The Twinkies Post (Fat Free, Sticky Sweet!)

Twinkies

In an uncertain world, where Starbucks coffee comes with cancer warning labels and bottled water is hazardous to your health, it’s nice to know that some things never change. Eat enough Twinkies, you’re gonna die. Same as it’s ever been. Why do you think Tallahassee crushed so hard on them in the movie Zombieland? Because he knew he had nothing to lose. It’s quite simple, really. When you come to the end of the sidewalk, choose the thing that will kill you and at least you’ll die happy.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank a few WordPress peeps before sharing my Easter night festivities. Tails Around the Ranch supported the idea of a peanut butter and honey drizzle Twinkie, to which I tried my hand at. A Frank Angle inspired me with tales of Twinkie-ology at the Iowa State Fair. And A Dalectable Life was so repulsed by the thought of a Twinkie, that I had to share my exploits with her. She could (and should) have her own cooking show, and as such, can be . . . how do I say this politely? A bit of a food snob . .

So on Easter night, me and my daughter decided to provide a reboot to the Twinkies franchise. Because if Spider Man and The Hulk can come up with another forgettable flick every twelve minutes . . why not bring our smack take to the golden snack cake?

Zombieland

We were well aware of the risks. After all, the re-writing of history is a tempestuous undertaking, rife with pitfalls and purists, critics and crooks. And Twinkies, well . . they have a history with us Americans. First produced in an Illinois bakery in 1930 as a means of using shortbread pans that had become obsolete, the snack cake was an instant hit. Interestingly, the original filling for Twinkies was banana creme but during World War II, banana imports dried up, so the company moved to vanilla filling and never looked back- save for the occasional tinker and trial every now and again.

Now, I’m not a huge Twinkies fan, excepting for a momentary lapse of reason several years back when Hostess pulled them from the shelves and I found myself wanting back into a relationship I never was totally committed to in the first place.

When Twinkies came back less than a year later, I was in love. For about thirty seven seconds- which is the average amount of time it takes to eat one of these spongy snack treats. I dropped them for good after that, but every now and again . . I get the craving.

We transformed a handful of the creamy yellow drumsticks into a comedic fusion of sweet entanglements. Good thing for us that pimping Twinkies happens to be a legal enterprise in all fifty states (It’s actually mandatory in Oregon and Colorado . . for some . . reason).

Completely Different

We re-purposed three Twinkies, and the results? Not horrible.

Peanut Butter and Jelly: Admittedly, not the most inspired of choices. But here’s the thing, PB&J in a sponge cake sounds pretty good. And it was tasty . . enough. But it did fall short of my expectations, which were much too lofty to begin with. I mean . . it’s a fucking Twinkie!

Peanut Butter with Honey Drizzle: The peanut butter was just, good. The honey drizzle was tasty because honey drizzled on just about anything is gonna be tasty. It was another okay combination.

Dark Chocolate: We stuffed Twinkies with some dark chocolate we purchased at a local candy maker. This was the tastiest of the cake test dummies. The dark chocolate really made the sponge cake worth it; sort of the way Cher once made Sonny look halfway cool back in the day.

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So of the three transformations, the dark chocolate stuffed Twinkies won the night. If this would have been an Olympic sport, the American judge would’ve given the dark chocolate Twinkies a 9, the Swedish judge a 7.5 and the Russian judge would’ve withheld his vote until we paid him.

But Wait, There's More!

Wait . . you thought I was gonna leave you with that? Nah. There’s no way I was putting “The Twinkies Post” in lights unless I had a closing shot that proved worthy. Because I never would have been able to forgive myself; not as a second rate baker and most certainly not as a proud ‘Murican.

For our last entry, we went and did it. We deep fried a couple of these fuckers and that’s when things went Amadeus. Because a deep fried Twinkie is not a Twinkie . . whatsoever. Something magical happens when the hot oil bathes these battered beauties and changes the molecular structure. It’s a funky baptismal effect that transforms the snack cake from a just okay midnight snack to five star cuisine. And maybe I’m adding a couple tablespoons of hyperbole here, but I ain’t lying either.

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So dark chocolate Twinkies won the battle of the alternate fillings while the deep fried won Best in Show. And I didn’t wake up on Monday morning feeling like an anchor nestled at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Which is called a win in my book. I buried the rest of the Twinkies in the backyard and I made the kids swear an oath that if they felt the craving for deep fried Twinkies again anytime soon, that they would consider drugs instead.

Of course . . this doesn’t mean there won’t be a Twinkies sequel at some future point in time. Because I’m thinking about marrying a few of my favorite candy bars to the spongy cream filled snacks and seeing how that works out.

I like to think Tallahassee would have been proud of us for exercising our God given right to shameless indulgences. Because why wait for the end of the world to partake when Urgent Care is available at three in the morning?

Enjoy the little things . . .

 

 

80 thoughts on “The Twinkies Post (Fat Free, Sticky Sweet!)”

  1. Dearest BH,

    Where to start? Great choice of video to accompany this sicky-sweet post.

    You calling me a food snob? Whaaaa! I like how you stroke my ego whilst stabbing me at the same time… nice. I can and do let my hair down for some bad-for-you grub on occasion. Really. I do!

    Love the Cher part! Ok. You know it. I just did your writi g style and this was a fun one. For realz.

    Twinkies, love and defibrillators,

    BW

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    1. BW,

      Hey, if I didn’t give you a ‘lil bit of shit, you would think I was under the weather! 🙂

      And of course you can let your hair down and dig into some bad for you grub! You’re a kickass dame whose versatility and verve is unquestioned.
      And thank you on the Cher part . . it was a . . . wait for it . . last minute addition, lol. How many times have we talked about that kind of thing? lol.

      Hey! You reminded me just now . . my box of Twinkies didn’t come with a defibrillator!

      And hey! I have some amazing news to report! I will be posting a Cuban sammy entry later this week that was written by Linds B’s gal pal! She is in Florida this week and so we HAD to ask, and bless her heart . . she did it! So that’s coming up next!

      Glad you are no longer without powah! Not that you are ever really without powah! You just got it that way . . .

      Peace and cream filling!

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      1. BH,

        I know, I know…
        Verve and versatility, eh? Gonna add that to my resume.
        That was a good last-minuter, fer shure.

        And hey! I am So. On. The. Ball… I just read Her review coz Linds B shared it on FB 😎 And I know where NOT to go in Miami…

        Power- ya baby. Lights… I can only do so much😏

        Re-invented fillings, love and power!

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      1. I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn’t have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

        A BIG thank you to the late, great John Belushi for that one . . .

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      2. There is a star tucked somewhere in the universe where Carrie Fisher and John Belushi are doing a comedy skit. I want to hang there for a thousand years when eternity comes calling on me.

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  2. Same here I’m not a huge Twinkies fan but i must say this post certainly has my mouthwatering, some truly tasty experiments here for sure

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    1. Cory,

      Every now and then. And it’s funny because now I have several of these left and nobody in the house is a fan really. Good thing they last forever!

      Like

    1. Ranch Hand,

      Duly noted! It’s funny because my daughter is a big Nutella fan, so she is going to love that idea.
      Thanks for the suggestions, I think you’ve got another winner here!

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      1. I came up with that idea over the weekend when I came across a large jar of that splendid spread in my pantry. I’ve been thinking of all sorts of ways to headline that delectable spread. Oooh the possibilities!

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      2. I am gonna have to sharpen my game for the Twinkies sequel post. I am also gonna have to train beforehand so that I have an extra ten pounds to play with on the other side of eating all those test snack cakes!

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    1. Karen,

      But . . but . . it’s art, and as such there is a great deal of subjectivity. Okay . . yeah, it’s disgusting. But I tell you, that deep fried Twinkie . . I was sold on it. Not that I have to do that again for a while, though.
      Thanks to the Land of Lincoln for sooo many great foods . . . even if Twinkies ain’t on that list. I was always partial to Ding Dongs when I was a kid.

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  3. Funny that song came crashing into my head as soon as I saw the title. Not so funny, I think Twinkies are totally disgusting, always have. And I’m not even gonna sugar coat that… or fry it… 😉 At least my tests foods for my posts are healthy hahaha 😉

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    1. It was a natural, right? I thought so too.
      And okay, I get it . . I don’t always partake of the healthiest grub. But I figure, if I’m gonna go rogue with my snacks . . go Zero Dark Thirty . . .

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  4. How and the hell did I miss this fabulous post???? WTF quantity squared! Meanwhile, I’ll propose the following … a deep fried Twinkie dipped in chocolate and infused with a liqueur as Gran Marnier.

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    1. My blog was doing funky things last week. It didn’t post when I posted and then it posted something retroactively. Not sure what happened, so Imma blame the WP ghosts.

      This is going to be a rather tasty Round 2!

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  5. Somehow I missed this gem. Gwad, a chocolate stuffed Twinky. Never thought of that. Ever. Those deep fried Twinkies have been on the Texas menus for years. Gotta try one hot out of the frier with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.( in a bowl of course.) Chase it with a Willitt.

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  6. First time I heard about deep fried oreo from a friend, I was like, “what is that thing??!!!!” then I googled it, and I was really really scared, I might have liked more than I wanted to admit if I’ve ever tried. New food inventions sometimes really scare me. Your post is pretty cool though!

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