Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy"

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2007/06/27 20:45:29 (permalink)

Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy"

Hi Guys,

I have been trying to get my family to remember a snack food I used to eat but they don't seem to have any idea of what I am talking about.

It was always called a "poor boy" or "po boy" snack cake to me. It was an individually wrapped 1/2 of a little cake. The entire cake would have been about 6-8 inches across. It was a golden brown (like a well done pancake) color. Was sort of like a yellow cake taste with cinnamon and had raisins in it.

I loved those when I was growing up in Louisiana and would like to see a picture to convince my family not to commit me.

I was a kid in the 60's.

The package was a clear type sort of like a honey bun package.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks - poboy

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    RE: Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy" 2007/06/27 21:11:00 (permalink)
    Wasn't that the regional name of a type of sandwich (the one called "Sub", "hoagie", "grinder", etc. in different places?
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    RE: Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy" 2007/06/28 02:03:19 (permalink)

    not the sweet version but hey heres a pic
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    RE: Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy" 2007/06/29 10:47:05 (permalink)
    Actually this was a snack sold in stores just like a Honey Bun. I wish I could recall the maker but I can't. From 15 feet away you could even have thought it was a honey bun. Not a Hoagy or traditional Poboy type sandwich.

    Perhaps it was something very regional to Northeast Louisiana.

    Thanks anyway
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    RE: Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy" 2007/06/29 11:15:49 (permalink)
    Nothing like it in the Chicago area...sorry!
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    Re: Anybody remember a snack food called a "poor boy" 2016/06/27 13:27:44 (permalink)
    Northeast Louisiana, 1960+, the poor boy is/was a half round cake, approx 1" thick. This spice cake was made denser than a typical cake, and included raisins. No icing on the poor boy. Probably made by Sunshine bakery, or Jackson bakery... possibly by Mondo (maker of Mello Brand Party Pie, in banana, chocolate, vanilla). Wrapped in a clear cellophane, with a half-moon label.

    A Poor Boy and either an RC Cola or Coke was a perfect snack after mowing the yard.

    In Rayville, LA, Poor Boy was available at: Bars Grocery (corner of Glenda and S Louisa, now US 425), Lizenby's Grocery, any of the "colored" stores, Burke's Grocery (6th and 137), Jitney Jungle, Rose Oil, Posey's Grocery, etc.

    Mmmmm good... make your own, and when you get an exact combo recipe, please post it. Pans of about 6" diameter are available from China about $2.50 each.

    Here's a compendium of this kind of cake, omit nuts/cherry if desired, obviously these were not in the Poor Boy half-round snack cake. The snack cake, being a production cake, probably was made from very simple ingredients, at low cost. Amazingly, they were delicious.

    Lastly, if YOU EVER find out the recipe for the gingerbread men from Bond's Bakery, old downtown Desiard St, Monroe, LA. Please post that... chewy or just sub-chewy, raisin eyes and buttons, no icing, about 6-7" tall, about 1/2" thick.



    1/2 lb. raisins or 1 box dates
    3 c. brown sugar
    3 c. water
    3 tbsp. oil
    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
    1 tsp. ground cloves

    Mix above ingredients and boil for 5 minutes.
    Cool to room temperature.

    Stir the following ingredients, one at a time,
    into cooled mixture:

    1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. salt
    4 1/2 c. flour

    Add 1 cup of walnuts and maraschino cherries.
    Pour into Bundt pan or divide into
    bread loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours
    for Bundt pan and 2 hour for
    loaf pans.



    2 1/2 c. water
    2 c. sugar
    1 tsp. cloves
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 c. shortening
    2 c. raisins
    1 tsp. nutmeg
    1 tsp. allspice

    Boil for 10 to 15 minutes and cool.
    Add 3 cups flour, 2 large teaspoon soda.
    Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.



    2 1/4 c. flour
    1 1/2 c. sugar
    3/4 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    4 1/2 tbsp. cocoa
    1 1/2 c. cold water
    1 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
    9 tbsp. oil

    Sift all dry ingredients together. Mix with water,
    oil, vinegar, vanilla and mix
    well with a spoon. Grease 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at
    350 degrees. Frost with a
    vanilla frosting.


    Poor Boy Cookies


    1 c. sugar
    2 c. flour
    1 c. raisins
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. soda
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1 c. water
    1 stick of oleo

    Put water, oleo, sugar and raisins in saucepan.
    Boil 10 minutes.
    Set aside to cool. When cool add remaining
    ingredients and mix well.
    Grease and flour large jelly roll pan with 1
    inch sides. Spread in
    pan and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until done.
    Glaze if desired


    1 stick oleo
    1 box icing sugar
    Enough warm milk to make glaze

    Beat hard, the beating makes it creamier.
    1 box icing sugar = powdered sugar.
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