Twinkies® have been in the news lately. They’ve been in existence since 1930. I saw one fried at Kennywood. You might remember the reference the Twinkies Defense? And now the company is filing for Chapter 11. With word of bankruptcy- the future of Twinkies unknown.
Would you believe that PBS has an Ode to Twinkies contest, haikus and all, to honor this American snack classic (from the label)? You can click on the link and read some of them, no matter how you feel about Twinkies
Surely they could accommodate different forms- limerick, sonnet, a villanelle or sestina.
I’m not a Twinkies fan but that sure sounds unAmerican.
I’m fascinated by the snack cake phenomenon. Little Debbie, Tastycake, Drake’s Cakes and Moon Pies etc. and I am always looking for food to photograph.
The other night my friend R(who is the inspiration for this post today) was over for dinner and we were talking Twinkies®. I showed her the recipe in my old 1979 Junk Food Cookbook. We spoke of Urban legends. Someone told us that a penny left in Coca-Cola for three weeks will disintegrate but a Twinkie® soaked in the same Coca-Cola the same time period, remains unchanged. Makes one want to experiment, though, just to test the hypothesis.
But Science Fair projects aside, I thought I’d purchase a pack of Twinkies and photograph them and include the wacky cookbook, too.
After school I went to the Bryant Street Market and the Hostess selection on the wire rack was slim. One package of Snoballs, the pink rubbery marshmallow coating and coconut flakes over a half sphere of chocolate cake and white fluffy filling in the center, two wax coated paper sleeves of fruit pies and the Bonus Packs of Twinkies with an extra cake. Great!
440 calories from this package alone! YIKES!
I thought it would be cool to post the homemade version out of the Junk Food Cookbook but then I read the front page and decided against it. Alas, I have zero permission from the publisher. Copyright important to respect and no time to write to the publisher and get permission.
If you want to see a list of sightings in movies and TV shows there’s a list at this link
Twinkie Twinkie Little Cake
How long do you take to bake?
Most of your ingredients
Sound like they are fake.
Perhaps if Hansel and Gretel had dropped
Twinkie crumbs, the birds wouldn’t have touched them
and they could have found their way out of the woods.
I recently did a photographic session of a Jell-o salad mold.
I don’t think I have a future in food photography and come to think of it, there isn’ t anything of food value in Jell-o. It was a challenge and I will post the results of that after the photograph is made public at a charity auction.
But I looked up as I sat at the kitchen table and chuckled when I saw The Jell-o Cookbook there on the shelf. I reciprocated and sent her the Heinz Ketchup Cookbook. I am sure she hasn’t made anything out of that cookbook either.
- 2 1/2 cups SWANS DOWN cake flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk