I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, for the last time, I know! It isn't a Twinkie, but, since Hostess's unfortunate fiscal collapse, it's the closest we've been in a long time. I happened across an article in a business section of a newspaper that talked about how Little Debbie was going to use her 'street smarts' to launch what the writer was drubbing as 'The Near-Twinkie.' Two days later, I happened across a box at my corner Target stores, and, on an impulse, I picked 'em up.
For the record, no, it isn't the ill-fated Twinkie, but you know what? I'm no culinary expert, but it's a reasonable facsimile. No, the golden cake doesn't have quite the same level of moist sponginess that Hostess managed to squeeze into theirs, but what there is works just fine. I'll admit that, by the last bite, it may've all been a bit slow heading down the esophagus; still, that's a small price to pay (compared to the hefty $75-$100 a box of Twinkies will run you on eBay these days).
And, of course, there's a creamy center -- a white, sugary concoction that we were all brought up to love and crave so well. What Little Debbie pumps into the center of its golden delight isn't quite as sweet nor as creamy as I can recall from my days dining on Twinkies. It doesn't ooze around as well off the tongue as it should. I'll hold out hope that the formula gets a modest adjustment as the days wear on.
So, of course not. It ain't the Twinkie of our youth. Hostess has announced that it has several interested parties vying to take over that throne, so, until that fateful day, Little Debbie is just going to have to do, kids. It ain't a bad substitute, and it could be far worse. For now, Little Debbie has found a way back into my heart ... erm, I meant 'stomach.'
My husband and I both go ga-ga for Little Debbie snack cakes. Even as a child, I would get overly excited whenever I went grocery shopping with my mom. She always let my sister and I pick out a few snacks and every time I would go straight for the Little Debbie's. Lately, I have been watching what I eat. That doesn't mean that I don't eat sweets, because diets like that have never worked for me. Instead, I am focusing on cutting back how much I eat. Little Debbie Cloud Cakes … more