Originally Posted by A-Rod's Cousin
I saw these at the store last week and had to buy them. I hadn't thought about them in years. I was surprised then were under $2. I was like "wow, that's pretty cheap! Those are good!" then I remembered "oh yeah they take 6 months off the end of your life though"
Don't think I've ever met someone who doesn't love Nutty Bars.
In before "I can't stand those."
I read a few years ago that the Nutty Bars were the unhealthiest Little Debbie snack, in terms of calories and whatnot. Which is certainly an accomplishment.
Being a Type 1 diabetic for forty years, I have always kept a box of Little Debbies in the house for when the ol' blood sugar level took an insulin spin and dropped. For the past few years, it has been these:
They are viciously sweet, and the sugar in there hits my system faster than just about anything else, including orange juice, which is considered the fastest by many. A doctor told me once that it might have something to do with the frosting (mmmmmm....frosting
) and creamy filling get absorbed in the membranes of the gums and mouth, and hitting quicker than if it was having to be absorbed into the bloodstream via digestion. I don't know if it is true or not. Don't care...it works like a glucose IV, and, to a sugar starved body, they taste amazing.
Plus, the frosting has a sloppy, chewy texture that coagulates into little geometric surprises behind one's teeth. It's a new, tasty, architectural treat, every time you eat one.
My mess is pretty well controlled, so I seldom have to scarf one. And after a few weeks, one has to toss the box, as they apparently don't have the same mix of preservatives as Hostess cakes, and start to lose taste and consistency.
Little Debbies are manufactured within a few miles from here, by McKee Bakery. The are a family-owned business, and basically own (or have owned) the town of Collegedale, which gets it's name from Southern College, a Seventh-Day Adventist school, that dominates the city. A lot of Adventists, as would be expected, live there. The Adventists are known for their adherence to a more healthy diet. Many are vegetarian, and they hew to a diet based on Judaic law. In Collegedale is a supermarket that sells food that is in accordance with such dietary standards, and has some amazing food. Their deli, alone, has customers who drive over a hundred miles to get 'em some. A friend who is a veggie-foodie type (yeah...I find that a little oxymoronic, too) swears by it. Just don't show up on Saturday, because it's the Sabbath, and they are closed up tight.
That such vicious nutritional landmines as Debbie Cakes (as some of the locals still call 'em) are produced a literal stone's throw from this bastion of healthy food always gave me a chuckle. Some may not remember when they were actually marketed as a healthy alternative.
I have no idea whether or not there is truth to the rumor that Debbie McKee, the bakery owner's granddaughter who served as the model for the iconic logo, is a lesbian and has been disowned by her family, although that has been repeated as fact by several Collegedale citizens I know. The fact that she apparently still works for the company kind of dispels the notion, or at least the part about her being ostracized. The hat and flannel shirt, though, do suggest that maybe "Little Butchie" would have been a more accurate sobriquet.