Deep-fried Twinkie junkies, get ready to rock your oven! Hostess just made it possible to enjoy this yummy treat at home with very little effort required. According to CBS News, this is Hostess Brands’ first attempt at a freezer-related treat and creating it wasn’t easy.
At first, the company considered selling its version of deep-fried Twinkies to restaurants. However, after Hostess tested several prototypes, Walmart approached the company with a partnership offer. The rest is deep-fried history.
During his initial taste testing, Walmart frozen food buyer John Pearson admitted that the first samples of deep-fried Twinkies were “pretty good.” He added to his review by saying “the batter was a little lumpy.”
USA Today explains that deep-fried Twinkies are exclusive to Walmart for a period of three months. After that, consumers will be able to purchase them at a variety of other stores as well. The iconic treat is available in both chocolate and vanilla (original golden) flavors.
Watch the following video for price and baking instructions. Deep-fried Twinkies are surprisingly cheap, compared to fair or carnival food prices.
If you happen to be extremely health-conscious, a deep-fried Twinkie may not be your best snack option. Weighing in at 220 calories and 9g of fat, it compares to 130 calories and 4g of fat in a regular Twinkie. The decision on whether or not to indulge is completely up to you.
These new Hostess deep-fried Twinkies don’t taste exactly like the ones at the county fair. But, for a yummy treat that takes roughly 10 minutes to bake, it’s definitely not a bad substitute. In this case, think crispy outside and ooey-gooey filling.
In the event you prefer to whip up your own, there are countless recipes for deep-fried Twinkies online. Some of them call for store-bought Twinkies, while others are totally from scratch options. ABC News recently published this recipe for deep-fried Twinkies with raspberry sauce, courtesy of the food editor of the St. Petersburg Times.
It looks like this recipe’s key for success is freezing the Twinkies overnight (or at least several hours) before deep-frying them. If you don’t, you may end up with a disintegrated mess. Here is one more quick tip: if you’re looking for an easy raspberry sauce recipe, suitable for other desserts, this one just might fit the bill.
If you’re really craving deep-fried Twinkies today, why not head over to Pinterest and scroll through scads of Twinkie-related recipes? Here are just a few of them to consider.
- Pineapple Twinkie Delight
- Pikachu Pokémon Twinkie Treats
- Deep-Fried Twinkies
- Easy Peasy Twinkie Cake Pops
- Twinkie Bomb Pie
- DIY Twinkies
- Chocolate Covered Twinkies
- Berry Cheesecake Trifle
- Gluten-Free Twinkies
CNN reports that Hostess deep-fried Twinkies should be available nationwide by August 16. That being said, if you don’t have access to a local Walmart, you won’t have to wait forever to try one.
This isn’t the first time that Hostess has made changes to its Twinkies. To celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters movie, you can now purchase Key Lime Slime Twinkies. As you can probably guess, the filling is a fun “ectoplasm-green” color and key lime in flavor. Slimer would be proud.
Not everyone eats Twinkies on a frequent basis, deep-fried or otherwise. If you happen to fall into this group, you may not be aware that Twinkie production was halted in 2012. Shocked Twinkie-lovers flocked to stores everywhere to frantically stock up on as many boxes possible.
The Twinkie scare was the result of a Bakery Workers union strike, which forced Hostess into bankruptcy. But, all was not lost. Private equity groups Metropoulos & Co and Apollo Global Management shelled out $410 million to purchase Hostess Brands. Twinkies hit the shelves again in 2013.
Since you can’t please everyone all of the time, there are obviously good reviews and bad reviews centering around deep-fried Twinkies.
So… this is how it ends for me? Death by Deep fried Twinkie Overdose pic.twitter.com/TX7UudfT1b
— Britni (@brrriitttnnii) August 12, 2016
‘I like the original Twinkie,’ she said. ‘This is a step too far.’ https://t.co/LWtLIT1xCo
— Hugo Gye (@HugoGye) August 12, 2016
Deep Fried Twinkies will now be available at grocery stores. This is the greatest day for the South since they seceded from the union.
— Andy Ruther (@AndyRuther) August 12, 2016
Attn Wal-Mart shoppers: Get your Deep Fried Twinkies in aisle 5, diabetes tests now being given in aisle 6. https://t.co/dihNiHL0T5
— soozreynolds (@soozreynolds) August 12, 2016
When you still have four more weeks of bathing suit season but Deep Fried Twinkies are trending… pic.twitter.com/1Plx0MlAF6
— Caitlin Green (@caitiegreen) August 12, 2016
Are you excited to try this new version of deep-fried Twinkies? Have you ever made your own version of them at home? Feel free to share your love or dislike of deep-fried Twinkies below.
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