From my collection of old newspaper and magazine clippings. Woman’s Day 2/17/04
How many of you remember Hostess Twinkies. My mother rarely ever put store-bought treats in our lunches, but once every blue moon, we’d get a Hostess Twinkies. And to me, as a kid, that was way, way better than my mom’s fabulous homemade cookies. I don’t know why.
That was a special day.
Around since 1930, and in deep peril in 2012, Twinkies have — so far — survived. When Twinkies’ parent company couldn’t agree on contract negotiations with its employees, it seemed it was the end of the world.
Tonight’s special dessert is just in time for Valentine’s Day and oh-so-easy to make. This recipe appeared in the February 17, 2004 edition of Woman’s Day magazine. Not so long ago.
3 tbsp. raspberry jam, some fresh raspberries, and — of course — Twinkies.
- Stir the 3 tbsp. of jam with 1 tbsp. of water until smooth. Then toss in some fresh raspberries and stir gently until they are coated.
- Cut Twinkies in half diagonally, starting about 1-inch down from the top left across to 1-inch from bottom of opposite side.
- For each heart, put two sides together on your serving plate. Spoon raspberry mixture over and around the hearts.
How cute is this? Your kids could help you.
As you’re eating this sweet little delight, did you know…
- The first Twinkies were baked in 1930 by James Alexander Dewar of Illinois, who injected his spongey cake with banana-flavored cream. Rationing during WWII changed all of that and the banana flavor had to be changed to vanilla.
- In 1979, lawyers for Dan White, a former San Francisco police officer, put forward the Twinkies Defense during his trial for shooting Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. After lawyers alleged that junk foods had curdled White’s brain, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. It was an awkward time for cream-filled snacks.
- People spread rumors that Twinkies were actually part zombie, alleging that the snack could live for up to 100-years and still be edible. (The truth is that a Twinkies keep for about 25-days.)
- By 2004, vendors at county fairs around America started deep-frying foods that were already kind of bad for people. Naturally, the deep-fried Twinkies remains a crowd-pleaser.