July 4th: Hostess Chocolate Twinkie

Kcal 160 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 27.0g (per Twinkie)

July 4th is a special day for our American friends so I thought that it would be especially timely fashion for me to review one of their most famous snack cakes. This review today was made possible by new pals at Cybercandy whose site has recently gone under a full redesign (See HERE). My contact @CyberCandyLtd (that's their Twitter handle!!) Libby had been searching the ChocolateMission archives and had noticed I hadn't ever got around to giving Hostess Twinkies the JCM review treatment. Well folks this wrong is certainly put right today and I even managed to get Libby to send me the chocolate variety as opposed to the originals - I dare you to try read this review without your mouthwatering :-)


Libby was probably full aware that one of these Twinkies wouldn't suffice my impending Twinkie habit so being the lovely person she is, she kindly sent across two of the Chocolate flavoured beauties. Individually wrapped in clear, charmless cellophane packets, nothing particularly stood out out to me about about these cakes until I opened one up for my photos above. The first thing that struck me was just how great these smelt. For such a well traveled, mass produced snack food the fresh baked cake smells that emanated were just incredible and I was immediately made even more keen to get stuck in to the sweet, sticky delights at hand.



For the reference of my non-Twinkie aware UK audience, Twinkes are marketed as a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling" - the cream filling in this chocolate version being chocolate flavoured of course. As I hope my photo displays clearly these were cakes that were not lacking in cream filling whatsoever. In fact the cream filling was almost as well portioned as the cake which made for a pleasant, never too dry, cake mouth feel.The sweet, sticky exterior was perhaps a little bit of a pain in practicability when eating but the sticky glaze was non-compromising on the taste. What a taste it was as well folks :-) The cake was light like a delicious vanilla noted Victoria sponge and the inner-creme was every bit as tasty with the it's smooth, chocolatey butter cream tones. Three big bites had me polishing off one of these cakes in no time at all - satisfying but epically moreish at the same time. 


Overall I now fully understand why Hostess Twinkies get such the big hype from over the other side of the pond - these cakes are awesome! I've had the 'pleasure' of trying a lot of different cake bars that are made here in the UK and I'm struggling to think of a variety that matches up to just how lovely these Hostess Chocolate Twinkes were. The presentation of the individually sold cakes could do with some work in the unspectacular cellophane packets but believe me these became very much an after thought once the taste test commenced. I think we can safely say I'm now a full blown Twinkie fan and that I think they are worthy of their hype. Even if you were the biggest Twinkie sceptic I would urge you to try them at least the once. JCM recommended. 


8.8 out of 10