I indulged myself by buying a box of Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls this weekend. As I stood in the kitchen savoring my treat, I first, gave thanks that I was not lactose intolerant as I was enjoying it with a glass of ice cold milk, but then I began to wonder. The Hostess Ho-Ho (terrbile name!) is essentially the same thing, and yet the Swiss Cake Roll is vastly superior. (Please do not sue me Hostess!) Perhaps it is because the Swiss Cake Roll comes two to a package while Ho-Ho is all by it's lonesome, or perhaps it is because SCR is covered in more of a milk chocolate coating, while HH is darker. I thought that it is because Hostess is a subset of a huge conglomerate and thus the little cakes have to ship farther. However, Little Debbie is also a subset of a big company, although not as big as the one Hostess belongs to, and so isn't exactly local. Interestingly enough Little Debbie snack cakes are also cheaper than Hostess, although that isn't really a deciding factor in why I enjoy them more.
It isn't that I think the Ho-Ho is bad, on the contrary had I never experienced a Swiss Cake Roll I would probably really enjoy them. But this is not the case. Ah, Swiss Cake Roll. Pass the milk.