know how else to describe it. This classic cake spice flavoring reminds me of Amish baked goods, Eagles scarfs, and my Pop-pop. He's a big fan of spiced cakes so I bet he'd like these a lot. Is it the best tasting cake I have ever had? No. But something about this spice blend just feels so warm and nostalgic, you can't help but fall in love with it a little. 
From what I can tell, the icing is a plain vanilla, and it peels off the top of the cake like a sheet of thinly rolled Play-Dough. It tastes like the vanilla bean confectioners sugar I bought at IKEA years ago, but it's thin, and lightly sweetened, so it compliments the cake nicely. Overall, this is a pretty great seasonal product. 
My fiance's verdict? He says he likes the original version better than this one, BUT I think he liked these more than he's letting on. There's no doubt the original is his favorite, but he devoured these just as fast as the normal ones, and when I pulled my one hidden-away review-package out of hiding and shared it with him this week, he was pretty excited. These might not be in his top three Tastykake products, but I think it's safe to say it met his Tastykake standards.  
Before any of you get your hopes up, I bought these way back in November, so if you're looking to buy a pack of these for yourselves, you'll need to wait until next fall, or buy a pack on eBay. If you do happen to see these around, I'd say they're definitely worth trying especially for you former Philly-natives missing a taste of home around the holidays. 
Fans of these would also like: Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes, Krimpets, Gingerbread
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