Skip to comments.(Post-Twinkie Apocalypse) A Guide to Making Your Own Twinkies
Posted on 11/17/2012 10:20:49 AM PST by DogByte6RER
Top Secret Recipes Version of the Hostess Twinkie
The Twinkie was invented in 1930 by the late James A. Dewar, then the Chicago-area regional manager of Continental Baking Company, the parent corporation behind the Hostess trademark. At the time, Continental made "Little Short Cake Fingers" only during the six-week strawberry season, and Dewar realized that the aluminum pans in which the cakes were baked sat idle the rest of the year. He came up with the idea of injecting the little cakes with a creamy filling to make them a year-round product and decided to charge a nickel for a package of two.
But Dewar couldn't come up with a catchy name for the treat - that is, until he set out on a business trip to St. Louis. Along the road he saw a sign for Twinkle Toe Shoes, and the name Twinkies evolved. Sales took off, and Dewar reportedly ate two Twinkies every day for much of his life. He died in 1985.
The spongy treat has evolved into an American phenomenon, from which nearly everyone has slurped the creamy center. Today the Twinkie is Continental's top Hostess-line seller, with the injection machines filling as many as 52,000 every hour.
You will need a spice bottle, approximately the size of a Twinkie, ten 12 x 14 -inch pieces of aluminum foil, a cake decorator or pastry bag, and a chopstick.
4 egg whites
one 16-ounce box golden pound cake mix
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons very hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups marshmallow creme (one 7-ounce jar)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (See Tidbits)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Fold each piece of aluminum foil in half twice. Wrap the folded foil around the spice bottle to create a mold. Leave the top of the mold open for pouring in the batter. Make ten of these molds and arrange them on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan. Grease the inside of each mold with a light coating of nonstick spray.
3. Disregard the directions on the box of cake mix. Instead, beat the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl combine cake mix with water, and beat until thoroughly blended (about 2 minutes). Fold egg whites into the cake batter and slowly combine until completely mixed.
4. Pour the batter into the molds, filling each one about 3/4 of an inch. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
5. For the filling, combine the salt with the hot water in a small bowl and stir until salt is dissolved. Let this mixture cool.
6. Combine the marshmallow creme, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl and mix well with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy.
7. Add the salt solution to the filling mixture and combine.
8. When the cakes are done and cooled, use a skewer or chopstick to make three holes in the bottom of each one. Move the stick around inside of each cake to create space for the filling.
9. Using a cake decorator or pastry bag, inject each cake with filling through all three holes.
Honestly, I’ve always craved Twinkies, but once I eat one, they have always tasted like they were loaded with chemicals and I’d just feel very disappointed after eating one.
Some enterprising capitalist really should bring the back an even BETTER tasting, less chemically enhanced Twinkie, ala capitalist production style (sans union), and possibly make a million bucks ....or more. Re-hire all the union people who never GOT a chance to vote, or make THEIR voices heard ...and go to town.
I agree with you! Bring them back only better. I think it is a nostalgia thing with many of us. I hate to see them disappear because of that. I have craved them occasionally too. Sad the state we have come to.
Twinkies are not so unique as all that.
Made in America in a non-union factory.
Your tombstone is cute but I gotta disagree with the epitaph. It should say, “Loved by ALL, died after a long battle with self-centered, greedy union bastards.”
The Daddy Longlegs is a nice touch. Bet it liked Twinkies too :)
I cemented my status as a redneck by going to the nearby Hostess Outlet store and waiting in line to get some goodies. The gal in front of me had the last box of Ding Dongs and if I had realized in time she was buying her entire cart load with a food stamp card, I would have grabbed them!
James Alexander Dewar (February 5, 1897 June 30, 1985) was the inventor of the Twinkie, killer of millions.
I think the ingredients have changed significantly sine the 50’s. Cane sugar —> HFCS, etc.
I think the ingredients have changed significantly since the 50’s. Cane sugar —> HFCS, etc.
Kinda like those semi-soft orange marshmallow peanuts that show up around Easter time (What orange peanuts have to do with Easter is a mystery to me). Every year I see them, and perhaps prompted by some childhood remembrance, I buy them... I eat three or four out of the bag, and then mid-way to the mouth with the next one, the gag reflex kicks in, and I need no more at all till next year...
McDonald's 'food' has much the same effect... but over a longer time frame... LOVE IT... Can't get enough... for about three months... then again, mid-way through a Big Mac... !GAG!... no more for a year or two...
I am not a Twinkie fan... Hostess's demise will do little to me, except for pink Snowballs (which since my teens have been referred to by a rather bawdy nickname), and their crappy glazed doughnuts which I personally like better than almost any other doughnut with morning coffee. But even those are a small loss - I really should be supporting my local baker anyhoo... And an apple fritter or bear-claw will do nicely.
They had a great shelf life. Best if eaten within 12 years (25 if wrapper still intact).
Not gonna miss Hostess and their inappropriately named snack cakes - Twinkies, Ho Ho’s and Ding Dongs.
There is a tremendous opportunity in making our favorites the right way ,,, Oreo cookies stink compared to the discontinued Hydrox ... Chips Ahoy cookies are always undercooked and lacking in brown sugar no matter the bakery ,, twinkies can be made and made better also ...
I would love to open a bakery in NYC ,, where the money is ,, using Ebbingers recipes .. they closed because of stupidity ,, opened too many outlets and got caught up in debt ,, but they had the absolute best product.
I'm going to add some fruit to the cake and juice to the creme.
My kids love Zingers and Twinkies...
I haven’t had a twinkie in at least 40 or 50 years, if then. I think I had ONE. And I haven’t had any Wonderbread since my mother fed it to me when I was a kid.
Still, this is a real shame.
We all have our unique taste preferences.
I never could stand Little Debbie. I think I tried one of their cakes once. I feel the same about Tastykake. They’re truly horrendous.
I think I’m about to test many different ersatz Twinkie recipes...
And when the factory cooks brownies everyone in NW Arkansas gains five pounds just from the smell! Heavenly!
Yep, the Gentry area is one of the nicest spots on the planet.
I guess this will have to do until an act of god brings back the originals.
Given birth by capitalism.
Murdered by socialism.
Twinkies are barely sold in the UK and Ireland/Europe.
You usually have to buy them from specialist American food stores here.
I might upset people here, but I have never seen the fuss. Like most Limeys who have tried them, I was seriously underwhelmed. I can eat much better British cakes/snacks every day.
Imagine an era when people were concerned that aluminum pans were sitting idle. Today we could care less that people sit idle all year.