[2-Pack Review] Hostess Original and Chocolate Deep Fried Twinkies

In the past, I’ve thrown some shade at Twinkies for phoning it in over the years. Call me a hater, but I’ve just never been that impressed with them. Still, despite their simple composition and reputation as one of the fattest snack foods known to humankind, we Americans just love our damn Twinkies.

If there is one thing our great nation does best, it’s making fat foods even fatter. Enter the Deep Fried Twinkie. It’s a Frankenstein-esque creation which douses a Twinkie in some sort of batter, dunks it in a vat of boiling oil, and drives a wooden skewer right through the middle. Mmm…heart disease.

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If there are two things our great nation does best, it’s making fat foods fatter and finding a way to make those foods in the comfort of your own home. That’s right, you can now make Original and Chocolate Deep Fried Twinkies in your own kitchen (right now, they’re a Walmart exclusive). Just pop those suckers in the oven, toaster oven, or if you’re really looking to shed a few years off of your life, the deep fryer. I consider myself a nutritionally conscious person, so I’ll be making these Deep Fried Twinkies in the oven. 7 minutes later, I’m sinking my fat ass into the couch and my fat teeth into some Deep Fried Twinkies.

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First up, Original. It’s the same old Twinkie you know and love, sponge cake and creamy filling, with a funnel cake coating. If you think that sounds excessive, I would ask you what the hell you’re doing reading a junk food blog in the first place.

The golden cake flavor really shines here–it’s rich and sweet, just like the real thing–and the creamy filling keeps its light sweetness. The filling is a bit runnier though, due to the baking process. The funnel cake coating is great: it’s a slightly crispy shell, providing some textural difference without being too heavy. The “baked” aspect of this treat added a bizarre “fresh” aspect to a normally “fake”-tasting snack. I’m not saying the ingredients in this frozen junk food product are fresh by any means, but something about eating this treat right out of the oven made it seem a little more enjoyable than a standard Twinkie.

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Next is Chocolate, the exotic one. This one is a sponge cake with a chocolate creamy filling, but this is coated in chocolate breading. I can’t say I have a lot of experience with “chocolate breading” in my lifetime, but it sounds like something I’d like to get to know a little better.

The crumby chocolate coating carries a nice cocoa flavor and adds a nice textural contrast to the spongy cake. The filling, for its part, is slightly sweet with just the right amount of chocolate. As much as I enjoyed the chocolate elements, they seemed to really overpower the cake itself. Unfortunately, what was gained in the flavor of the coating was lost in the flavor of the actual Twinkie.

Deep Fried Twinkies are an insane junk food abomination and it’s fun to see them available in the grocery freezer aisle. The Original and Chocolate varieties are both worth trying, but for different reasons–Original retains more of the classic Twinkie taste, while Chocolate adds some variety in flavor at the expense of the snack cake. As far as Twinkies go, Hostess may have finally gotten right–it just took a little more grease.

Item: Hostess Original and Chocolate Deep Fried Twinkies
Price and Place of Purchase: $4.76 each at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 cake): Original: 220 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 20 mg of cholesterol, 300 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Chocolate: 220 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 15 mg of cholesterol, 260 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

In a Nutshell: Original has same rich Twinkie taste. Funnel cake coating is crispy, but doesn’t add much flavor. Chocolate is a nice change for Twinkies but loses the taste of the cake. Deep Fried Twinkies are the ultimate not-so-classy food.
Overall Score: Original: 8 out of 10

Chocolate: 8 out of 10

Junk Banter also reviewed Hostess Original and Chocolate Deep Fried Twinkies. Check it out!

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