consisted of 33 baseball cards:
6Cal Ripken, Jr.
The 1986 set had 37 cards:
11Cal Ripken, Jr.
May we pause for a moment to consider the humble Drake's cake? If you grew up in the Northeast, you know about Yodels, Yankee Doodles and Ring Dings.
Sure, there were Funny Bones and Coffee Cakes and Pies from the Drake's Baker Duck too, but they were secondary to the glory of the Primary Three. Perhaps this prejudice toward Drake's is rooted in my city-kid mindset. To quote brandlandusa.com,
"Hostess products are different than Drake’s, and confusing the two is not helpful. Hostess is very middle America, with its Twinkies,
Ho Hos and Cupcakes.
Drake’s is urban.In fact, Drake’s products are less sweet than Hostess, and have a more European taste. For instance, a Devil Dog is perfect with coffee.Twinkies are not."
for the real Drake's cakes will never be known again. They were already iffy by the late 1980s.
Now they are all modernicky. For one thing, they stopped quite a while ago individually wrapping Ring Dings and Yodels in foil. This changeover to plastic wrappers affected flavor much the same as the right shaped wine glass affects bouquet and nose. Here's a review of Drake's Cakes in their prime:
This was the pretender.
Yodels: Chocolate frosted creme filled Swiss roll. Sold as one two small cakes in a single wrapper. Wrapped in foil when life was good. A PLATONIC SNACK.
Funny Bones: Similar to Yodels but with squared off edges and corners rather than being a cylindrical roll, and filled with peanut butter flavored creme. GACK.
Fruit Pies: No lard in Drake's pies (often used by other companies to make the crust more flaky), and in having two (half-sized) square shaped pies in a pack, instead of a single rectangular pie, presentation was unique and compelling. PRETTY GOOD.
We have never been fond of sweets, or even chocolate. Drake's was an exception. Remember, modern versions of these cakes are much more chemically processed and oilier-tasting yet dryer than the originals. Thus, modern taste tests, although noble and kind of sweet, do not count. If we could get in a time machine and do the test, now THAT would count. Sadly, we cannot share the wonder of Drake's Cakes with our kids because they now only exist in name only.
Do you remember cutting out the cards from the Drake's box? The crookedness of the cutout cards that Marie sent us make them absolutely perfect. They are not only dinged, but crooked and hacked and nonlinear. We love them. Thank you, Marie!