How I’m planning to help my Hostess fan weather this confectionary loss

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My husband is somewhat notorious for his love of Twinkies.

In eight grade, we went on a field trip to a nearby National Forest park. We were going to have a cookout and spend the day frolicking and running about. Rockford’s mother sent a box of Twinkies with him to share with his classmates. Instead of sharing them, though, he accepted a dare to eat them all. On the bus, on the way to the National Forest. It was a tense 15 minutes or so, everyone in a four-seat radius on the activity bus watching with a mixture of awe and horror as he transformed himself into a Twinkie-consumption factory. He was successful — depending on your definition of the word, I guess — but he’s since admitted that he didn’t feel very good for the rest of the day.

With such a history, it should come as no surprise that the news of Hostess’ closing was a little difficult for Rockford to swallow. What might come as a surprise, though, is that he waited until this morning to try to track down a box of Twinkies. He’s out right now, scouring area stores for a box. To no avail thus far.

While I’m pretty sure the run on Twinkies will be short-lived, I’ve spent a few minutes this morning preparing for our nation’s Hostessless future. Here are a few recipes for homemade confections we’ll be trying over the coming months:

Four recipe for homemade Hostess-brand products

  • The folks at Leite’s Culinaria made some amazing-looking homemade Twinkies, and you don’t even need a special pan for them!
  • My attempt to make homemade Hostess Cupcakes — the Very Best Hostess Cake — back in 2005 didn’t go so well, but a later decision to make one giant cupcake (a.k.a. A Cake) was a roaring success.
  • The Dolly Madison Zingers recipe at Top Secret Recipes uses cake mix, so it isn’t technically made from scratch. But I’ll bet it would taste just fine in a pinch.

Now all I need is a snack-packaging machine and we’ll be ready to face our brave new Twinkie-free world.

  • Kari

    Let me know how it goes. My husband’s mom has a twinkie cake recipe that is legendary in their family. It’s “like twinkies only better.” I don’t care for Twinkies OR the twinkie cake particularly, but I don’t think the recipe is secret or anything.

    • I’m gonna need that recipe.