[Review] Hostess Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Twinkies

(50) Days of Pumpkin: Day 6

WELP that health kick didn’t last long. Just when I was starting to work lower-calorie snacks into my pumpkin streak, I ended up taking down a couple slices halves of Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. But you know what they say: it’s never too late to get back on that horse. I’ve got to take care of my figure if this pumpkin relationship is going to last. Healthy snacks, here I come!


This is the (50) Days of Pumpkin series’ sixth review, and the most likely one yet to destroy any remaining hope I might have for a six pack. The more I think about it though, that might actually be okay. Winter will be here before we know it, which means I’m gonna need to start packing on some serious pounds. You know, for survival.

Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Twinkies are back for the fall season, and they’re the number one contender for my hibernation prep food. The golden cake remains the same, but this variety replaces the standard filling with a festive pumpkin spice creme. I wasn’t impressed with the last flavored creme Twinkie I reviewed, so I’m curious to see how Hostess does with this variety. I have to admit, I’m pretty skeptical.


Removing the cellophane wrapper, the hefty cake within is very familiar. The outside is sticky, moist, and has that distinct sugary smell. But to my surprise, there’s a noticeable pumpkin and cinnamon aroma, too. Alright, Hostess, you have my attention. You actually had my attention at the word “Twinkie,” but now you really have my attention.

It is literally impossible to make these things look appetizing.

The golden cake tastes the same as every other Twinkie, as expected. The filling is just as light and creamy as the standard Twinkie filling, but it actually carries a decent pumpkin spice flavor. The spice that’s there is heavily cinnamon, which is indeed the only actual spice listed in the ingredients. That cinnamon taste eventually fades and a subtler pumpkin flavor shines through. As with all Twinkies, there are a ton of other ingredients ending in -ose, -ide, and -ate that might add some spice too, but who knows. I’m a junk food blogger, not a food scientist. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by Pumpkin Spice Twinkies. Hostess kind of copped out on the whole “pumpkin spice” thing–with cinnamon being the only spice involved–but to their credit, this flavor actually works. I could actually taste the creme filling against the super sweet golden cake, and they worked well together. If you’re looking for a pumpkin spice snack to help you get ready for the long winter ahead, you can do a lot worse than Pumpkin Spice Twinkies.

Item: Hostess Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Twinkies
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.97 at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cakes): 260 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 28 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Filling actually tastes somewhat like pumpkin spice. Standard golden cake isn’t too overpowering and complements filling well. Twinkies are a key survival food. Preparing for winter in the first week of October.
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10

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