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 can remember my brother sneaking a whole box of twinkies into his room and eating the whole thing. He was so sick that night. My mom found the box in his room the next day and figured that was why he was so sick the night before. Guess him being sick was punishment enough because that’s all he got. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I don’t really have a Twinkies memory but I have always wanted to go as a family and get a bunch of Hostess Ding-Dongs and leave them at the front of people’s doors (that we know) with a note that says they’ve been ding-dong dashed!
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  3. i loooove ding dongs! I dont buy them usually b/c i dont want to ruin my diet – so they are only for special exceptions – like traveling.

  4. when i was little and my mom use to pack a hostess cupcake on friday as treat.
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  5. My favorite memory involving Hostess snack cakes is always having one , usually a twinkie, packed for lunch in my lunch box.

  6. I don’t remember being that crazy about twinkies but I do remember loving the chocolate cupcake.

  7. I was a strange child apparently….I would always choose the Hostess Pink Snowballs. They seem to be the Lima Bean of the individual snack food world. But heck, at least I never had to share!

  8. Growing up, every once in a while we would get Hostess twinkies in our lunch bag(this was after we begged our parents since the other kids had Hostess treats)-we were so excited.

  9. Yummy twinkies. My cousin was so crazy about twinkies, I bought him a twinkie soap! I was so excited when I found it. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  10. The first time I had twinkies was when a coworker brought in 7 pounds of them for his 7 year work anniversary, I ate a lot of them and I’m pretty sure it improved my productivity. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  11. My mom used to pack them in my school lunches from time to time, and they always made me smile when I opened my lunch and spotted one. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. We didn’t have many of these in our house when I was little, but once I went to college, I had a wonderful study stash of Donettes!

  14. I actually do not like Twinkies and never have AND my mom did not feed me stuff like this as a kid. LOL That said, mmmmm I love love love their Banana Walnut Mini Muffins! When I used to work, I would have a baggy of them with a cold OJ for breakfast nearly every morning. I miss that tradition, but not the working. LOL! Not a childhood memory but hope it will suffice! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  15. We were always stocked up on Twinkies in my household growing up. In fact, I remember having my personal stash in my room which were the Twinkies I’d won that day at school from trades & gambles, believe it or not, lol =)

  16. I remember my sis always telling me that she got the last Twinkie because she was the oldest!
    Thank you.
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  17. We rarely had sweets at home when I was a kid, but once day in school a friend gave me half her Twinkie – wow I was in heaven!

  18. My favorite first and continuing memory of a Hostess® snack cake is the velvety sponge cake Twinkie and biting into the cream filling. Ummm.

  19. I remember going to my Grandpa’s house as a kid and he always had hostess cupcakes for the grandkids to eat.

  20. Twinkies were a rarity when we were young, reserved for mom and dad…after the kids had gone to bed…while imbibing Pepsi from iced glasses. The sound of cubes meeting the sides of the glass made the inequity of childhood even more maddening as we lay in our beds listening. Imagine the thrill of the first breakfast in our new house.

    Pepsi and Twinkies.

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