Mariya, can't believe you've never encountered Sno Balls, although NewJerseyites are all brainwashed into thinking that Tastykake products are the best snacks - soo wrong
(I know it's a Philly company, but I swear their products are only ever seen in abundance in Jersey). PM me your address and I'll mail you a package of Sno Balls
- altho the USPS may classify them as dangerous contents.
If one were to put two Sno Balls together to form a full sphere, the outer layer could substitute for a rubber ball any day of the week
. Originally, there were only the white and pink ones; in recent years, they've had green for St Patrick's Day, orange for Halloween, and - I think - purple for Easter.
Alice, I'm with you on Devil Dogs (my second most favorite) but both those and Yodels were originally Drake's products (Hostess ultimately bought out Drake's, although I thought it was in relatively recent times). Yodels were never a favorite of mine, but I have no recollection of them being wrapped in foil, guess I'll add that fact to my trivia lore.
My personal favorite were (and remain) SuzyQs. Like Alice's description of her efforts to make the best part last longest, I would eat the entire chocolate cake circle out from around the cream center - which made for a messy finish
But, when I was a kid, we could go to Joe McRae's store, get a bologna sandwich with cheese on a fresh Kasanof's bulkie roll, a bottle of RC Cola (because RC had the largest bottle), and a pkg of SuzyQs for $.40 total. My best friend and I managed to pool that extravagant sum about 3 times a week and when we couldn't we'd offer to do odd jobs for Joe to earn the $. Joe, of blessed memory, was a pushover and we never had to work too hard to 'earn' our gourmet meal
Have to agree with Bob that the hostess fruit pies were good. I was never a fan of regular turnover pastry (still not) but I liked the firm, glazed pastry that surrounded those pies. Never met a flavor of them that I didn't like - always wished they'd put out a mince version though.