1. Maxime Talbot Scores for a Case of TastyKakes

    Scoring for a case of TastyKakes

    verb.

    To score the first goal of the game and win a case of TastyKakes.

    example: "He shoots, he scores - for a case of Tastykakes!" - Gene Hart

    Tastykakes were born and bred in the Philadelphia area and supply several states on the east coast with their scrumptious snacks. The Kandy Kake was created in the 1930’s and consisted of yellow cake, covered with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate. Tastykakes eventually became sponsors for the Philadelphia Phillies & Flyers. Along with the soft pretzel & cream cheese, Tastykakes have become a Philadelphia icon.

    During the Stanley Cup run in the 1970’s, the goal call of the late Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart was “He shoots, he scores - for a case of Tastykakes!” Each Flyers player who first scored a goal was awarded a case of the yummy Tastykakes. Currently, the case of Tastykakes is given to the favorite charity of that particular player who scores first.

     I wanted to dedicate this treat to Maxime Talbot, who’s one of the best defensive forwards and penalty killers in the league.  Max once was an enemy of the Flyers, playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won a Stanley Cup in 2009.  In 2011, Max escaped from the dark side and signed a five year contract with the Flyers.  In his first season with the Flyers, he appeared in 81 regular season games, scored 19 goals & 15 assists to record his NHL career high total of 34 points.  

    In a recent game against the New York Rangers, Talbot flew head first into the boards, left the game to receive concussion tests & stitches only to return later to play.  Talbot’s iron man mentality has won over the hearts of Philadelphia fans and is one of the reasons he is currently one of my favorite players. 

    The Tastykake recipe below is for the chocolate peanut butter Kandy Kakes, which is one of my favorite  childhood treats.

    Ingredients:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large pan (preferably 10-15 inches). Whisk together flour and baking powder in separate bowl.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar & vanilla. Using a hand mixer  beat until thoroughly combined.
    3. Beat in flour mixture.
    4. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    5. Once cake is cool, using a round cookie cutter, cut circular pieces of cake (optional). *
    6. Using a spatula, spread peanut butter over cake. Refrigerate until peanut butter is hardened.
    7. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate and spread over cakes. Refrigerate to set.

     * Cake may be left square in pan instead of cutting into separate cakes! 

    Sink your teeth in and score!