TastyKakes have a very short shelf life. Unlike Hostess products, such as Twinkies that were edible as long as twenty-seven years after manufacture (or so I've been told), TastyKakes aren't full of preservatives. Some have to be eaten within a week or two or pulled from the shelves of stores and disposed of.
Shortly after this incident, TastyKakes appeared on the shelves of our local grocery store in Orange County, California. Imagine my surprise. I did a little checking and found that they had rented warehouse space and were shipping a limited selection of their products from Philadelphia, the ones that could be refrigerated without destroying their texture or flavor. I contacted their local marketing representatives and made my pitch. “Modernize the packaging.” “Invest in advertising.” “Sponsor events.”
Well, not completely. Luckily, there is a fast food chain that serves up a reasonably good Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich and offers popular Philadelphia drinks and sides. They also have a limited selection of TastyKakes for desert.