Growing up in the greater Philadelphia area, we learn from a young age that foods come in two groups: cheese steaks and Tastykakes. Opening your lunch box to find a pack of Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes made you the envy of the lunch table. Coming home from school and kicking back with a glass of milk and a cream filled chocolate cupcake made that horrible day at school seem insignificant. Tastykake has been providing us with delicious treats and wonderful memories for the last 100 years. Its crazy to think that people in other parts of the country don’t have Tastykakes lining their grocery store shelves, but that’s what makes them so special to us. Tastykake is a staple in Philadelphia and they’re part of what makes our city so great.
The first baking facility was opened on Sedgely Avenue in Philadelphia’s Germantown section. In 1922, Tastykake moved its operations to Huntington Park Avenue where it would remain for almost ninety years. Better facilities led to more baking experiments and in 1927, the Krimpet was created followed by their most innovative product yet, individually wrapped pies. In 1931, Tastykake introduced Tandy Kakes, which later would be re-named Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, and they are now the top-selling item in theentire Tastykake line of products.
By the 1980’s, Tastykakes’ improved distribution had made it possible to get fresh cakes from New England to Florida and as far west as Ohio. With demand for Tastykakes increasing, the company decided to open another baking facility in Oxford, Pennsylvania in 1996. In 2009, the Huntington Park bakery was shut down and a new state of the art facility was opened in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
In 2011, Tasty Baking merged with Flowers Foods, one of the largest baking companies in the U.S. Joining with Flowers has allowed Tastykake to bring Philadelphia’s favorite snack cakes to retail stores around the country, introducing millions of Americans to one of Philadelphia’s best loved treats.
The first day of operations in 1914, Tastykake bakers produced 100 cakes. Today, they bake over 4.8 million cakes, donuts, cookies, and pies each day. As locals, we’ve all eaten our fair share of Tastykakes and we all have our own memories associated with them. To us, Tastykake is more than just a baking company. They’re a little piece of our childhood that we can hold on to and share with our own children. So thank you Tastykake and here’s to another 100 years in Philadelphia!