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All About the Hostess Cupcake

Updated on June 13, 2013

A Lunch Box Favorite

Everything you wanted to know, but didn't ask
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The Hostess Cupcake

The Origin of the First Commercially Produced Snack Cake

Who doesn't remember eating the Hostess Brand Cupcake when they were a kid?
I mean, it's been around since May 11, 1919.

Originally produced by the Taggart Bakery and originally called the Chocolate Cup Cake, this delicious snack cake sold for only five cents for two. Hostess claims to be "the first snack cake ever introduced to the market". However, in 2004, Tastycake disputed this claim and says that they are the first snack cake.

Truth is, nobody really knows - shame.

Hostess Brands markets a brand of snack cake called the Hostess Cupcake. It's most commonly found in chocolate flavor, but other flavors have been known to come out.

Back then, the chocolate Hostess Cupcake was a little taller than an inch and about a 3.25 inch diameter. It's a chocolate snack cake with cream filling with chocolate icing covering the top. Plus, there's their signature squiggly line that goes straight across the top, but that wasn't until the year 1950. Until then, it had no cream filling and no squiggly line - sad.

It was a man named D.R. "Doc" Rice who started his carreer at Hostess by dumping Hostess Cupcakes on a table in 1938, but eventually worked his way up. He worked his way up to a position where he had to find a new gimmick for the Hostess Cupcake. So he decided to add the seven looped squiggly line that went across the top so people could distinguish a Hostess Cupcake from the other chocolate snack cakes. He then also added the cream.
Wonderful idea, Doc!

Thank you.

Which of these three (3) is your favorite Hostess Brands snack food?

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    • James Peters profile imageAUTHOR

      James Timothy Peters 

      5 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Thank you for the comment. I thought I read somewhere that a Mexican millionaire was interested in purchasing the Hostess Company.

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I always did like the cupcake the best. Never really liked Twinkies. I wonder if anyone will buy the brand now that Hostess in bankrupt.


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