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Twiinkies ...... going fast!

went down to the Wonder Hostess Outlet in San Pablo today to pick up a few twinkies ...... they're going fast! Ho Hos, cupcakes, Zingers etc ..... ( a little bit of our culinary heritage )
1946 23rd St
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 215-5736

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  1. Like Mother's Cookies, I think a company will buy Hostess.

    1. Has anyone done an "artisanal" twinkie yet? Say creme anglais inside Victoria Sponge?

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      1. re: Andrew H

        Way back in the late 80's/early 90's Spy Magazine (defunct) commissioned some gourmet chefs to create their version of the Twinkie. The write-up and concept was hilarious.

        1. re: Andrew H

          NYT just reposted this article from March -- has recipes for homemade versions of the Twinkie, Hostess cupcake, and Oreo.


            1. re: Philly Ray

              here's the picture from the Hostess Twinkies cookbook ......

            2. re: Andrew H

              Twinkie filling always grossed me out, but there was always promise in the sponge. The closest I've come across that's not in a box is an unfilled cheesecake at VIP Bakery that Jonathan Kauffman wrote about. "The palm-sized cakes look and feel like a Twinkie, with a fine, pale gold crumb."


              1. re: hyperbowler

                The chowteam will yank this thread soon...but...my day of Twinkie infamy was in 1975 at a Houston record store which was promoting a new LP by Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies with Twinkie Eating Contest. I had just wandered into the shop and, on a whim, entered the competition! After consuming 13 (!) in five minutes, I WON! The prize was $50 in records (10 LPs in those days!) and a handmade plaque with the Twinkie Kid painted on gold leaf! Have I earned my ChowHound chops or what!!!!???????? (A couple hours later I had one of the best cheeseburgers of my life at a Mexican restaurant near my Houston pad...it had a slice of cheddar nearly half an inch thick! Don't ask me how I managed to eat all that stuff within about 3 hours!!!)

                Surely someone will purchase this brand, too much equity in those names to let them melt away!

            3. will definitley need to hit up butter for their deep-fried twinkie soon....

              1. Back in 2005 there was publicity for the 75th Anniversary of Twinkies. I remembered that I had liked them a lot as a kid but hadn't had one in a very long time. So nothing would do except to get one and eat it. Big mistake. It was simply horrible. So no tears from me

                1. What's the relationship between Hostess and Columbo breads? I've seen articles saying the Columbo factory in Oakland is owned by Hostess and others saying they're just a distributor.

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                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    Hostess, wonder, columbo, and a few others are all part of "interstate brands". As a former Interstate driver/ sales rep product from all 3 lables was shipped to the depots I worked out of.

                  2. I remember eating a twinkie maybe 15+ years ago and thought it was gross - could never understand why people liked it. Also, the choc-covered choc twinkies(not sure what the name is) was somewhat disturbing, yet more palatable as long as I removed that hard outer shell.

                    I don't think I've seen their products in the past 10 years, then again, I don't go down the nuclear/Armageddon aisle at the supermarket.

                    I thought the outlets just had expired products - what's the thrill in that?

                    Just looked it up and the 'choc covered twinkies' were actually ho hos. I got a mini chill just when I saw the pic coz I recalled that weird feeling when I'd bite into it and the frosting cracked, I got the whiff of a somewhat stale cake and then the odd mouth-feel of cold frosting.

                    Jesus! Those were nothing like the swiss rolls I used to buy from Waitrose during my childhood.

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                    1. re: nikkib99

                      We'll miss the cherry pies and chocolate cupcakes:(

                    2. It seems very unlikely that they will stop making Hostess products altogether. Right now, the Hostess trademarks are the most valuable commodities available for liquidation. So long as there exist snack cakes on your convenience store shelf, someone is going to buy the Twinkie brand and make new ones. I'm sure the flavor won't change much, if at all.

                      That said, I don't think I've eaten one of those things in ten years.