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Twinkie talk: Are they just for kids?

twinkieWho loves a good Twinkie? Golden sponge cake filled with fluffy cream filling. The paragon of decadence… right?

If you’re a fan of the Twinkie, then you’ve probably heard the news. Hostess Brands, Twinkies maker, filed for bankruptcy again –  the second time since 2004. Does that mean we’ll soon be without the lauded cream-filled golden finger? The dessert which is the subject of nearly 27,000 YouTube videos?

I can’t recall if I actually liked Twinkies as a child, but I remember thinking of them as the Holy Grail of desserts. They were a very rare indulgence, elevating their status in my six-year-old mind. After reading the news of the bankruptcy yesterday, I longed to taste a Twinkie again. It’s probably been 25 years or more since I’ve eaten one.

After the first whiff — even before I indulged in a single bite — my rose-colored memories of the filled cakes faded. Like Kraft macaroni and cheese, Fanta soft drinks and Hamburger Helper, Twinkies are one of those rite-of-passage foods – one day you realize they’ve lost their appeal, and you begrudgingly admit to being a full-fledged adult. And if you eat them now, it’s not so much for the taste but for the memories.

Who likes Twinkies as an adult? Are you out there?  I’ve read that frying transforms Twinkies into something magical, but have never tried one. Have you?

If you now have a hankering for a Twinkie, get a fancified version at one of these places here in town:

  • The Nook on Piedmont Park serves fried Twinkies with chocolate sauce. They say it tastes like funnel cake.
  • Genki Noodles and Sushi offers tempura fried Twinkies with ice cream, chocolate and strawberry sauce.
  • Kilwins sells white, milk or dark chocolate dipped Twinkies. Get them with sprinkles, M&M’s or other assorted toppings.
  • Sawicki’s used to stock homemade Twinkies in their bakery case, which they no longer do, but will make them upon request.

Are Twinkies just for kids? Anywhere else to get “gourmet” Twinkies in Atlanta?

You may also want to read more about the history of the Twinkie and Hostess Brands.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

22 comments Add your comment

Reds

January 12th, 2012
12:19 pm

I dont think i’ve ever had a twinkie…. in child or adulthood. Have had the chocolate cupcake version though, with the white icing curls on top.

Kar

January 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

Sort of surprised that sales didn’t go up after the role in “ZombieLand.” I guess that makes Hostess among the walking dead.

Anna

January 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

Park 75 has amazing chocolate twinkies, with buttercream filling.

Edward

January 12th, 2012
12:28 pm

They were never something I craved. I would eat them if that was all that was given to me, but I preferred a Ho-Ho or Devil Dog or Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie. :-)

Ceci

January 12th, 2012
12:30 pm

This is why the AJC food section has lost all credibility since the departure of Meredith Ford. Posts about Twinkies, McRib sandwiches, and products from KFC, in addition to an introductory piece by JKess for a kitchen appliance that has been a staple in home kitchens for a decade now. This is what happens when legit critics are replaced by bloggers with only marginal qualifications. It’s embarrassing.

Jason

January 12th, 2012
12:32 pm

I love Twinkies..not the best thing for you..but still tastes great! My friends have bought me my own Twinkie maker for homemade twinkies…good, but not the same as Hostess!

Typical Redneck

January 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

I’ve never been a fan.

Meredith

January 12th, 2012
12:40 pm

I’m a Drake’s girl… yodels, devil dogs and ring dings…

Ima Glutton

January 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

How many of you have sucked the creme out of the Twinkie, and then replaced it with ketchup? give it a try at your next dinner party.

Matt

January 12th, 2012
1:31 pm

Never liked Twinkies, even as a kid. They were simply too sweet and made me thirsty.

To answer your question: Twinkies aren’t necessarily just for kids. I’m sure cops love them too.

Lorenzo

January 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

Meredith, Drake’s IS Hostess Brands.

Muffin

January 12th, 2012
3:31 pm

I love Twinkies and found out several years ago that even the low fat Twinkies are good, surprisingly enough. They taste the exact same to me. Sponge cake rules.

Rodney

January 12th, 2012
3:58 pm

We never had them as children in our house but I remember having one or two at friend’s houses or elsewhere. I’m sure as a child I thought they were the best thing since Columbus sailed but, since I haven’t had one in over 25 years or so, they’re probably not something I would enjoy now.

Funny story, though – about 10 years ago a friend of mine and I got hammered on cheap wine and made our other, non-drinker friend drive us to Publix for some Ho Hos. Imagine the wailing and rending of fabric that went on when we found out they were OUT of Ho Hos! We still tell tha story … drunk, in a Publix, mad cause we couldn’t get any Ho Hos.

GeeBee

January 12th, 2012
4:43 pm

I like to eat my Twinkies DEEP-FRIED !

YUM!!!!!!!!

JIMBOB

January 12th, 2012
5:33 pm

tasty, but I rarely eat them. I think I’ve had more moon pies. For best results, microwave the moonpie for just a bit, to soften it up.

Baltisraul

January 13th, 2012
8:13 am

Ceci……you are a snob!!!!!!

1164mgc

January 13th, 2012
9:55 am

Rodney, I like Hoho’s better too! There was only 1 period in my life when I ate Twinkies, then I came to loathe them and went back to my beloved Hoho’s. I still like them to this day but don’t eat nearly as many as I used to when I was a kid. It’s the cream filling that doesn’t appeal as much as it used to.

JackLake

January 14th, 2012
4:02 am

Ceci is right. … Not only that twinkies are awefully chemical in taste, but this segment lacks of real jewels of food for humans and not the one that munches everything the processings industry puts on his table.

HCCynic

January 14th, 2012
9:16 am

Cici is right, the food and other sections here have gone to the Devil of late. Only Bob Townson and his beer column remain credible. As for twinkies, I still cannot fathom how they went bankrupt given the number being delivered to the White House in DC.

Sam

January 14th, 2012
6:37 pm

I have been making a pyramid of 10 Twinkies ,for the children in my child care, for more than 20 years. Candles on top and you have the perfect Birthday Cake. The kids love it and everyone gets the same size piece, no plates or forks necessary. I hope to be making Twinkie Birthday Cakes for many years to come!!

BehindEnemyLines

January 15th, 2012
11:36 am

The mark of a worthwhile column is that is upsets the annoying foodies. Still falls short of greatness though, an excellent column would be one that drove the annoying foodies off the long end of a short pier, preferably straight into a very large deep-fryer.

As for the Twinkies, I’ve always thought them a bit overrated. Not bad, but not particularly worthy of their iconic stature either.

Maggie

January 15th, 2012
8:48 pm

Don’t worry, the yellow cake at Publix tastes EXACTLY like a Twinkie. (And don’t you worry about the likes of Cici. She don’t know what’s good for her.)