Thursday, August 8, 2013

Taste Test: Old Twinkies vs. New Twinkies

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As many of you may know, Hostess, the maker of many snacks treats, including Twinkies went bankrupt and closed up shop. Fortunately, portions of Hostess were sold off during the bankruptcy proceedings and some of Hostess's former products have returned...including Twinkies.

New Twinkies on the Left vs. Original Twinkies on the Right

In theory, the formula for making them (ingredients and baking) were supposed to remain the same. Now, to be sure, the Ervin household doesn't devour a lot of Twinkies or other snack cakes, as evidenced that the box of Twinkies purchased before they went bankrupt survived half full in the cupboard until after the release of the new Twinkies.

I thought it would be interesting to have a taste test to compare the old Twinkies vs. the new Twinkies. Now, most folks who've known me long enough have have come to realize that my sense of taste isn't all that discerning. Subtle differences are pretty much beyond my recognition for most things. So, I recruited the rest of the family for the experiment, and a friend to the family (Kyle) to taste and compare.

The opinion or results all agreed:
  1. The old Twinkies taste just a bit sweeter than the new Twinkies.
  2. The new Twinkies are a little less dense or solid, being more cake-like than the old Twinkies.
  3. Other than that, the overall taste is largely the same.
If you have the opportunity--if you have any of the old (original) Twinkies sitting in a box behind the Ritz Crackers, Pop Tarts and Hamburger Helper, get a new box to compare and see if your taste test results agree.

Finally, while the point of eating Twinkies has little to do with nutrition, I've included that below--for those who might be interested.

New Twinkie Nutrition Info
Original Twinkie Nutrition Info

12 comments:

  1. Interesting to know. :-)

    Our twinkies are made by another country, though...

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    1. I wonder if they use the same formula or recipe. Are the ingredients the same?

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  2. I've never tasted a Twinkie. I can almost hear the gasps. lol
    What I find most interesting is that two twinkies are considered a single serving.
    Are they that good?

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    1. They're okay. They're not my favorite snack, but certainly are iconic. Been around a long time and there's plenty of jokes and humor attached to them.

      I think a character in Zombieland was traveling the post apacalyptic world in search of Twinkies.

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  3. The only issue I ever had with Twinkies is the chemically aftertaste.

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    1. I never notice one, Donna, but as I said, my taste buds aren't really all that discerning in many ways.

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  4. Twinkies - the ultimate sugar-high and a great defense against the death penalty! lol

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    1. They're said to last 25 years and remain 'fresh'. Maybe a Twinkie a day (or two as pointed out by Phyllis above) would be better than an apple a day?

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  5. The carbs alone would be an entire meal for me. I enjoyed your take on this treat, but I don't eat them. The sugar alone might kill me if I even thought about taking a bite, haha! You would think they could at least add some fiber:-)Angie from AbD

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    1. Angie,
      I guess eating the box would add fiber ;)

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  6. I wrote this long response, and then it was gone. Basically, I haven't had a Twinkie in a long time. Thought about grabbing a couple of boxes when I heard the company was going bankrupt, but didn't. Then I heard the Twinkie would still be available, still haven't had any though. I do like them, just not a must have for me.

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    1. Sorry your long response was lost :( It happened to me a couple times. Now I copy before I try to post.

      We don't eat Twinkies often either. The box of new ones isn't empty yet. Maybe in a few more weeks.

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