Hands Free Baking Thanks to Hostess (Contest Closed)

I grew up with a deep and abiding love of Hostess® Snack Cakes, as my sweet mother was not a particularly gifted baker. My personal favorite would have to be the Hostess® CupCakes® with all that chocolaty goodness and creme-filled center.

This love affair lasted well into my adulthood, and I remember well working for a children’s entertainment company and leaving after my lunch break to frequent the local Quick Stop around the corner for my CupCake® fix.

Those trips had to be a little less frequent when I began portraying Ariel-The Little Mermaid on the weekends, and my skin-tight fin gave away my not-so-secret love of snack cakes. It was all well and good when I could hide behind the Big Bird costume, but those darn princesses really slowed me down.

I can’t help but feel nostalgic when I pass the Hostess® aisle of the grocery store. Especially since I inherited my mother’s lack of baking prowess. That fact seems even more unfortunate every time I have a social event to attend and need to arrive armed with a dessert, as was the case recently.

As luck would have it, I knew I would be reviewing the Hostess® product line. I was at the grocery store and had no time whatsoever to whip up even a boxed dessert. I gleefully perused the Hostess® aisle, and while I did pause in front of the Hostess CupCakes®, I thought I’d throw caution to the wind. I set my sights on two flavors of Hostess® Zingers®, Iced Vanilla Cake with Creamy Filling®, and the Iced Devil’s Food Cake with Creamy Filling®. It’s always good to offer a choice. I brought with me my very best crystal serving platter and arranged them semi-neatly. Presentation is seldom my strong suit when running late and especially after consuming far too much caffeine.

Of course I had to taste test, and I leaned toward the Devil’s Food Cake (which I thought amusing since I was at a church event). I set up an impromptu interview of my children’s friends to see which they preferred, and they were split evenly.

At the end of the evening, I went to collect my serving dish.

I think the Hostess® Zingers® were a hit. (Lowers voice to a whisper) There were a LOT of other desert dishes that were NOT empty.

I have since learned that Hostess has added two new snack cakes to their line, the New Chocolate Creme Twinkies® and the New Frosted Devil’s Food Donettes®. Frankly, you can never go wrong with the tried and true Twinkie®, and to add a chocolaty creme to the mix, well, that’s just Twinkie® heaven. I had the opportunity to recently try (a term I use loosely) the new Chocolate Creme Twinkies®. And by “try” I mean that I took the box with me to a recent Valentine’s Day themed party, arranged them prettily on a tray, and when I went back to do a taste test, they were all gone. My own children declared them delicious. I have to take their word.

A Giveaway

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This sweepstakes runs from 03/01/12 – 3/31/12.

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I will leave comments open until Saturday, March 31st, 2012, at 9:00 PM, EST.

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