Orange Torture was always a story meant for Halloween. It involves kids, but more the whole notion of going out to trick or treat. Just what can happen if things aren’t so sweet? John, Fritz and Dana enjoy one last night of that free tiny Snickers, the surprise giant confectionery treat, and the other side of reality. Halloween is not always about treats. There are some tricks and some are of the nastiest kind. It is one night to remember. One person is going to get it. Orange Torture. Check it out today.
It is Lent. I gave up candy. What did not change was the sweet tooth. I did not want to give up all sugar. It’s not a pretty sight. Instead, I have focused my attention on other products. Specifically, Hostess Chocodile Twinkies. I have never eaten a Chocodile. I have eaten Twinkies, in the past. The idea was to embrace the combination in order to explain to you just what these are.
You start with one dense, sponge cake, full of flavor, and wrapped it with a chocolate jacket. You also inject it with plenty of potent cream, not so it explodes, but just so you know it is apparent. I compare it to a snack cake, Funny Bones. Take the chocolate from inside of the cake and make it work outside of it. Get rid of the peanut butter. Allow the cake to be more fluffy, and light.
It is good. I remember when Tastykake had trouble. The greatest thing to watch was how it had come back and become a heck of a snack food competitor. Now, it is Hostess’ turn.
The reality the Chocodile Twinkie is part of an arsenal of great, snack cakes from Hostess. You go to Walmart and see Chocolate, Strawberry, and even Blue Raspberry Twinkies for customers. It is the positive start of something. It’s sort of negative for me though. It is cake coated in chocolate. However, it’s not candy, exactly. I don’t know. It is a very strong snack cake, and a good start for Hostess continued promotion. Check them out.
In the past, Hostess would carry many well-known pies. They would carry a variety of flavors, like apple, lemon and even pudding fillings, and all with icing or glaze, that were popular.
As a young boy, I would invariably find them exceptional and always available in stores. Today, Hostess pies are harder to find. The Wal-Mart website has been my first exposure, recently, to the scarce snack pies. Have no fear though; Tastykake has a solution.
1) What treats do you wish stores would still carry in abundance?
When I would first receive a Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie, I found it exceptional. I did not, and do not, really eat pudding. However, I found, once you wrap that pudding in a pie shell, with icing or glaze, that pudding becomes exceptional.
It is only recently that Hostess would come back from bankruptcy. While I had gotten older, my sweet tooth would remain pie driven.
Enter the Tastykake Chocolate Pie, with real cocoa. They have a variety of pie flavors, including lemon, apple, cherry and chocolate. The Chocolate Pie would excite me the most.
It is weighty. The pie differs from traditional Tastykake Pies, in a personal carton. Tastykake’s new pie comes in a vivid, dense, cocoa wrapper.
I must apologize ahead of time to Hostess. I would open my first Hostess Chocolate Pudding pie and hold it in my hands.
I remember the pie crust and pudding would crumble in my hands almost instantly.
The Hostess Pie was good but I remember Hostess Pies, overall, for having an abundance of filling or for a pie shell that could not hold the filling.
I am a fan of dense, heavy crust, especially if the pie filling is in overabundance.
Tastykake represents this idea best. I would open the Tastykake pie’s packaging to find a solid dessert.
I would move the hearty pastry between my hands but it would not fall apart.
This Tastykake Pie only comes apart when you are ready.
Inside the thick shell, a rich, almost, milk chocolate pudding waits. This combination of thick, sweet butter crust, glaze and lovable, rich milk chocolate pudding makes this pastry very different from Hostess’ product.
In The End
In passing these pies, in the store, I would mistake Tastykake’s new pies for Hostess pies.
These new pies taste much better, from memory, in my opinion.
I have to admit, I ate one other flavor previously.
Instead of writing a review on it, I would like you to taste the other new Tastykake pies and come to your own decision on the product.
Pick one up in the store. Pick up the Hostess pies in certain stores. You can compare the flavors.
In defense of Tastykake, I will say you can expect the heft of the new pie to prepare you for the great taste inside the packaging.
A baker, James Dewar, for the Continental Baking Company would create the Twinkie in 1930. Hostess, part of the Continental Baking Company, would present the Twinkie in many stores around America and the snack cake would become a part of America’s history. Since then, the yellow sponge cake with crème filling has left the snack cake market, along with many other Hostess products. Hostess went bankrupt in November 2012. Tastykake, a popular baking company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1914, has come out with, what seems like, their own version of the Twinkie, the Tastykake Dreamies.
1) What product did you like that was taken off of the market and brought back to the market?
2) What did you think of the product when you first had it and what do you think of that renewed product now?
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The Hostess Twinkie was the first snack cake I ever had. I remember so much from that first experience. The yellow cake was dense and chewy but also soft and spongy. The crème was heavy, rich and good. I thought it was vanilla crème. I ate the two cakes in the package so quickly I just did not care. I did wonder if they would ever make the same kind of Twinkie with a banana cream in its center.
I had to turn away from Twinkies quickly. I found them again, at a much later age, though I felt the Twinkies at that time had a very different taste. The original chewy but soft sponge cake was now very light and thin. It was very much like angel food cake. The crème was lighter but had a very different taste then the Twinkies I had when I was younger. I gave up on the Twinkie at that very moment.
Tastykake made a snack cake with the same tubular shape as Hostess Twinkie and in a similar twin bound package as Hostess Twinkie. Only, these cakes have the name Dreamies. I sometimes hesitate when a new company takes on an old tradition. Then I remember Tastykake is not a new company. Tastykake has stood the test time with its variety of snack cake, pies and other goodies, nationwide.
I will hint at three very good products from the company which include their variety of krimpets, slender sponge cake with icing on top, and sometimes filling inside, pies, specifically their Black and White, Lemon and Pumpkin pies, and cupcakes. I had to see how they would spin what many will compare to the original Hostess Twinkie.
In tasting Tastykake Dreamies, I am looking at three basic things: the taste of the cake, the taste of the cream and the taste overall.
The cake for the Tastykake Dreamies is similar to the older Twinkie. It is like dense yellow pound cake, possibly thicker, with I would almost say is a hint of pineapple in the batter, though I think that is just my imagination. The cake is sweet but not as sweet as the Hostess Twinkie. it is not chewy. It is spongy without a doubt.
The crème inside the cake is slight. It is still very good, strong and luscious. The crème is not to heavy but is just right. I would guess there is vanilla cream in the center each Dreamie and a very worthwhile cream at that.
Overall, in my opinion, this is Tastykake’s rendition of the no longer available Hostess Twinkie. For people who adore the Twinkie, it will be a substitute, and maybe a new friend. For everyone else, I wonder if this cake, if put together with either cool or warm pineapples, and sauce or strawberries, and sauce or blueberries, and sauce, caramel or chocolate would make a fine dessert. Tastykake has made a very fine product.
This is a very strong standalone product. Tastykake has a tendency, in my opinion, to bring products to market that are strong and that is what Tastykake Dreamies brings to the snack cake market. Tastykake presents another fine product will make snack cake consumers fall in love.