[Review] Hostess Limited Edition Key Lime Slime Twinkies

This is going to sound strange coming from a guy who reviews junk food, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate a Twinkie. Yes, I’ve had a few Hostess snack cakes in the not-too-distant past (okay, more than a few), but not a single Twinkie. There just always seems to be something more exciting in the grocery aisle. We get it, you’re a cream-filled golden cake. Guess what? Nabisco figured out how to make cookies taste like freakin’ Fruity Pebbles!

Because of this Twinkie strike I’m apparently on, it was going to take a lot for me to eat one, like a giant check or something. Unfortunately, that giant check did not go to me, but to the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake. So, if anything else could convince me to eat a Twinkie, it would have to be…well, just a new Twinkie flavor was all it took, really. Hit us with that classic jam, Ray Parker, Jr.!

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Bustin’ (my pants at the seams) makes me feel good!

To celebrate the release of the Ghostbusters reboot, Hostess is releasing two new limited edition flavors of Twinkies: Key Lime Slime and White Chocolate Marshmallow. Key Lime Slime Twinkies have the same golden sponge cake as a normal Twinkie, but replace the standard filling with a Key lime flavored center. The Key lime filling is also dyed green, which is just about the only way Twinkies could get any more artificial.

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Other than the slight green tinge in spots, the cake of the Key Lime Slime Twinkie is no different. It’s moist, slightly oily, and oddly sticky on the outside. Its flavor is the same, too: very sweet and buttery. But we knew that already–how’s the Key Lime Slime?

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I ain’t afraid of no ghost, but I am afraid of what that food coloring might do to my insides.

I’ll put it this way: Slimer the Ghost would be ashamed. What the filling has in color, it lacks in taste. There seems to be some lime flavor going on, but it lacks the signature tartness of Key lime, and most of the citrus taste that remains is muted by the milky sweetness of the filling. Eaten with the slightly cloying yellow cake, all of that sweetness melds together to create a sugary combination that isn’t that different from a normal Twinkie. A slight citrus flavor hides behind the cake as you eat it, and it lingers into the aftertaste, but the cake really overpowers any hint of distinct Key lime flavor.

If you like Twinkies, I think you’ll enjoy this variety too–after all, they taste about the same. For Ghostbusters fans, these might be a fun buy based on the novelty factor alone. But at the end of the day, I wasn’t impressed with Key Lime Slime Twinkies. They’re Twinkies, so they’re not bad…but they’re not great either. Hostess, I’d like to offer you a friendly word of advice: let Hollywood handle the remakes, and you leave the snack cakes alone. I’ll take that giant check now.

Item: Hostess Limited Edition Key Lime Slime Twinkies
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.50 at Cub Foods
Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cakes): 260 calories, 80 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 29 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Same tasty yellow cake as a standard Twinkie, but it drowns out the citrus taste in the filling. No authentic “Key lime” flavor. Ray Parker, Jr. is a legend. Should I be concerned about the amount of green dye in my system right now?
Overall Score: 6 out of 10

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