Hostess' Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate, and Blue Raspberry Creme Twinkies: A Taste Test

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Lauren Saria
Hostess has taken a cue from Oreo and released four new flavors of Twinkies.
The Guilty Pleasure: Hostess' Summer of Twinkies flavored Twinkies
Where to Get It: Walmart
Price: $2.50 for a box of 10
What It Really Costs: Having irreversibly greasy fingers for the rest of the day

Like so many others, I felt a little twinge of panic when Hostess announced it was going away for good in 2012. At that time I genuinely wondered about whether life would be the same without the Twinkie. Would our kids grow up without knowing the beloved American snack? Of course the crisis was averted and in July 2013 the Twinkie returned to convenience store shelves -- it was really the only fitting ending for a snack that's known for its everlasting powers.

But this time around Hostess is doing things differently. They aren't about to let the Twinkie slide back out of America's culinary consciousness. They're going to be a hip, cool brand. They're going to be like Oreo, with an array of flavors for customers to choose from.

Enter, the Hostess Summer of Twinkies.

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It's not the first time Hostess has offered fruit-flavored Twinkies. In fact, the original Twinkie featured banana creme and banana-flavored Twinkies have been available as recently as 2007.

The current iteration of flavored Twinkies includes four flavors, including strawberry, blue raspberry, banana, and chocolate. They're all being marketed under the "Summer of Twinkies" campaign with the slogan "Cue the fun!" Earlier in the year, blue raspberry and strawberry Twinkies were also available as a part of a promotion for the movie X-Men Days of Future Past.

We started our very scientific taste test by examining all four Twinkies in their plastic wrapping:

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Lauren Saria
Blue raspberry, what's wrong with you?

As you can see, three of the Twinkies look pretty normal -- but the blue raspberry Twinkie looks like it's leaking some sort of toxic blue substance. Up close you can even see a little bit of greasy moisture trapped inside the plastic, slightly tinted with Smurf-colored dye. It was utterly horrific and we ate it anyway.

Blue Raspberry Creme

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Lauren Saria
Does that shade of blue even appear in nature?

Surprisingly, the blue raspberry-flavored Twinkie isn't nearly as repulsive to your tastebuds as it is to your eyes. The spongy cake gives way to bright blue creme that's far more aggressive in color than in taste. In fact, we could hardly taste the blue raspberry flavor at all. The first bite is where you'll probably taste the flavor the most and it tastes pretty much exactly like a blue raspberry Jolly Rancher. Not at all like an actual raspberry, but very distinct. By the second and third bites, however, that subtle flavor will be overwhelmed by the generic tastes of sugar and vanilla and more sugar.



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15 comments
Jason Long
Jason Long

Banana Creme is the only one that matters

Amber Kucera
Amber Kucera

Chocolate filled ones are the only I've tried. They're good but the original is the best.

Amber Kucera
Amber Kucera

They have, at least in CO. They are calling them choc dipped Twinkies but up in the corner it does say "chocodiles". I found them at Walmart. Of course they are smaller but they are so good :)

Cvvendysue Cv
Cvvendysue Cv

they go away, NOW they hit us with all kinds of Crazy stuff....yum!

lnaalba1
lnaalba1

The Chocolate One looks Constipated!

Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

Mmmm banana cream! That is what was used to fill the original Twinkies!

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