[3-Pack Review] Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Sno Balls Ice Cream

Every so often in the junk food world, a product comes out that you actually came up with a long time ago, you just didn’t know it. Not sure what I’m talking about? Here, take a look at my diary:

July 14th, 2016: Dear Diary, I had a thought while eating a Sno Ball in the shower this morning. Sno Balls should really be served cold. You know, because they’re named after snowballs. Get it? How hasn’t anyone at Hostess thought of that? It’s in the name!

November 10th, 2016: Dear Diary, I’m eating a Twinkie. Am I supposed to eat this with my hands? I feel like a barbarian and my fingers are all greasy. Should I use a utensil or something? Which utensil would I even use, a fork or a spoon? Maybe a spork? Welp it’s too late now, I already ate the rest of the box while writing this.

January 5, 2017: Dear Diary, I’m eating a box of Hostess Cupcakes and a pint of ice cream. I’ve gotta say, it’s really exhausting eating two separate things at once. Isn’t there a better way?

February 7, 2017: Dear Diary, I think Hostess has been reading you somehow and I’m not even mad because HOSTESS ICE CREAM!

That’s right–the brilliant minds at Hostess have figured out how to make their fat foods even fatter. They deserve a Nobel Prize for their contributions to science. Side note: today, I learned that the Nobel Prize is actually a gold medallion, not a large chocolate coin as I had previously thought. I care infinitely less about it now.

These new Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Sno Balls ice cream flavors are the beautiful love child of Hostess and Nestle Dreyer’s. Twinkies Ice Cream is sweet butter cream ice cream with sponge cake pieces and a frosting swirl. Cupcakes Ice Cream is chocolate cake ice cream with cupcake pieces and a frosting swirl. And Sno Balls Ice Cream is marshmallow ice cream with chocolate cake pieces and a whipped coconut swirl. I don’t think I’ve ever used the words “cake pieces” so much in one paragraph before, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

The sweet cream ice cream in Twinkies Ice Cream is rich and very sweet, and reminded me of a hybrid of butterscotch and vanilla flavors. The texture is fine, but not nearly as creamy as even higher-end grocery brands like Ben & Jerry’s. Still, it’s very scoopable.

The sponge cake pieces are buttery in flavor too, but I was sorely disappointed by the lack of them in the container overall. Their texture is chewy but noticeably drier and firmer than actual Twinkies. The frosting swirl provided a slight difference in sweetness compared to the richness of the ice cream and cake pieces, but the swirl was also hard to locate. Twinkies Ice Cream is actually quite good, but with larger/more mix-ins and a more discernible swirl, it could have been great.

Cupcakes Ice Cream features a chocolate cake ice cream, which carries a sweet, fudgy flavor. I picked up a bit of saltiness too, which might be what sets this “chocolate cake” ice cream apart from being just plain “chocolate.” The texture is the same as the Twinkies Ice Cream.

This stuff is basically just chocolate ice cream. The occasional cake pieces provide a nice darker cocoa flavor and chewy texture, but like Twinkies Ice Cream, those mix-ins are pretty scant throughout the container and they’re firmer than what you’d typically associate with cake. The frosting swirl is basically nonexistent. You’re better off just buying some chocolate ice cream and Hostess Cupcakes and eating them at the same time. For more information, see my diary entry above.

Sno Balls Ice Cream is easily the least sexy of the Hostess ice cream flavors, which is saying something because nothing related to Hostess snack cakes is ever sexy. To my surprise though, it’s actually my favorite. The marshmallow ice cream is slightly sugary–but not overly sweet like the previous two flavors–and actually has an airy, whipped texture, just like marshmallow fluff. That texture made it difficult to put the spoon down.

The toasted coconut swirl carries a sweet, floral flavor, and a few coconut flecks provide a bit of grittiness to contrast with the ultra smooth ice cream. The chocolate pieces were few and far between, similar to the other two flavors, but they still added a good cocoa flavor and a nice chew for some variety in texture. Sno Balls Ice Cream works, both as a tribute to the snack cake and as its own ice cream flavor.

Hostess answered my fat little prayers by turning its delicious snack cakes into ice cream, with varying degrees of success. Sno Balls Ice Cream is my clear winner, but the cakey butterscotch vibe of Twinkies Ice Cream isn’t bad either. The only disappointment is Cupcakes Ice Cream, which is just chocolate ice cream. Hey, if Hostess is still reading my diary…

February 7, 2017: Dear Diary, Hostess should make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Ice Cream next fall. Just a thought. ?

Item: Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Sno Balls Ice Cream
Price and Place of Purchase: $5.99 each at Cub Foods
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1/2 cup): Twinkies Ice Cream: 160 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.

Cupcakes Ice Cream: 180 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.

Sno Balls Ice Cream: 160 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.

In a Nutshell: Sno Balls Ice Cream features a great marshmallow ice cream and toasted coconut swirl. Twinkies Ice Cream tastes like a sugary butterscotch cake. Cupcakes Ice Cream is just chocolate. My diary is turning into a fat kid wish list.
Overall Score: Twinkies Ice Cream: 7 out of 10

Cupcakes Ice Cream: 6.5 out of 10

Sno Balls Ice Cream: 8 out of 10

Junk Banter also reviewed Twinkies Ice Cream. Check it out here!

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