Ring Ring - (Fake Russian accent). "I have twinkies. . you have moose and squirrel?"
Midwest Chick and Mr. B. had scored six packages of my favorite Hostess treats, while I snagged them the very last box of Twinkies from my local store when the news broke that Hostess was going out of business. We met to take Barkley for a walk and to make a trade. Yay! But those are probably the last of them.
But, while the dust settles on whether someone will resurrect the recipes, we may have to go into plan B for some treats. Unfortunately, most of the other brands "knock off" recipes for similar products just aren't the same.
For those nostalgic Hostess deprived readers, HOTR presents.
Ding Dongs for Adults
With coffee laced chocolate cake and creamy filling, coated with rum infused dark chocolate ganache.
As a kid, my school lunches were almost always the same. A peanut butter and jelly or honey sandwich. Carrot sticks. An apple. Money for a little carton of milk (and on occassion, also an ice cream bar) and a couple of homemade cookies or a foil wrapped Ding Dong. The Hostess brand got its start in Indianapolis in 1925 but the Ding Dong didn't appear until 1967. They were known on the East coast as Big Wheels, to avoid confusion with the Ring Ding, a tasty and smiliar snack by Drake's Cakes that had come out first. The two companies consolidated 20 years later, resolving the whole Ring Ding/Dink Dong Debacle for a while anyway, though I think they later split apart.. The Hostess product will be remembered as Ding Dongs throughout the US (though it was not the same without the foil wrapper, don't ask me why). In Canada it's the King Don.
Homemade, it's a treat the child in any of us would love.
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