Twinkie twinkie how moist you are

Image by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

Image by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

CRAVINGS often get the better of us whether it is for food, gizmos or gadgets. The cravings occur even if you aren’t pregnant. I have a recurring craving and one that I must satisfy when I travel to the United States. My readers may not know what the heck I’m talking about when I mention a Hostess Twinkie. The Hostess Twinkie is a soft cake like snack that was invented back in 1930. It is hard to describe and since I don’t have my own photo I’m using one from Wikipedia where you can find out the full history of the Hostess Twinkie.

I was recently back to Toronto, Canada and when¬†I decided to have a road trip to Niagara Falls with the family and I knew I could get myself some Twinkies. I got me some and I even picked up some Ho-Ho’s, but that is another story. ūüėȬ† Box of Twinkies in hand and back to Toronto where I indulged in two or was it three servings (not in one sitting which I could have done). I had planned on packing some or all of the balance back to Singapore with me but in the confusion of packing, weighing and shuffling all the stuff we bought,¬†the balance from the box¬†was left behind. :(

Back in Singapore I got the craving again and even tweeted about it only to be teased by my brother and sister that they were eating the balance for me. Ugh! With the urge and encouragement from a friend, it occured to me that I may be able to find a suitable replacement or originals in Singapore.

A few days of visiting the local supermarkets and tuck shops eventually yielded a ‘look-a-like’. The name even reflected that it was a copy.

Introducing the Gardenia Twiggie

Vanilla and Chocolate Twiggies

Vanilla and Chocolate Twiggies

The product looks pretty close to the original. The only way to truly appreciate the Twiggie versus the Twinkie is in the taste test.

Here is what it looks like out of the wrapper. Take note of an expiry date on the wrapper. There is an urban legend that Twinkies would never ever spoil and it would make the perfect bomb-shelter food. You can understand why they became very popular in during the Cold-War period when families all had their own personal bomb shelters.

The reason why people¬†believed¬†that the Twinkie could last indefinately is due to the fact that it¬†does not contain any dairy products. Gasp! So,¬†what is making up the cream if it isn’t dairy and how can a cake be baked without milk?

Let’s take a look insde at the cream¬†and the texture of the cake of the Twiggie. Looks pretty similar to the Twinkie pictured above huh.

Cream Filled Twiggie

Cream Filled Twiggie

 
Wanna see even closer?¬† Sorry didn’t have a Macro lens available when I packed camera gear for the roadtrip.

Cream Filled Twiggie

Cream Filled Twiggie

The Twiggie comes close to the original Twinkie. I’m no food expert (this isn’t a food blog) so it is difficult to articulate the exact taste differences.¬†The one thing that I can¬†comment on is that the Twiggie’s cake is soft but overall not as moist as the original Twinkies. The cream is about the same.

Good aroma and soft but still firm enough to enjoy that first bite.

If you are looking for Hostess Twinkies in Singapore but not able to find them in the supermarkets (I bought my Twiggies from NTUC Fairprice) try the Twiggie you may just satisfy the same craving I have once in a while. If you are an American or someone familiar with the Hostess Twinkie and you know a shop in Singapore that is importing Hostess Twinkies do drop me a note so I can update my blog.

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