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When was the last time you ate a Hostess Twinkie?

Asked by josie (22422 points ) June 4th, 2011

I would not be able to answer my own question. It has simply been too long ago.

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

Maybe 5yrs ago?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Second week of April this year.

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t know what a hostess twinkie is.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

After Zombieland came out. True story, I went out and bought a pack after watching the movie. Perfect place for a product placement, I’ll tell you what.

aprilsimnel's avatar

~30 years ago. Was never a big snack cake fan. Just gimme a glazed doughnut.

However, not only I do remember when Hostess fruit pies were filled with actual fruit but also when it changed to red and blue goop! I would’ve been about 12 or 13. The 80s were a decade of changes, my friends.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

A decade at least.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt about them.;)

JLeslie's avatar

A loooonnng time ago. I have no idea exactly. Now, a Hostess Ho-Ho different story. Probably a few months ago.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

—@Bellatrix A Hostess Twinkie

It has been years since I’ve last had one. Here are my theories on them though:
1.) They were massed produced in the ‘50s with enough preservatives to shut down the production line and still keep them fresh after all these years.
2.) Consuming them as a child has contributed to the ability to maintain a youthful appearance beyond others my age due to the preservatives.

Kardamom's avatar

Some time in the early 70’s. I was actually more of a raspberry zingers fan, even then.

My best friend used to stick Fritos in the side of twinkies to make them look like a whale. We thought she was extremely creative.

And I’m with @aprilsimnel I Looooove me some glazed donuts! Especially if they are warm and fresh. I don’t like the ones from Krispy Kreme, but Winchell’s and Yum Yum glazed donuts are da bomb.

Jeruba's avatar

At a rough guess, 1956.

@gailcalled wins.

{Edit] @Bellatrix, more on Twinkies.

And—I just realized I answered incorrectly. My answer was for Hostess cupcakes. For Twinkies, the answer is—never. I have never eaten one. I always viewed them with suspicion as a youngster, perhaps because they didn’t bear the least resemblance to something my mother baked, and past the age of 9 or 10 there was simply no desire.

gailcalled's avatar

It might have been in the late 40’s. I do remember being a huge fan of Hostess cupcakes. I brought my lunch to school and often had one for dessert after I ate my sliced meatloaf or potroast sandwich, carrot sticks, and apple.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

Probably when I was about 13 or so. Then I graduated to eating Hostess Ding Dongs! But they don’t make chocolate Ding Dongs like they did when I was younger——in the past, they used to have a thick, rich chocolate icing coating, and the cake seemed moister. And they were wrapped in foil packages. Today, the Ding Dongs have a thin, waxy chocolate coating, and the cake’s not as rich or moist. And they are now wrapped in cheap clear plastic. :(

filmfann's avatar

40 years.
I did have a Ding Dong about 10 years ago. It wasn’t as good as I remembered.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@filmfann You experienced the same disappointment in Ding Dongs that I have. I used to love them, but they’re not the same anymore. Rats!

MilkyWay's avatar

Uh, when was the last time I ate a what?

Blackberry's avatar

Like 5 years ago. Not even any debbie snacks.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It must be more than 25 years.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

What happened to the original Ding Dongs? Has Hostess become cheap and are cutting corners? :(

Kardamom's avatar

@queenie Twinkies are little snack cakes, about 5 inches long, made of sponge cake and filled with a very sweet, kind of chemically insired, cream filling. The cake is pretty good, the filling is horrifically sweet and not of this world. Twinkies are known to be able to sit, unwrapped for years and years, because of all the horrible artificial preservatives in them. Kids seem to love them.

MilkyWay's avatar

Cool, thanks for that @Kardamom ! :)

Pandora's avatar

Oh a few years back. I’m guessing maybe 10 years or so ago. I wanted to see what was it I use to like about it as a kid. Now its just too much sugar inside and it taste greasy as well. I took one bite and all I could think is I just didn’t really have taste buds back when I was 18.

Only138's avatar

I fucking hate Twinkies.

beccagolling's avatar

a few months again…yum!

jonsblond's avatar

Walmart had a display of Twinkies when I was shopping the other day. My arm extended for just a moment until my brain told it to stop. I find it hilarious that I think of Woody Harrelson now whenever I see them.

I can’t remember the last time I had one, though I’d love to have a deep fried twinkie. Just because.

augustlan's avatar

I just had them a couple of weeks ago! I used to love them when I was a kid, and when I was recently in the mood for some comfort food, I got a box. They, um, suck now. :(

@jonsblond I will find and eat a deep-fried one, though. How can I pass that up?

rooeytoo's avatar

I was never a fan of Twinkies, they don’t have them in Australia so at least 12 years and probably a lot longer. But Tasty Kakes, now that is a different story, again it has been about 12 years but wow oh wow do I miss them, Peanut Butter Tandy Kakes, Junior Kakes, Butterscotch Krimpets, I am practically drooling!

I also miss good pretzels, they just don’t have good pretzels in Australia!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@rooeytoo – You’ve got Tim-Tams. It evens out.

answerjill's avatar

About 15 years ago, maybe, and I don’t miss them! I have fonder memories of Devil Dogs…

Brian1946's avatar

In general reference to something that’s relatively long, yellow, and filled with something somewhat white, I had a banana two days ago.

I think the last time I had a twinkie was about 1967.
I stopped eating them when I found out that the delicious methalsulfate hydroxalene perchloracyl plutonabolic filling, had been replaced with smegma.

gailcalled's avatar

Am I the only one who remembers what the original tootsie roll tasted like? I tried one the other day at the movies and it was like eating soap-flavored rubber bands.

rooeytoo's avatar

@aprilsimnel – sorry I think there is no comparison, I want Tasty Kakes!!! ( c:

@gailcalled – I completely agree with you, they taste like nothing identifiable, the originals actually tasted like cocoa or chocolate and were very good!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@gailcalled and @aprilsimnel According to the Tootsie Roll company, they haven’t changed the recipe. Here is an old Q&A on the them. Either the company is lying, our our taste buds have changed.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Tootsie rolls were never good.

gailcalled's avatar

You probably aren’t old enough to remember when they actually were.

gailcalled's avatar

High fructose corn syrup wasn’t used much before the 1970s. Personally, I don’t believe that the tootsie rolls of the late forties and early fifties were made the same as today. Even a Milky Way tastes awful nowadays.

rooeytoo's avatar

There is no way a Tootsie Roll today tastes the same as when I was a kid. I know I sometimes succumb to the “good ole days” syndrome, but this is definitely not one of those times.

Ron_C's avatar

I think it was 20 to 30 years ago. The good news is that they are completely inorganic and will be around after the last cockroach dies. So if you find a package, ignore the “best by” date you can eat them as safely as any yellow spongy thing filled with an unknown white substance.

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