About Those Chocolate Twinkies


You have to marvel at the strength and ingenuity of a company that got its start during The Great Depression, selling happiness during a bleak time by convincing boot-strapped Americans to spend a nickel on two shortcakes filled with banana cream filling – the original Twinkie®.

In the 1960s, when I was born, America’s economic fears were replaced with threats of nuclear attacks. Once again, Hostess® was there to support Americans–they were the perfect food to stock bomb shelter pantries, because it was said that Twinkes® “stay fresh forever.” The Hostetss Twinkie® is perhaps an American Icon: president Clinton put one in a time capsule.

Maybe it was because we never did have a bomb shelter, but Hostess® products were a rarity in our house when I was a kid. Twinkies® , in essence, were those treats my parents brought out for special occasions–like when we had “company” over. I always felt like I was missing out, and apparently, I was.

Some of you crave Twinkies® , and for some Donettes® are a staple at the breakfast table. Twinkies® may even help you lose weight.

My friend Wendy shared a story with me about a friend of hers who is a leader on Weight Watchers, losing 2.5 pounds last week, while still eating a Twinkie® every single day. “She said she was craving them and with the point system she was still able to eat them.”

That’s a healthy attitude toward weight loss…just give in to the Twinkie® , get it over with, and no binging later.

Hostess® just released the NEW Hostess Chocolate Crème Twinkies®. This is the sponge cake on the outside with chocolaty crème filling on the inside. What took them so long? Why did it take Hostess®so long to combine chocolaty crème with sponge cake? Maybe because it has taken that many years to perfect the recipe?

Sadly, friends, adding chocolaty goodness to something does not always make it “awesome.” After taking one bite of the new Chocolate Crème Twinkies® I was disappointed. The cake itself was tougher, chewier and not the soft pillow I remember biting into when I went to my friend’s house. Perhaps, this is because the cake had to be “firmed” up to hold the chocolate crème? The filling was too rich for my taste.

The classic crème Twinkie®, in my opinion, is still superior, but please, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself and decide.

Moving on, I also tried Hostess’ new Frosted Devil’s Food Donettes®. These are made from a devil’s food cake, which is then dipped into a chocolate-flavored coating. This, my friends, is a winning combination. There is a hint of a reminder of chocolate flavored Zingers®–the chocolaty-flavored coating is almost like a combination of candy and frosting–and it is utterly delectable. While most think of donuts as a quick and easy breakfast option, these Donettes® are good enough to save for a late-night, after dinner treat, when there is just no time to whip up a dessert.

 

So, friends, what are your earliest memories of Twinkies®? Leave a comment below about the appearance, or lack, of Twinkies® in your house (or any other childhood Hostess® memory) to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card giveaway, courtesy of Hostess® and BlogHer.

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118 comments to “About Those Chocolate Twinkies”
  1. I remember my brother always getting Twinkies in his lunchbox but I never did (he was skinny, me not so much). It’s the memory of wanting those Twinkies so badly that tortured me as a child. LOL.

  2. No giveawy entry for me…just a reflection. We lived in Connecticut in the mid 60s (my Dad was on sabbatical at Yale) and I vaguely remember the Twinkie…but I have to tell you that you guys have tried nothing until you look at the Australian Lamington!

  3. I loved frozen Twinkies growing up. We only buy Twinkies about once a year in our house, but enjoy them a lot.

  4. I remember I always enjoyed a Hostess Ho Hos after school with brothers. We would enjoy this yummy snack together, share (or fight over) toys and always have fun after school. I’m so glad to have this same memory shared with my brothers.
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  5. I remember eating yummy regular twinkies when I was young–it was a rare treat back then… thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!
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  6. There were no Twinkies in our house when we were growing up. We were deprived! But my Mom did make home baked cookies for us on a regular basis.

  7. I remember that I saw a program on TV that said that the two things that would still be good to eat after like 100 years would be Twinkies and honey — wow. I absolutely would have never thought that!

  8. I remember me and my sisters were allowed to have as many Hostess cupcakes for birthdays. Happiest days ever!
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  9. My Mom would always pack a Twinkie into my school lunch box. The kids would try to offer trade me some thing they had for it but I said No Thanks

  10. I remember my Mom froze Hostess Cupcakes to keep them fresh longer and I ate it straight out of the freezer and I’ve been eating them that way ever since! Love it!

  11. My favorite Hostess memory was winning an important soccer game and all the parents had brought snacks afterward to celebrate — fruit, lemonade and hostess snack cakes! Yum — perfect way to celebrate a win! 🙂

  12. I remember getting our first microwave oven in nineteen eighty hmm hmm. We went through a phase where we stuck everything in the microwave to figure out what worked and what didn’t. Twinkies worked. I know we had Twinkies before then, but I will always remember a hot Twinkie slightly overcooked in the microwave as my favorite childhood goodie.

  13. LOL! My oldest memory of Twinkies is when my family was driving from CT to CA and my little sister got car sick in the box of Twinkies. Well, you did ask. 😉
    Maybe that’s why my favorite was always the Hostest Cupcakes.

  14. There was a lack of Hostess treats in our home (probably because we couldn’t afford to buy them), so I remember being envious of the kids who could bring Hostess goodies to school in their lunch.
    My husband loves Twinkies and his parents always bring a box of Donettes when they come to visit.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. I was on the chubby side so twinkies were a rarity; however, my great-aunt Louise always kept some (they were my uncle’s favorite) and she always let me have a pack for dessert

  16. I remember eating Twinkies when I was a kid. It was the most coveted snack in our house. When my brothers and sisters and I would get a Twinkie as a kid, we just beamed from ear to ear. They tasted so good when I was a kid. They just melted in your mouth. It was heavenly goodness!

  17. I remember if my brother and I got good report cards as kids, my mom would let us pick out a special treat at the supermarket, and I would always pick a box of Twinkies.

  18. I remember as a child walking to the Wonder Bread/Hostess Outlet Store that was at least three miles from my home. Upon arriving, it was always a delight to discover that their were some chocolate cupcakes, snowballs and twinkies left to buy for 10 cents a package. My mother liked the twinkies best so I was always sure to get plenty of them for her.

  19. I loved twinkies. My favorite memory was going to the hostess bakery every so often and my mom buying a box of twinkies to put in my lunch box everyday.

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