With today’s announcement by Hostess Brands that they are closing their plants and the absence of a new buyer, millions of Americans will have to stay goodbye to Twinkies, Ho Hos, Wonder Bread, and other Hostess and Drake’s treats – staples of childhood lunchboxes for decades.
Fortunately, the Internet is full of make-your-own recipes, which are quite likely better than the originals, as
they’ll avoid the chemical preservative taste. Of course, homemade Twinkies wouldn’t have the shelf life of the store-bought ones, but make some yourself and see if they stick around long enough to worry about shelf life anyway!
I don’t think that the end of Hostess means the end of the snack cake, though. Entenmann’s is still around (thank goodness for their crumb-topped donuts!) Other brands will step forward to fill the lunchbox void with similar snacks. Plus, isn’t a cupcake really just an upscale snack cake?
Here’s a roundup of recipes for homemade Hostess products:
Twinkies (notice the difference between recipes in the filling ingredients – these will taste different from one another. You could have a Twinkie recipe taste test party!)
Homemade Twinkies by Simple Math Bakery (they also have a recipe for Pumpkin Twinkies!)