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« on: August 18, 2008, 06:19:49 PM »

And I found it to be disappointing.  It's not nearly as good as I remember nor was it 'the event' that I remember it being.

Have they changed the recipe? The packaging?  For example, I remember when they changed Kit Kats from the foil wrapping to the vaccum sealed thing, the candy bar was fresher but it no longer tasted exactly like a kit kat.

Same thing happen with Twinkies?

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 06:29:56 PM »

Nah. Twinkies just aren't that good. Ho-Hos are where it's at. Or zingers. Zingers are good.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 06:41:45 PM »

Wagonwheels FTW. Steal em from your kids at halloween time... tastes just as good as when you used to steal them from little kids way back in the day. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 06:52:27 PM »

Ding-Dongs are still as good as I remembered them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008, 06:56:41 PM »

I bet they are.
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM »

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008, 07:07:50 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

Those are available in Pittsburgh and are quite tasty indeed.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

Uh, I've seen TastyKake's in Virginia.  It's not a Philly only thing!

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2008, 07:22:04 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

Uh, I've seen TastyKake's in Virginia.  It's not a Philly only thing!

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

They didn't start distributing outside of the Philadelphia area until recently.  Now they distribute along the East Coast, but you still can't find them west of the Pittsburgh area.  I miss me some butterscotch krimpets. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2008, 07:27:54 PM »

Maybe you can find a Twinkie from a decade ago. It should still be as "fresh" as the day it was synthesized.
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2008, 07:35:47 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

What, is that like tasty wheat?
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2008, 07:37:31 PM »

It has been a while since I have had a lot of the pre-packaged treats.  I guess I've been trying to be healthy. It probably has been quite a while since I've had a Twinkie (are they receiving a resurgance due to "Wall-E"? Maybe not, if people expect a cockroach to be inside.) Also a big fan of Ho-Ho's, partcularly frozen ("fro-Ho's").

I've always enjoyed the Drake's/Hostess rivalry, with all the similar cakes with different names. Ding Dongs/Ring Dings, Ho-Ho's/Yodels, Cupcakes/Yankee Doodles, fruit pies, etc.  From a little poking around it seems they actually merged for a time. Or still are. Not clear.

They had Tastykake in NY when I was younger - I remember the jingle (Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a tastykake).  I don't think I ever had any, though.
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2008, 07:40:32 PM »

Never was a big Twinkies person, but I considered myself a Little Debbie connoisseur. Star Crunch, anyone?

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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2008, 07:43:25 PM »

Zebra Cakes are where it's at!  Still good to this day..
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2008, 07:49:07 PM »

Yeah, it's like that.
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2008, 07:51:33 PM »

I've never been a huge Twinkie fan, though in theory I should like them.  I think the problem is the weird aftertaste/strange feeling in my mouth effect.  There is something in them that I just don't like the taste of. 

Oddly, Twinkie clones avoid this problem.  Still, I hardly ever eat them.

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2008, 07:53:06 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

I actually tried one at the Arizona State Fair and was terribly disappointed.  The frying process liquified the filling which ran out prior to the treat being served, the batter was comperable to what is used to make corn dogs which seemed to overwhelm the underlying sponge cake, and it just paled in comparison to other deep fried treats such as Oreos and Snickers bars.  
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2008, 07:55:38 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:53:06 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

I actually tried one at the Arizona State Fair and was terribly disappointed.  The frying process liquified the filling which ran out prior to the treat being served, the batter was comperable to what is used to make corn dogs which seemed to overwhelm the underlying sponge cake, and it just paled in comparison to other deep fried treats such as Oreos and Snickers bars.  

There's a thread over on OO where someone did a "eat everything on a stick at the fair" project and came to the same conclusion about the deep fried twinkies.  He said you could barely tell the corn batter from cake part.
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« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2008, 08:11:25 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on August 18, 2008, 07:40:32 PM

Never was a big Twinkies person, but I considered myself a Little Debbie connoisseur. Star Crunch, anyone?

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« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2008, 08:23:48 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:53:06 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

I actually tried one at the Arizona State Fair and was terribly disappointed.  The frying process liquified the filling which ran out prior to the treat being served, the batter was comperable to what is used to make corn dogs which seemed to overwhelm the underlying sponge cake, and it just paled in comparison to other deep fried treats such as Oreos and Snickers bars.  

The Twinkie I ate fried was dipped in pancake batter before being fried.  The filling wasn't liquified, either, and did no running out of the treat prior to being served.

Methinks you had a less than stellar fried Twinkie experience.  Or a bad cook.  I'm surprised you didn't complain that the Twinkie wasn't fabulous enough for you.   Fabulous
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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2008, 08:55:15 PM »

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+1, unless the temperature is too high and they melt all over.
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« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2008, 09:06:14 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on August 18, 2008, 07:40:32 PM

Star Crunch, anyone?

Had some of those last year. They didn't hold up well either.... crybaby
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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2008, 09:17:31 PM »

Oatmeal Pies FTMFW  drool

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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2008, 09:58:49 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 08:23:48 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:53:06 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

I actually tried one at the Arizona State Fair and was terribly disappointed.  The frying process liquified the filling which ran out prior to the treat being served, the batter was comperable to what is used to make corn dogs which seemed to overwhelm the underlying sponge cake, and it just paled in comparison to other deep fried treats such as Oreos and Snickers bars. 

The Twinkie I ate fried was dipped in pancake batter before being fried.  The filling wasn't liquified, either, and did no running out of the treat prior to being served.

Methinks you had a less than stellar fried Twinkie experience.  Or a bad cook.  I'm surprised you didn't complain that the Twinkie wasn't fabulous enough for you.   Fabulous

Do I see the start of the much anticipated Fabulous-off?
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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2008, 10:01:01 PM »

When I am in the south, I always make sure to get some of these



(moon pies)

Every time I have tried to introduce another northerner to them, however, it always fails to impress.
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2008, 10:23:12 PM »

I go fabulous with my stuff *cough*


Gotta love pound cake....

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I cant remember the brand name, but they make these amazing muffins up here, I thought it was grandma or granny's... but I cannot find it after 10 mins of google-fu.  Anyways... sure, they might not be very healthy for you, but at least you die happy smile
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2008, 10:28:49 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 08:23:48 PM

I'm surprised you didn't complain that the Twinkie wasn't fabulous enough for you.   Fabulous

I did.  The problem is almost all deep-fried-on-a-stick offerings at the Arizona State Fair incorporate the basic corn batter found on corn dogs.  Such a widespread application of the same batter is distinctly unfabulous.  There is such a lack of creativity.  While the Arizona State Fair is great in terms of its overwhelming menu of on-a-stick food offerings, until the various deep-fried offerings incorporate more than just basic corn batter the fair will never be truly fabulous.

Although the tacos at our favorite stand are in fact fabulous.  They make their own corn tortillas and then deep-fry them to order to make the taco shells.  The meat is cooked to order in small batches to ensure the highest level of freshness while toppings are diced while you wait (lettuce, tomato, onion, fresh pico de gallo).  I have yet to find a better taco anywhere.  It is, in fact, fabulous.
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2008, 10:34:09 PM »

Quote from: Semaj on August 18, 2008, 10:23:12 PM

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Gotta love pound cake....

While I do love a good pound cake (my personal favorite is frozen Sara Lee pound cake while it is still frozen), I see your Entenmanns pound cake and raise you the Entenmanns Cherry Cheese Danish:



Never have fruit and cheese been presented in a better over-the-counter offering.   drool
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2008, 11:18:39 PM »

batter the twinkie up and deep fry it.  slywink

Actually, the banana cream twinkies are pretty good, the extra flavor helps give it something beyond just generic packaged pastry.

One of these days I need to find a pound cake recipe.  The frozen sara lee pound cake in those aluminum trays bring back so many memories.
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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2008, 11:52:20 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:22:04 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

Uh, I've seen TastyKake's in Virginia.  It's not a Philly only thing!

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

They didn't start distributing outside of the Philadelphia area until recently.  Now they distribute along the East Coast, but you still can't find them west of the Pittsburgh area.  I miss me some butterscotch krimpets. 

I'm pretty sure I've seen then in Columbus OH.
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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2008, 12:33:38 AM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 10:34:09 PM

Quote from: Semaj on August 18, 2008, 10:23:12 PM

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Gotta love pound cake....

While I do love a good pound cake (my personal favorite is frozen Sara Lee pound cake while it is still frozen), I see your Entenmanns pound cake and raise you the Entenmanns Cherry Cheese Danish:



Never have fruit and cheese been presented in a better over-the-counter offering.   drool

I went with the simple for entenmanns.... I am very much a cheesecake and Marble cake kind of guy.  But I didnt want to intrude upon your fabulosity by showing you things you are not ready to appreciate smile
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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2008, 12:56:26 AM »

I prefer the Ah Caramel. Not sure if these are available in the U.S. If they're not, you Americans are missing out.

For something you definitely can't get in the U.S. that I could hardly live without while living there last year: Pirate peanut butter creme cookies. icon_eek  Nutter Butter ain't got nothin' on these.

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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2008, 03:53:15 AM »

I ate two twinkies today because of this thread.

I now hate the OP.

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« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2008, 12:40:17 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:22:04 PM


They didn't start distributing outside of the Philadelphia area until recently.  Now they distribute along the East Coast, but you still can't find them west of the Pittsburgh area.  I miss me some butterscotch krimpets. 

Since when is twenty years ago "recently"? Tongue

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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2008, 12:46:19 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:53:06 PM


I actually tried one at the Arizona State Fair and was terribly disappointed.  The frying process liquified the filling which ran out prior to the treat being served, the batter was comperable to what is used to make corn dogs which seemed to overwhelm the underlying sponge cake, and it just paled in comparison to other deep fried treats such as Oreos and Snickers bars.  

There's the first problem right there.  Funnel cake batter, not cornmeal, should be used on a fried twinkie.  The other big problem is failing to properly use a stick when frying the Twinkie, which results in puckering where the batter-covered Twinkie is handled before being inserted into the oil.  Finally, the Twinkie must be frozen before it is covered or the sponge cake and batter do not adhere properly to avoid seepage.
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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2008, 02:32:14 PM »

Quote from: Sarkus on August 19, 2008, 03:53:15 AM

I ate two twinkies today because of this thread.

I now hate the OP.

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« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2008, 06:19:46 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:22:04 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 18, 2008, 07:16:27 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 18, 2008, 07:02:03 PM

The unfortunate, empty existence those outside of Philadelphia are forced to share.  Poor, poor souls.

Uh, I've seen TastyKake's in Virginia.  It's not a Philly only thing!

Oh, and Twinkies are best served fried.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Heart attack on a plate.

They didn't start distributing outside of the Philadelphia area until recently.  Now they distribute along the East Coast, but you still can't find them west of the Pittsburgh area.  I miss me some butterscotch krimpets. 

Not true.  I ate Tastycake butterscotch krimpets in middle school in Northern VA back in late 80's.   
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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2008, 12:06:17 AM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 18, 2008, 06:19:49 PM

For example, I remember when they changed Kit Kats from the foil wrapping to the vaccum sealed thing, the candy bar was fresher but it no longer tasted exactly like a kit kat.

Wait, when did this happen? I must not have eaten a Kit Kat in while, I always remember the foil.
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2008, 03:30:38 AM »

I always had Tastykake in Maryland... I actually just recently started to find them at Duane Reade stores here in NYC.

Butterscotch Krimpets FTW!
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« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2008, 06:21:59 AM »

The battle in my childhood snack wars in Las Vegas were fought by Dolly Madison vs. Hostess, which are both references to Dolley Madison.  Oddly enough, they are both owned by the same company now.  I was a Dolly kinda guy because Charlie Brown and the gang were on the packaging.  I didn't know about Little Debbie until I moved to Texas.  The only way to eat a Nutty bar is top down, one layer at a time without breaking them during the removal process.
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