No, we’re not crazy. Christmas in July has arrived, and it’s all thanks to Little Debbie and her sweet, cult-favorite snack cakes.
Arriving in stores now, Little Debbie’s iconic Christmas Tree Cakes are coming exclusively to Walmart shelves for a limited time this summer, being renamed Christmas in July Christmas Tree Cakes for the season.
In theory, using fruits and vegetables to sweeten the crumb of a cake is a wonderful thing. In practice, sometimes the vegetables people use are carrots. Though I am personally a fan of carrot cake, I've found that it's a controversial dessert choice. Some people are just not fans of having a vegetable most often associated with crudite in their cake.
There is nothing German about German chocolate cake. It's actually a purely American invention. The recipe was popularized thanks to a submission in the Dallas Morning News in 1957, and it was originally German's chocolate cake, after the popular brand of baking chocolate. Not that the origin of chocolate cake makes it any more delicious, but it makes a certain amount of sense, because in its pure excess of chocolate flavor, it feels like there's something deeply American about German Chocolate Cake.
There's a scene in Parks and Recreation when noted meat enthusiast Ron Swanson instructs a waiter to "Give me all the eggs and bacon you have." He then stops him, brings him back, and clarifies: "Wait, wait. I worry what you heard is 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.'" That is sort of how I feel about coconut cake. I do not want a whisper of coconut threaded delicately through the batter. I do not want a little pile of sweetened coconut on top.
Cheesecake is one of those delights that I forget about until it's presented to me. At home, I'll make pies or cookies, but if a friend brings over a cheesecake for a dinner party, or I see it as an option on the dessert menu, I remember just how delicious it is to be presented with a cake that is majority cheese.