Look What’s Inside a Twinkie!

On this blog, Twinkies get a bad rap. But, as far as I’m concerned, they’ve earned every bit of criticism they get.

In fact, one of my favorite nutrition quotes is as follows:

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.

For those of you luck enough to be unfamiliar with Twinkies, they’re a popular American snack cake made by Hostess Brands. The box describes the processed food as a “golden snack cake with a creamy filling.”

So why is there so little love for this popular snack food? Take a look at what’s inside:

The ingredients are far from mouth-watering. And it seems like consumers are catching on. In January of 2012, Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to Hostess, customers are opting for healthier foods.

If Twinkies become a casualty of our healthier diets, I – for one – won’t be shedding any tears. Will you?

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Comments

  1. So few gays today appreciate that ‘twinkie’ is the origin of ‘twink’: tanned/blond, full of ‘creme’, but essentially empty calories. They actually think the label is a compliment!

  2. Charley says:

    Would you believe that in certain benighted parts of the U.S. (read red states) DEEP FRIED Twinkies are considered a delicacy?

    And per the previous comment, give me one of those twinks anytime.

  3. That’s the insides of a Twinkie? Now I know why they taste so revolting…

  4. OH BOY!!, THERES NOTHING REAL IN THEM???

    Its good i dont use to eat that trash, there isnt even cream or poder milk at least for the filling, just a mixture that resembles whipped cream, the only real is the fat and eggs, and sometimes may as well use vegetable origin fat. Hope this “food” is just a fase in human cookery and disapears in oblivion

  5. GadgetComa says:

    But, without the Twinkie, how would Homer Simpson save Sprinfield after the disaster of Y2K?

    Give me a bowl of fresh strawberries over that artificial crap any day.

    My childhood may miss Hostess, but … good riddance.

  6. I actually do enjoy a Twinkie…about twice a year. They’re certainly not something I’d choose to dine on on a regular basis.

  7. Did you hear about the college study of a man that lived on a twinkie diet for 30 days and who’s health was kept in perfection, and also lost weight! It’s all about balance, he said.

  8. Meh. After taking food science classes these just look like your run of the mill food ingredients. And the first four ingredients in the “plus all of these” Part are actually important B vitamins that have to be in all foods that contain flour.

  9. i took a class in college on resource usage in the US, and the very first example the professor used was a box of twinkies. after she explained what was in them, i’ve refused to eat them ever since!

  10. Looks like some kind of witchcraftery recipe of some kind of potion…

  11. And Less we forget these little Snack KILLers were used a defense for Dan White , the man who killed Harvey MILK and Mayor Moscone. This alone should still be keeping every Human from ever consuming them …Just sayin

  12. christopher says:

    these Twinkies are very bad for you-we know this to be the case-and forget about Tastykakes-another concoction similar to Twinkies.anyone from Philadelphia knows what i mean.

  13. Well @Christopher, you can resume all similar products with a simple frase: “IT’S A TRAP”

  14. We don’t have Twinkies over here, so I won’t be shedding tears ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. This is a really interesting read on the ingredients that go into making twinkies and where they come from.

    http://www.twinkiedeconstructed.com

  16. WereGrouch says:

    My children, after watching the movie “Zombieland,” begged to try Twinkies. I bought a box for them. They tore into to wrapper, took a bite, chewed a moment, then spit it out. Neither child would swallow that processed confection, and that was before they read the ingredients.

  17. I used to LOVE twinkies as a kid and a few years back, saw a package, remembered what they tasted like and bought it. I totally ruined that memory! It was like biting into a greaseball full of chemicals!!! Absolutely gross!!! Haven’t had one since.

  18. Michael says:

    It’s not just you Americans who need worry! Even here in London, less than 3,500 miles of Atlantic Ocean separates us from Twinkies.

  19. First time Ive ever actually seen one. Hear about them all the time on US shows. They look rancid to be honest!

  20. @christopher

    SACRILEGE! Tastycakes are manna! ๐Ÿ™‚ The chocolate in them obliterates most (not all) of the chemical taste.

    BTW, at my first job, a woman there had a pack of twinkies and a (diet) Coke for breakfast most mornings. Grossed me out every time.

  21. @Matt, my father did that too, chocolate twinky and coke, it embarassed me everytime, now he has diabetes fase 2 with a permanent need for injected insulin

  22. I thought twinkies were the most disgusting thing i’d ever tasted before and now I’m glad i never partook in eating those horrible things! Thanks for the info Davey, have a great day and week! Keep up the good work!