With the recent news of the Hostess company filing for bankruptcy, I think it’s time to write about one of their iconic products, Twinkies.
A Brief History
In 1930, Twinkies were invented by a baker of the Continental Baking Company named James A. Dewar. He took advantage of the off season for strawberries by utilizing several machines designed to make cream-filled strawberry shortcakes. He came up with the idea of a snack cake filled with banana cream, which he called the Twinkie.
But with the rationing of World War II, the company was forced to switch to a vanilla cream filling.
The switch proved to be popular, since leaving the original flavor only occasionally found in limited-time promotions. In 2005, during a month-long promotion of the movie King Kong, Hostess saw its Twinkie sales rise 2 percent during the promotion. This led Hostess to permanently restore the banana-cream Twinkie to its snack lineup in 2007.
Homemade Twinkies: First of all, there is no need to resort to cannibalism. Sure, most people have a creamy filling, but it probably doesn’t taste as good as a Twinkie; and it will be much messier. So, why not make your very own homemade Twinkies?! With some basic ingredients and about 1.5 hours, you can continue to gorge on delicious goo filled cakes without eating your loved ones.
Now that the world is safe, and you are well armed with snack food for the apocalypse, check out some of the Hostess website recipes. Patriotic Twinkie Pie, Strawberry Twinkie Torte, Twinkie Split and Twinkie Truffles are just some of the 22 recipes listed on the site.
You should eat Paula Deen’s Twinkie Pie. The super sweet southern lady has posted her very own Twinkie pie recipe on her official website. Grab a couple boxes of Twinkies, a container of whipped cream, and a large box of vanilla instant pudding and you too can be eating Paula Deen’s Twinkie Pie.
For the culinary masters among us, and those that must have all things they consume deep fried, here is a video just for you. Just remember that if you value your junk, that special place you shouldn’t share with strangers over the internet, then please do not fry food while naked.
There are literally billions of recipes that utilize the snack of eternal shelf life, the Twinkie. So gather your self loathing and fortify your healthy disregard of your health, go forth and engorge.