[2-Pack Review] Hostess Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies and Limited Edition Cotton Candy Twinkies

No matter how old I get, this time of year will always remind me of one thing: summer reading assignments.

Personally, I always preferred to spend my summers during grade school eating, not reading. So I never got beyond the reading list for a lot of my classes. But I remember those lists being full of real dry, boring stuff–Shakespeare, Twain, Steinbeck…Yawn. I’ve always thought those old stories could use a modern refresh, with material that’s relevant to today’s learners.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present: A Tale of Two Snack Cakes.

“They were the best of cakes, they were the worst of cakes…”

Hostess has recently released two new flavors of its trademark Twinkie. On one hand, we’ve got new Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies, which appear to be a permanent addition to the Twinkie lineup. On the other hand, there’s Limited Edition Cotton Candy Twinkies, which are available exclusively at Walmart for a limited time. Look, they’re different flavors, people. Get it? Eat your heart out, Charles Dickens.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies feature a chocolate cake with a peanut butter cream filling. This isn’t Hostess’s first venture into the chocolate-peanut butter combination: they released Peanut Butter Ho Hos earlier this year, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Let’s see how the Twinkie edition stacks up.

The peanut butter filling is sweet, but also surprisingly nutty for a processed snack cake. The chocolate cake is of the darker variety, similar to Hostess’s cupcakes–it’s got a rich cocoa flavor and seems slightly less oily than the usual Twinkie cake. The filling and cake taste great together, but the bitter chocolate flavor of the cake dominates most bites. I found myself wanting more peanut butter filling to add some balance, but overall these are pretty enjoyable.

Limited Edition Cotton Candy Twinkies

Cotton Candy Twinkies feature the standard golden Twinkie cake with a cotton candy flavored cream filling. Before today, I thought Key Lime Slime Twinkies were as artificial as Twinkies could get. Cotton Candy Twinkies’ bright pink filling might take the cake.

Cotton Candy Twinkies fall squarely in the “average” category with Key Lime Slime and other recent limited edition Twinkies. The filling starts with a very sugary taste that’s actually similar to cotton candy, but then warps into a bubble gum-like flavor. The yellow cake is its usual greasy, buttery self, and doesn’t really do much to cut through the sweetness of the cream filling. One weird thing to note: well after I took a bite (like, several minutes), I got a sour aftertaste that reminded me of Peeps Oreos. Never, ever do anything to remind me of Peeps Oreos.

As it turns out, Hostess’s new flavors of Twinkies actually are a tale of two snack cakes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies are great, and Cotton Candy Twinkies are…not so great. I can’t recommend any good books, but you should definitely add Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies to your summer eating list.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: $2.50 each at Walmart
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size—2 cakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies: 260 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 28 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Cotton Candy Twinkies: 260 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 340 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 31 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.

In a Nutshell: Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies are great, but could use a little more peanut butter filling. Cotton Candy Twinkies are not great, and could use less Peeps Oreo aftertaste. Summer eating is always better than summer reading.
Overall Score: Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies: 8 out of 10

Cotton Candy Twinkies: 6 out of 10

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