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The Homemade Twinkie Recipe Experiment

Updated on December 3, 2012
How do you describe a twinkie? A moist golden brown cake filled with sweet cream that oozes out upon your first bite.
How do you describe a twinkie? A moist golden brown cake filled with sweet cream that oozes out upon your first bite.

The minute my husband discovered Twinkies were no longer on the market, he panicked! He lamented the loss of a great American icon. On the other hand, I was never a fan of those sweet cakes so I could not understand the reason for such a demonstration of woe.

He searched the net and found a box of ten count Twinkies going for $1,000. That was an outrage! This was when the news first broke out, we later discovered the authorities must have had a say in pricing since they are now reduced to $13.92 for the same box of ten.

A look at the Hostess Brands site disclosed "We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Baker's Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets. Thank you for all of your loyalty and support over the years." Upon reading this, you would have thought my hubby was reading an obituary. After mourning the loss and saying good-bye, he declared making his own homemade Twinkies was the only solution.

Thus, we have the highlights of our homemade Twinkie recipe experiment. It's not goodbye. It's hello!

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Twinkie History

In 1933, Twinkies were introduced to Americans by The Continental Baking Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. A baker named, James Dewar got the idea for the Twinkie while delivering one of their products, a cream filled strawberry shortcake. The machines sat idle after the strawberry season was over so he came up with an idea to produce a snack cake with banana filling. The proposed cost was five cents for a package of two.

Due to the shortage of bananas during World War II, Hostess had to come up with a different filling and switched to vanilla creme. Later in the 1950's the Twinkie rose to popularity due to the sponsoring of the Howdy Doody show. Lastly, during the 60's, because of the fear of a nuclear attack, the Twinkie was highly sought since it was believed they would stay fresh forever (It is reported that they actually only stay fresh for 25 days.)

The company headquarters in Irving, Texas permanently closed its doors on November 12, 2012. Hostess owned nearly 600 baking and distribution facilities in the US and the resulting layoff affected approximately 18,500 workers.

The company also produced brands such as Wonder®, Nature's Pride®, Dolly Madison®, Drake's®, Home pride®, Merita® and Blue Ribbon®.

Source: hostessbrands.com; kitchenproject.com

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Homemade Twinkie Highlights

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Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to complete the batter. The mixture makes a dense, moist cake batter.We used a double boiler to heat the butter, milk and vanilla for the cream filling.The butter, milk, and vanilla will look like liquid copper.  The whipped filling looks thick and creamy when complete.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to complete the batter.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to complete the batter.
The mixture makes a dense, moist cake batter.
The mixture makes a dense, moist cake batter.
We used a double boiler to heat the butter, milk and vanilla for the cream filling.
We used a double boiler to heat the butter, milk and vanilla for the cream filling.
The butter, milk, and vanilla will look like liquid copper.
The butter, milk, and vanilla will look like liquid copper.
The whipped filling looks thick and creamy when complete.
The whipped filling looks thick and creamy when complete.

Forming The Cake Molds

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Fold the foil as directed.Use a small spice bottle to form the cake moldsThe molds should resemble a boat or box.Heavily oil the foil walls and bottom before pouring the batter into the molds.
Fold the foil as directed.
Fold the foil as directed.
Use a small spice bottle to form the cake molds
Use a small spice bottle to form the cake molds
The molds should resemble a boat or box.
The molds should resemble a boat or box.
Heavily oil the foil walls and bottom before pouring the batter into the molds.
Heavily oil the foil walls and bottom before pouring the batter into the molds.

Filling The Twinkie Cakes

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Place the cakes in a square baking pan to prevent movement  while baking. Use a chopstick to poke three holes in the bottom of each cake. The three holes should be evenly spaced on the cake. We used a plastic baggie to squirt filling into the holes.  Highly recommend using a piping tool instead!  The filling will expand the cake as it spreads within the walls. A little icing will peek through the bottom.
Place the cakes in a square baking pan to prevent movement  while baking.
Place the cakes in a square baking pan to prevent movement while baking.
Use a chopstick to poke three holes in the bottom of each cake.
Use a chopstick to poke three holes in the bottom of each cake.
The three holes should be evenly spaced on the cake.
The three holes should be evenly spaced on the cake.
We used a plastic baggie to squirt filling into the holes.  Highly recommend using a piping tool instead!
We used a plastic baggie to squirt filling into the holes. Highly recommend using a piping tool instead!
The filling will expand the cake as it spreads within the walls. A little icing will peek through the bottom.
The filling will expand the cake as it spreads within the walls. A little icing will peek through the bottom.

Twinkie Recipe (Source: Leite's Culinaria)

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs. milk (whole preferred)
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 can Nonstick cooking spray, or bottle of vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position.
  2. To make your shiny, single-use Twinkie molds, start with a piece of aluminum foil, preferably heavy-duty, that’s approximately 14 inches long. It should be just a little longer than it is wide. Fold the foil in half lengthwise, then fold it in half again to create a rectangle that’s about 6 inches long and 7 inches wide. Repeat to make a dozen rectangles.
  3. Place 1 sheet of folded foil on your work surface, with the long side facing you. Place a standard-size plastic or glass spice bottle on its side in the center of the foil, the bottle's long side also facing you. Bring the long sides of the foil up around the bottle. The foil won’t reach all the way around, and that’s okay. Fold the foil in around both top and bottom ends of the spice bottle, nice and tight. You’ll end up with a sort of trough situation. Repeat until you have 12 foil Twinkie molds. Spritz the molds with a generous amount of nonstick spray or use your fingertips to coat the molds with vegetable oil. Place the Twinkie molds on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan.
  4. Whisk the flours, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  5. Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter melts. Remove from the heat add the vanilla. Cover to keep warm.
  6. Separate the eggs, placing the whites in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or, if using a hand mixer or whisk, a large mixing bowl) and reserving the yolks in another bowl. Beat the whites on high speed until foamy. Gradually add 6 tablespoons of the sugar and the cream of tartar and continue to beat until the whites reach soft, moist peaks.
  7. Transfer the beaten egg whites to a large bowl and add the egg yolks to the standing mixer bowl—there’s no need to clean the bowl (or, if using a hand mixer or whisk, simply place the egg yolks in a separate large bowl). Beat the egg yolks with the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture is very thick and a pale lemon color, about 5 minutes. Add the beaten egg whites to the yolks, but do not mix.
  8. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg whites and then mix everything on low speed for just 10 seconds (or, if using a hand mixer or whisk, until blended but not thoroughly combined). Remove the bowl from the mixer, make a well in one side of the batter, and pour the melted butter mixture into the bowl. Fold gently with a large rubber spatula until the batter shows no trace of flour and the whites and yolks are evenly mixed, about 8 strokes.
  9. Immediately scrape the batter into the prepared molds, filling each with about 3/4 inch of batter. Bake until the cake tops are light brown and feel firm and spring back when touched, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pan containing the molds to a wire rack and allow the cakes to cool in the molds.
  10. Just before filling, remove each cake from the foil. Using the end of a chopstick, poke three holes in the bottom of each cake, just like in the bottom of real Twinkies. Wiggle the tip of the chopstick around quite a lot to make room for the filling.
  11. Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag fit with a small tip (about 1/4 inch across). Pipe the frosting into the holes you created in the bottom of the cakes. As you fill each cake, hold it in your hand and press your palm gently around it so you can feel the cake expand, taking care not to overfill and crack the cake.
  12. Unlike real Twinkies, these won’t last indefinitely. They’re best served still slightly warm.

Twinkie Creamy Flavor-Filling Options

Item
Flavor
Fruit
Cherry, Strawberry, Apricot, Banana
Vegetable
Jalepeno, Carrot, Sweet Potato
Other
Chocolate, Maple, Peanut Butter

Twinkies Nutritional Breakdown

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cake
Calories 150
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 18 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Hello Twinkie, Not Goodbye!

Twinkie Recipe Findings

This recipe actually makes wonderful Twinkies. Our version did not exactly look like the original cake, but it was just as tasty. My husband slowly savored his first Twinkie and quickly finished off the rest over the next couple of days. And, I will admit I had one. They are now just a memory.

What we learned:

  1. They are probably much better if made using actual cake molds. The foil was practical, but the molds would have given them a polished look.
  2. We also decided that using butter instead of oil on the walls and bottom would have been a better choice. The oil dripped down into the bottom quickly leaving the sides with little coating.
  3. Using a piping tool would have made filling the cakes a lot easier.
  4. Lastly, I think my husband has decided to use a boxed sponge cake instead of homemade batter the next time we make Twinkies.

In conclusion, we have decided that homemade Twinkies are good but we have to give credit to Hostess for making these sweets with perfection. However, don't let this stop you from making a batch. You may just come up with a new and better version!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      This is the sweetest "I love you" that I have seen in a while. You don't just love him, you love him with home-made twinkies! (which look a whole lot more delicious than the ones that I remember. Voted up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These still seem to be better than Twinkies being able to add fruits and sweet potato, wow, love that idea!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      CClitgirl, seems many of us missed those sweet treats. I am glad that they are back on the shelf, not that I eat them; it's just easier to buy than to make. Good to see you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I hadn't had a box of Twinkies in years, but after they made their comeback, I got a box. They were as good as I remembered, but I only eat them once in a great while - you know, so I don't give myself a sugar overdose. Haha.

      Homemade twinkies, though? OMG - can you imagine? You'd be the hit of the party! Haha. I might have to try this just for the "awesomeness" value. :0)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I Agree Suzette, they lack nutrition but have a great taste. Eat only on occasion! It is always good to have you visit.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love this hub, Dianna! Twinkles are so American and this is so appropriate for today. Of, course they are a cholesterol nightmare so it is good of you to share your Twinkie recipe with us. More nutritious . Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Midget, thank you for sharing this again with others. Although, now I want a twinkie and that is not so good! :)

      ChirtangadaraSharan, they are twinkies in the store and if you haven't tried them you should, just for the fun. I don't eat them as a norm but once in long long while I will. Thank you for the visit and comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Looks simple to make and sounds delicious! I think I have seen it at the super markets but did not know it is called twinkle recipes.

      Thanks for sharing the details!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing this again for those craving for a few sweets!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rebecca, it was a fun recipe to make, but we believe it is best made by the orginial factory! But, who knows, we may try it again some time in the future (if it doesn't make a come back!). Be well and safe.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks like a really cool recipe. It would be a great treat around the Holidays, I'll bet. Thanks, teach!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      There are similar treats in Walmart and other department stores, they probably are a good match for twinkies. You learn something new every day! Thanks for coming by and for the support of the topic.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I have been getting Twinkies in my local supermarket. They aren't called twinkies but I forgot what they are now called.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzanne, I totally agree, homemade is much better. I avoid processed foods, but my hubby caves in on occasion. Thanks for coming by and hope your weekend is going well.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I haven't eaten any of this kind of thing for more than 20 years! Store bought confections just taste like air to me. I think the homemade version is probably a real improvement! At least it's not full of chemicals and artificial coloring and whatnot. Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Moms Treasure, I heard that there is a company making negotiations to buy out this company products. Hopefully, we will see them again in the near future. Thanks for your comment and hope that you find a suitable subsitute (glad you liked the recipe!). Enjoy your week.

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      We had a Hostess outlet store close by our house and were very sorry to see them close! I stocked up when they were closing, but now we're down to our last box of Twinkies, so I'll have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lady, the filling is what I miss the most also. Didn't eat them often either, but when I did -- they were good! Thanks for your votes of support. Enjoy your evening.

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      Lady Wolfs 4 years ago

      Twinkies have been around for a long time. I didn't eat them often, but they had the best filling and were a tasty snack. Looks like a great recipe to try for anyone that misses them. You did a wonderful job on this hub.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carla, there are a couple of Twinkie-type cakes at Stores like Walmart. These were good but the filling was best. Probably will use boxed sponge cake recipe next time. Thanks for stopping by here. Hope your evening is going well.

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      I am weird - I loved Twinkies. Does Little Debbie still make their brand. I would think the cake would be like sponge cake. how did they taste? Your husband being the pro.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Robin, they were once a sweet treat -- when I was a small child. I only wish I could enjoy these as much I would love to now. Twinkies in chocolate? I'm there! Thanks for your visit. BE well and strong.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      I am going to bookmark this recipe. Twinkies were a staple in my house growing up. Recently, I saw a place that dipped Twinkies in chocolate, a decadent treat no doubt.

      Now, with the advent of Twinkies being extinct, this recipe will earmark a new decade that will miss its legacy.

      Great hub and tribute.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dwachira, good to hear you are willing to try new things, but then your being in technology proves you are a trendy person. Glad you liked the story and glad you came in for a visit today. I hope your day is going well.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi teaches12345,

      I have never tasted Twinkies but going through the recipe i have a feeling i can try it, if only to have a taste. I liked that story about how Twinkies were introduced to Americans, voted up and more.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Barbara, I have heard the same thing about the buy out of recipes. Let's hope we do see the return soon. Thanks for your visit and support.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I've heard the company is going to bought out and had many offers, so Twinkies will probably be back. I was a big fan, but grew tired of them at some point. I wondered how the different recipes circulating would taste. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ruchira, this will make a nice treat for Christmas. I know some of my family would enjoy it -- you have me thinking. Thanks for the birthday greeting. Be well and safe.

      Kelley, glad you enjoy the idea. Thanks for the support and sharing. Enjoy your day.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Love this! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this idea. Kelley

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Revisiting it again to jot down the ingredients for this recipe. Christmas round the corner...might surprise my kid with this awesome treat :)

      Happy Birthday Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I'm glad I am not the only one not missing twinkies, Jamie. For people like my hubby this recipe will give some comfort. And it does taste good! It was good seeing you here today and I hope your evening is going well.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      WHAAAAt?? Twinkies no longer on the market??!! Where have I been? Thank Goodness you have found a suitable sub.. I sort of gave them up a while back but it's nice to know we can still have something like a Twinkie. I appreciate this recipe.. and will definitely be bookmarking. Even though it may not look as puffy as a Twinkie.. it still looks good to me! Thank you Teaches :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Denise, I think this recipe is a good substitute, but the real thing would be wonderful. I never enjoyed them that much, but others miss them tremendously. I hear you on the union issue, it's a touchy subject with my family as well. Enjoy the recipe and let me know how it turns out with the sponge cake. Enjoy your day.

      PracticalMommy, the recipe takes time more than anything else and this deters many from creating these yummy treats. I would take note of our findings at the end if you try to duplicate the recipe. Hopefully, we will see a return of these cake in stores next year. Take care.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      With the recipe being relatively easy, you would think people would have been making their own for a while now. I like the options to add a variety of fillings.

      Great hub! Sharing, as I'm sure there are many others still interested in making them for the holidays!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dianna-this is the recipe I've been waiting for, ha ha. I knew you and hubby would come up with something to match the need of the public. I think I might try it with the sponge cake box recipe...this version sounds like a lot of work and I'm just not that invested in twinkles. But, I applaud the hub and your creativeness.

      We often had Twinkies in our home growing up, so I was sad when the co. closed and put so many people out of work. The subject of unions is a very touchy subject in my home. Thanks for sharing the recipe and results. Rated up/U/I and will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ishwary, I just heard that Walmart is really pushing their brand of twinkies. I have not tasted these, but others tell me they are very similar. Meanwhile, the homemade type may have to do for many of us twinkie lovers.

      Midget, hope you enjoy them. Be sure to note our "findings" so that your treats are even better.

      Kaili, too funny - yes, they may rise again! It was good news for twinkie lovers.

      Thanks to each of you for your support. Hope your weekend goes wonderfully.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      Financial section in today's paper says Wal-mart and Kroger are among the bidders for assets being sold by bankrupt Hostess brands...so the Twinkie may rise again! (sorry, I couldn't resist that last bit :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious, Dianna. Engaging, and will give these a go! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A tasty & engaging recipe hub! I have not tried Twinkie but heard a lot about it and would like to try the version of this sweet legend. Your homemade version with detailed instructions and handy photos surely make Twinkie fans happy! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kaili, it is amazing how much these treats are missed. Thanks for your sharing -- wow, that is such a great support! I will follow up on the responses to it. You have a wonderful weekend.

      Deborah, I gave up sweets like this years ago, but now I would love to have just one more Twinkie! Funny, you don't miss things until they are gone.

      Justsilvie, you put a bit of laughter into my day with your comment. I knew someone who also kept them under their bed for treats. Thanks for your sharing -- sweet!

      Terrye, I was told that Walgreens also has their own version of this sweet treat. I may have to try one (and only one!), for the memory. Your hubby may just enjoy that box thrown at him -- yum!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I was in Walmart the other day and saw that they have their own version of the Twinkie. Haven't tried them out yet, but if hubby starts whining about not having a twinkie, I just might throw a box at him. :)

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Admit I might have been a closet Twinkie fan... so a recipe is appreciated well done. Voted up and shared!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      teaches awesome recipe.. I use to love twinkles.. but I try not top eat sweets. I will share this on cooking time on Facebook

      Merry Christmas my friend

      Debbie

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      Hello teaches...I tweeted this Twinkie Hub and one of my followers @DoYouRemember (65,407 followers) favorited my tweet...hope you get some traffic as a result :-)

      My tweet:

      @DoYouRemember #foodies If you pine for these little cakes The Homemade Twinkie Recipe Experiment teaches12345.hubpages.com/hub/The-Homema…

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nell, I do believe there are versions of this throughout the world. WE just have to get together and share! THanks for the visit and support. Hope your day is a good one.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I wish there was a yummy vote! lol! we don't have twinkies over here, at least I don't think so, but I am sure we have the same thing only a different name, but who cares? they are there to be eaten whatever the name! lol! great idea, and I want one now!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, always appreciate seeing you. Glad you liked the Twinkie idea.

      RTalloni, Baker's Joy may do the trick. Good idea! Glad you stopped by today. Be safe and well.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Well, I must say that it looks like your husband tweaked the Twinkie recipe just right for us. I wonder if Baker's Joy would be a good solution for the oil vs butter issue. Either way, this would be a delightful treat!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      This is an interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing this. I would be back if I am ready to make it.

      Voted up and more. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Christina, glad you stopped by and that you liked the recipe. You be careful out there. Blessings!

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub, great and wonderful recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us here at Hubpages. Many blessings to you and your family. Regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I saw an ad for Twinkies online for $13.92 for a box of ten. I guess it's reasonable if you really want some. I also heard that a company bought all the recipes and plans to bring them back to market. I too have only had a few in my lifetime, not fond of the sugary results on my body. However, one now and then is a good treat. I do agree that it is a loss of a great American icon. Thanks for your added thoughts here - they are a good conversation starter. Enjoy your week, Victoria. Blessings.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's cool that you made Twinkies! At least your husband knows that he can always enjoy them. I heard that Twinkies are still on the shelves; is that true? I bet someone will buy them out and sell them.

      I've had only a few in my life. No big loss personally, but it's kind of sad if they do go away, just because of the name!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I remember how soft Wonderbread was and it made great sandwiches! Enjoy the Twinkies for me, Magdelene.

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      Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

      ah Twinkies, this is an item that I always thought would be there. Twinkies were a treat we had quite a few times as we were growing up, sometimes packed in our lunch.

      Must admit I haven't had one in many years, but I'm going to have to try out your recipe in the near future. Great Hub Teaches.

      I'm more sad at the loss of Wonder Bread, :-(

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. I do think these treats have a yummy taste -- I just have to limit myself to one. Take care, Vellur. God bless you.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Yummy and delicious - Yummalicious. Awesome recipe. Voted up and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kaili, this recipe provides some relief but I'm sure your husband knows the original Twinkie is hard to match. Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your evening.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi teaches...funny, my hubby and I were talking about Twinkies at lunch today. He grew up closer to the U.S. border than I did, so he had them as a kid while I have never tasted one. I'll refer to your recipe if he ever gets a craving...voted up, tweeted etc. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It will provide some comfort to those who miss the treat and a pleasant experience for those who have never had one. Good seeing you here, Alocsin.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a great recipe for those who miss the American standard. My partner never actually had one, so I'll hand this over to him so he can make one for himself and taste it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzie, thanks for your generous comment and contribution to the topic. Your reflections are great feedback for future posts. These sweet cakes are a loss to many, but perhaps another company will duplicate them for us once again. Enjoy your day!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      I have never had a twinkie as they were not over this side of the pond. I have heard of "twinkies" over the years but actually thought they were completely different!! This is a really interesting, well laid out article and the company info was very interesting to know. They look and sound tasty and definitely something I would like to try!

      Loved your filling suggestions and your honest tips on what could be changed to make better with your findings.

      What a shame this American classic has ceased production but maybe you and your husband have a niche market for the twinkie revival !!

      Votes, shares and pinned for all twinkie fans.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Audrey! I can't imagine why, but they are indeed. My hubby thinks they should have their own museum. Thanks for your visiting here. You take care out there.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for sharing this--I guess I didn't realize that Twinkies were such a big deal!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alica, alas the company has wrapped up and no longer exists. Hopefully, we will the return of it some day.

      Vibe, If you do try to make these note our lessons learned and use actual cake pans for the forms. It is does make yummy cakes.

      Eddy, Thanks for the share and the support. I hope yours turn out better than ours.

      Don, don't know how long these will last but it would be interesting to know how long the real Twinkie takes to fall apart.

      Thanks everyone for your visit here today and for your added thoughts to complete the hub interest.

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      Don Fairchild 4 years ago from Belgrade, ME

      Great Hub, thank you. Now for the real test of your recipe, how long will these Twinkies last wrapped in a plastic bag??? Ha...

      Enjoyed your hub, thank you.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This one I save into my recipe book and will be trying it out very soon.. It is also so interesting and I vote up up and away!!! Plus share of course.!!!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Now I know how to make my own Twinkies, thanks to your hub. It will definitely make up for the loss of the beloved snack. :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I didn't know that the Hostess Brands company no longer exists. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the photos, Dianna. I didn't eat Twinkies very often, but I did like them. It's very nice to know that I can make Twinkies at home if another company doesn't make them!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Good reflection, Christy. It was like being a kid again! Thanks for commenting and your support. I hope your day was a good one.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a neat idea to make your own Twinkies! Such a cool idea. I bet it is hard to completely replicate the originals. They remind me of being a kid :) Vote up and awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Linda, it is a little saddening to hear how this company no longer exists. Even though, I didn't like the treats, many did and they no longer have the enjoyment of eating them with pleasure.

      Glimmer, I did hear that someone purchased the recipes and is planning on bringing them back. This would be a great surprise to your husband is he enjoys Twinkies.

      Donnah, great idea! A cupcake pan would make this treat a really good visual option.

      Thanks for your visit here and your contribution to the topic. Enjoy your week, friends.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great idea! I might try this using a cupcake pan. I wonder how much sellers actually got for a box on eBay.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm hoping twinkies make a comeback only because of their incredible shelf life due to preservative (just kidding). May just have to surprise my husband with these one night after work. Thanks for the recipe.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I've never been a big fan of Twinkies, but it saddened me to hear they might be gone forever. Your recipe is a lasting (and much healthier) tribute to this Hostess snack cake! Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have to admit that the Ding Dongs were a very creamy delight. The chocolate coating was so wonderful! So sorry for your loss (and mine! )

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh Teaches, you have saved several from mourning the Twinkie for years to come. I know how your husband feels. I made my husband rush out and scour the town. He brought back a two pack of Ding Dongs. I ate them slowly and nearly teared up when thinking about them being the last I would ever eat. LOL Really, I am serious!

      Thanks for sharing this cherished recipe!! :-) Votes and shares!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mhatter, I imagine the kit would make pretty good duplicates. Got to check that one out. Thanks for stopping in here. Blessings!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      We have the kit, but your recipe should still work. Thanks

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Drbj, even I am looking forward to sampling the new Twinkie.

      Ruchira, they are a rare treat.

      I appreciate your visits today. I hope your week is going well.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I had a Twinkie once and loved it. I might give this recipe a try.

      Thanks dianna.

      Many votes and sharing it across.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Out with the old and in with the new. Anxious to try the new Twinkie as soon as they are re-introduced. Don't think that all those job-less bakery workers feel the same way though.

      Thanks for the recipe, Dianna.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It looks like we have a lot of fellow twinkie lovers here. Good to know. I just heard that a company has bought the recipes and may be putting them back on the market again. This is a great "hello!" for those who miss them.

      This recipe does contain quality ingredients, you can substitute with organic/natural to make it even better! As I mentioned, I'm not a fan of these type of treats but I am not opposed to eating one once in a blue moon.

      Thanks to each of you for stopping by here to comment and contribute to this conversation. Take care and enjoy our week. God bless you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I noticed that your ingredients don't contain the same ingredients used in hair gel or the sticky part of an envelope which is in the Twinkies recipe. I would prefer your cakes over the Hostess cake. I haven't eaten a Twinkie in years, I'm a Ding-Dong kinda girl. Fab hub Dianna and hubby! :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dianna, I loved twinkies whenever I was in the States; we could not get them in the UK but we have all kinds of similar cakes over here. I think you might be onto something with this article :o) People will definitely be trying to make them for themselves.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I loved twinkies! We had another version made in cupcake form known as "kiss". That too is off the market. I really miss them. You are so brave to attempt this.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      teaches, thanks for the recipe.! I haven't had a twinkie for a while (got to watch my weight) :)) but With milk and acouple of twinkies it is the best way to finish off dinner.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I have never tried Twinkies before and I guess it must be nice to have so many fans! I like the way you present the topic and your final analysis and conclusion. As always, a great hub from an AP graduate! Congrats.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Considering all the news about this, this hub should do quite well. I don't remember the last time I had a Twinkie; I do love them, but I think I outgrew them. Well done Dianna!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      It's 'Howdy Doody' time! Love this hub! I am so glad you got it done! Your husband didn't save us any...lol! Great read, brings back childhood memories! I am pinning this to share the recipe!!! Woot!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome and thanks for sharing here. I think I shed a tear when I did hear Hostess was no more and did have some very fond memories of eating their stuff as a kid. But just like everything, all good things must come to an. I do love though that you tried to make your own Twinkies and your recipe and tips look amazing. Have of course voted up a ton and shared all over as always!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have to say I have never had a twinkie...I am in awe of you attempting to copy them. After all you need to have a happy husband. I am not sad they are gone but sad that a landmark product that has been here for so many years is gone. Great hub as always. Voting Up even though I don't eat twinkies.