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 TwinkieÂ®.
In the 1960s, when I was born, America’s economic fears were replaced with threats of nuclear attacks. Once again, HostessÂ® was there to support Americans–they were the perfect food to stock bomb shelter pantries, because it was said that TwinkesÂ® “stay fresh forever.” The Hostetss TwinkieÂ® 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 HostessÂ® products were a rarity in our house when I was a kid. TwinkiesÂ® , 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 TwinkiesÂ® , and for some DonettesÂ® are a staple at the breakfast table. TwinkiesÂ® 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 TwinkieÂ® 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 TwinkieÂ® , get it over with, and no binging later.
HostessÂ® just released the NEW Hostess Chocolate CrÃ¨me TwinkiesÂ®. This is the sponge cake on the outside with chocolaty crÃ¨me filling on the inside. What took them so long? Why did it take HostessÂ®so long to combine chocolaty crÃ¨me 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 CrÃ¨me TwinkiesÂ® 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 crÃ¨me? The filling was too rich for my taste.
The classic crÃ¨me TwinkieÂ®, 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 DonettesÂ®. 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 ZingersÂ®–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 DonettesÂ® are good enough to save for a late-night, after dinner treat, when there is just no time to whip up a dessert.
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