Classic Snacks Cookbook Shoot Outtakes!

Classic Snacks Cookbook Shoot Outtakes!

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

[pinit] Gluten-Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes For the Brand-Name Treats You Love. Coming to a bookstore near you in early 2015 (no official publication date yet!). Click on the Nicole Hunn Amazon Author Page & sign up for “new release emails” on amazon.com and you’ll be the first to know when it’s available for preorder! For now, these outtakes will have to be proof enough that this is going to be the very best gluten free cookbook YET. Expect all the very best gluten free copycat recipes for snack cakes, cookies, crackers, candy and everything in between. Like these Gluten Free Ring Ding-Style Snack Cakes. And our lovely food stylist Erin wasn’t really about to eat them. She’s, like, way classier than that.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Classic Snacks doesn’t even have an ISBN yet. Certainly not a cover! So how do I know that it’s going to be the best gluten free cookbook yet? Here’s how: Yesterday at 2:00 in the afternoon, photographer extraordinaire Jennifer May took the final shot of my fourth gluten free cookbook. It was beautifully styled by food stylist Erin Jeanne McDowell (be sure to check out more of her work on her blog The Shutter Oven). And Jen May was even gracious enough to shoot (all the best of these) behind-the-scenes shots. What a jackpot! Oh, those are Little Debbie-Style Oatmeal Creme Pies. It’s like that.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

How about a Hostess-Style Fruit (Apple) Pie? Fried and glazed. Perfect.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

What’s that? You’ve been missing Kit Kats? Yeah, we’ve got that. And the crispy tort wafers, made gluten free? They’re in there. Trust me!

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Here’s what Erin and I, and my kitchen, looked like for 6 days. Give or take.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

The Tasty Kake-Style Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes? My Philly-born husband says, “these are totally legit.”

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Copycat Vitatops, Weight Watchers-Style Lemon Creme Cakes, more Kit Kats, 100 Grand Bars and more!


Daisy the Ragdoll cat wasn’t around a ton, but when she was, she knew some good Twinkie-Style snack cakes when she saw them.


My husband played dog wrangler.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

And my kids competed for the job of hand model. They are currently between agents, if anyone in the biz is interested.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Ritz Bits-Style peanut butter sandwich crackers and iced oatmeal cookies.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

We didn’t iron the snack cakes, but Jen May did iron some of the linens. I tried to get her to do my dry cleaning, but she just chuckled. I took it as a “no.”

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

I took a few behind-the-scenes shots, but all the best ones are Jen’s of course!

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Erin bringing cookies to the “set,” a.k.a. my dining room…

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Erin brought her expertise to every corner of the shoot, including experience doing actual snack cake ads! So basically, this is quite literally as close as we are ever going to get to seeing what an actual Hostess cupcake would look like … if it were made gluten free right from the source.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Hostess-Style Gluten Free “Sno Balls” anyone?

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Little Debbie-Style Star Crunch, complete with proper cookie center (they’re more than just chocolate crispy rice treats, you know!).

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

With Erin shaping the pies and Jen behind the camera, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Erin even taught my kids to “twizzle,” and explained to my son that she is a “professional twizzler.” It’s a thing.

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

Each day when it was time to knock off for the day, no one was allowed to leave without a to-go box …

Classic Snacks (And Desserts) Are Back!: The Brands You Love—Made Gluten Free

… although the day’s particular offerings did vary. We all love to eat and make food look and taste wonderful. And it will all be yours early next year. I just. can’t. wait.

And …. that’s a wrap!


P.S. UPDATE: Classic Snacks is now available for preorder (no cover yet, though, but soon)! And visit Jennifer May Photography to check out Jen’s breathtaking shots and Erin Jeanne McDowell on her blog The Shutter Oven!

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  • Meg
    May 26, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    OMG…..this looks incredible. I need to start working out now to work off all of the calories I am going to eat!!! :)

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  • Jackie Fretwell
    May 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    WOW WOW WOW….holy cow.. I cannot wait, but I’m gonna have too but I can’t..oh me oh my..what fun there is coming. Y’all have done an amazing job on all these goodies! I wish I was right there with you taste tasting everything! ☺☺

  • May 20, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    OMG this is like a total flashback to my childhood, looks beyond amazing! I forgot how much I loved those Little Debbie crispy star treats! And the apple pies, oh and hello kit kats, my husband is going to flip. What a fun photo shoot and sooo tasty! Congrats on another fantastic book :)

  • Mare Masterson
    May 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    So how many people wanted to bite the pictures because they looked that good? I know I did!! Kit Kats, Ring Dings, Tastykake Kandy Kakes (and hopefully Entenmann’s NY Style Coffee Cake)…oh yes! Oh, 2015, please hurry up!! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!

  • MegglesMoo
    May 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    OMG I can’t wait!!

    Is it naughty that I’m already wondering if I can use the KitKat Wafers to make Ferrerro Rocher balls … :D

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      MegglesMo, no need! Inside Ferrero Rocher truffles are actually crushed hazelnut cookies. And those are already in the book, too. :) Have a look: http://instagram.com/p/n_M0qERpUf/

      • MegglesMoo
        May 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Oh my oh my oh my!!! You are the bestest person on the planet! :D

  • Jennifer S.
    May 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I’m sad to say I don’t know what these Tandy cakes even are! Also it just dawned on me that the lady in the first shot looks like the stay puff marshmellow guy in ghost busters. Lol. Classic!

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Okay. So. I asked my husband about the “tandy” cakes thing and he said that it’s really just a nickname for what are actually “Kandy Kakes.” Not that you know what those are, but if you google “Kandy Kakes” you’ll find them. :)

      • Mare Masterson
        May 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Tastykakes!!!!!!!! I look at them at the store, longingly I might add, along with Yankee Doodles and Devil Dogs.

  • Rose
    May 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Holy Crap! Looks AMAZING! I’m, like, dead already with the pain of waiting!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks sooooooo much Nicole! SOOOO EXCITED!

  • Brandy
    May 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Crunch Stars, Kandy Cakes, Kit Kats, oh my! I can’t wait for this to come out – looks like you guys have been hard at work :) :)

  • Got2bFree
    May 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Predicting at least a 5lb weight gain!

  • Heather Owens Simelaro
    May 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I’m dying. This can’t come soon enough. The bread book made me crazy, but this is completely, over-the-top, HAVE TO HAVE. I have never actually had to worry about drooling while reading about a cookbook, but I very nearly had a puddle looking at these pictures. I have cried and sighed about all the things I miss, and they were all junk food that never quite had either the right taste or texture even if I DID find an equivalent. Now I’m in tears from joy, you have just made my day, and I can’t wait to make these!!! Thank you!!!

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Aw, Heather, that’s so great. I promise to give it all back … and then some!

  • jillian
    May 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    my jaw dropped at these photos, and truly my jaw rarely drops….so will be happy when this book comes out.

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Ooooh that sounds like high praise indeed, Jillian. :)

  • Debi Robarts
    May 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I can not wait. This looks amazing!!! :)

  • Carol
    May 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    You are AWESOME Nicole! I look forward to adding your 4th book to my collection, but more important, I look forward to baking along with you. You have made life taste great for so many of us. Thank you for all the time you spend in the kitchen..

  • Charlotte Moore
    May 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    WOW!!!! I can’t imagine how you did all this. I love sno balls.

  • anna
    May 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Hostess cupcakes! This teaser is amazing and terrible. How am I supposed to wait until 2015? I’m slowly making my way through Bakes Bread (and getting better at the shaping techniques with every loaf/batch!), but… Hostess style cupcakes….

  • Joyce
    May 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Wow I can’t wait until the book comes out.

  • Samantha
    May 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Star Crunches?! Oh my goodness….I miss them so much. Can’t wait to try yours:)

  • K. Shaw
    May 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Ooooh! It all looks so good! I can’t wait to get the new cookbook, I already know it’s great. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  • Anneke
    May 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Iced oatmeal cookies for me, Kit Kats for Linnea. And Kandy Kakes for everyone! It will be a party! Love your kitchen, by the way. Funny how it looks a lot like mine, except no copycat treats on my counter. Yet!

  • Lucy
    May 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Wow! I wish I was there baking with you, you are so blessed and talented. You bet I’m signing up! How do you stay so slim and trim, I would be a balloon after baking all them goodies :)
    How are you gonna top this book will be a great challenge!
    Love ya! ….HUGS!

  • Candice
    May 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Tandy Kakes?! I don’t know why, but that is what we always called them. But, yum! I am very excited to have these again!! Any my family will be too, they just don’t know it yet. They are all from the Northeast, but I’m a Pennsylvania native and these were a staple in my lunchbox. As were the Little Debbie snack cakes. And I’m sure yours taste so good! Can’t wait. I’ll be preordering as soon as you get that ISBN!
    Seriously, the longer I am gluten free, the better I’ve been feeling – my migraines are disappearing and no digestive issues. But I have to say that I’ve really only been able to stick with it because the stuff I’m baking tastes better! I started gluten free to help my daughter, but I’ll be gluten free for life because it has helped my health immensely. Thank you thank you thank you for bringing so many good recipes into our lives. This is much more than a job for you, its a calling!

  • Michelle
    May 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Oh.my.gosh. Those are beyond what I would have imagined when you said you were doing classic snacks! How exciting!I assume ring dings are the same as ding dongs? And snowballs??!! Those look like they will be like the delicious ones I remember from my childhood, not the plastic foodlike product they are now. Thanks for making them better than the regular product! BTW- love your blue walls- bright but cool.

  • Sherry L
    May 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Thanks for sharing the awesome pics of all the amazing goodies that you have in store for us! The fourth cookbook looks to be another gluten free bakers’ dream come true! Thanks for all of your hard work Nicole!

  • May 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Oh yes, everything looks so fantastic! I’m particularly excited about the Tandykakes. Some of my fondest memories of childhood were sitting in my grandparents South Philly kitchen, eating peanut butter tandykakes and butterscotch krimpets straight from the freezer. Yum!

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      They’ll both be in there, Alexandra! Straight from the freezer, huh? I’ll have to ask my husband if that’s what he did. That sounds like the right way to do it. :)

      • Brian H.
        May 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        My Uncle definitely eats Kandy cakes from the freezer.

  • Erin Lowery Baerwaldt
    May 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait!

  • Jennifer S.
    May 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    HOLY.CRAP. I am salivating over here. Everything looks super duper fab – cannot wait!! Great job friend – you should be super proud!!! You will tell us where you got the kit kat mold, right? :)

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Thank, Jennifer!! Of course! I will tell you where I got everything you need. And believe it or not the Kit Kat mold wasn’t very hard to find at all. I will have tons and tons of resources in the book, and I will be sure to do a “getting ready” post on the blog like I did with Bakes Bread. :)

  • suzanne bell
    May 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    2015………..you have me wishing my life away!! OK, I will just keep working my way through the bread book and not lusting after snacks!!

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I can’t wait. I really can’t. Maybe even more than with the other books. So much excitement!

  • John Lachett
    May 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Just take my money now!! I. Must. Have. The pictures are just so amazing and the sneek peek at some of the items, I just can’t wait/believe what I saw! You’re such a talent AND resource! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    ACK!!!! 2015 though? I’m DYIN’ OVAH HE-AH!!!!!! (it’s a S Philly thang!)
    Your GFF,
    John L

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Did you catch the Kandy Kakes, John?! And anyway you know I couldn’t do it without you, right? Truth.

      • John Lachett
        May 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Did I see them? Drool. Ing. Seriously, as a native Philadelphian I almost fell out of my seat when I saw the picture, I didn’t even have to read the caption to know what it was. I just “knew” in my bones!!!

      • Anneke
        May 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        I knew from the picture, too, John! Must be in our blood!

      • John Lachett
        May 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Philly represent!!! I Bleed gravy!!

  • lettergirl
    May 19, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Can’t wait, Nicole! Especially for those Kit Kats!

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Seriously, they’re worth the price of the book alone, lettergirl! I promise. :)

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