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Old 12-04-2018, 12:39 PM   #21
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I was a Suzy Q's fan back in the day. Used to love licking that cream filling off the inside of the cello pack!
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Second that on the Suzy Q's. Bought some recently and told DW that it was like eating air. No satisfying denseness to the cake and the filling was not smooth and creamy any longer.

I'm a chocoholic and self-proclaimed expert on Hostess products. All of their chocolate products have gone downhill. I still enjoy the chocolate Twinkies. I called Hostess a couple of years ago and the customer service rep said that the current Ho Ho's recipe is identical to the pre-bankruptcy one. I don't believe it. Their chocolate cupcakes (with the squiggle) are passable.
But the biggest crime is what they did to my beloved Suzy Q's. Nowhere close to the original. I went into a state of mourning after I ate one of those tasteless new ones.

I don't know if they're just in the Northeast, but TastyKake makes a great chocolate cupcake, called Chocolate Bells. They're now my go-to for my chocolate fix.
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Not nearly a national brand but when the Hubig's factory burnt a few years ago many of us cried.
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I ate them years ago. Not sure when I quit. My desire for those kind of treats have declined in my old age. I still have a sweet tooth, but no desire for Hostess type cakes.
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:30 PM   #24
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But the biggest crime is what they did to my beloved Suzy Q's. Nowhere close to the original. I went into a state of mourning after I ate one of those tasteless new ones.
I'm bummed to hear this about Suzy Q's. Haven't had any for about 40 years now. Thanks Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co (private equity firm and current owners of the Hostess brands) for crapping on one of my childhood indulgences.
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Thanks I've seen this before. After watching my DM with dementia it's a frightening thought.

It's odd in that early in life it took a while for me to notice losing my smell for certain things.

When I was 21 I worked in a walnut sawmill, took years to notice losing the smell. At age 59, we moved to a town with hot springs and after a week I can no longer smell them.
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Orange Hostess Cupcakes = part of the 4 Food Group.

1. Cream Filling
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I have not found a replacement for Hostess fruit pies yet.
The closest I've found to what Hostess pies used to be are from JJ's. https://www.jjsbakery.net/ I first found them at a little general store on the way to town. They tend to carry a more diverse selection of products than the supermarkets. Our local Safeway carried them for a while but they seemed to stop carrying them. I love the apple pies.

The last time I had a Hostess fruit pie there was hardly any fruit in the filling and there was just something odd about the crust. Very disappointing, I used to love those back in high school.
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recall the taste changing for the worse around the time trans fats were vilified and removed.
That could be, but I would think the smaller brands would have eliminated trans fats too and they taste fine.

Even the cheap store brands taste better than Hostess now, they just don't have much filling in them.

Ironically, I think the Hostess products seem more "artificial" now. I can't really describe it, there's just a weird texture and bland flavor. I suppose that's a good thing as it deters me from buying them as often.
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I think Bimbo purchased them (could be wrong) who's the largest bakery company in the world.
I had never heard of Bimbo until we went on vacation to Puerto Vallarta several years ago. We followed several delivery trucks with a little dough boy character and "Bimbo, Bimbo, Bimbo" written all over the truck.

Back home "Bimbo" has a different meaning, so we got a good laugh over it.
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Per Google.............
Your sense of smell and taste change as you age. Between the ages of 40 and 50, the number of taste buds decreases, and the rest begin to shrink, losing mass vital to their operation. After age 60, you may begin to lose the ability to distinguish the taste of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter foods.
I just turned 55 and have not noticed any change in tastes or smells. Of course, I have acquired an appreciation for some foods I disliked when I was younger.

We still have recipes for meals we made often when we were first married. We didn't have much money, so we made a lot of stuff with hamburger, boxed macaroni dinners, etc. Occasionally we'll make one of those meals again for sentimental reasons and are amazed how unappetizing they taste now. I guess we have a more sophisticated palate in our old age.
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I agree. Wheat Thins became boring, and even Triscuits lost their appeal.

Probably for the better, as salty crackers aren't good for me anyway

And I can't,any longer, stomach the fake "cream" in the cellophane-wrapped baked treats.

Lest anyone accuse me of snack-virtue signaling, I more than make up for it by making our own baked goods, from scratch, with butter and double-strength vanilla. The fewest artificial ingredients I can manage (some will always creep in there).

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We still have recipes for meals we made often when we were first married. We didn't have much money, so we made a lot of stuff with hamburger, boxed macaroni dinners, etc. Occasionally we'll make one of those meals again for sentimental reasons and are amazed how unappetizing they taste now. I guess we have a more sophisticated palate in our old age.

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I have never had a Hostess product .I grew up with tasty cake treats but I have not had one in years .I just am not crazy about dessert especially desserts that have a shelf life of infinity & beyond .
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I also recall these fresh baked desserts as a kid.
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The shelf life is very limited, so trucks are always visiting stores to retrieve what's expired.
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I have never had a Hostess product .I grew up with tasty cake treats but I have not had one in years .I just am not crazy about dessert especially desserts that have a shelf life of infinity & beyond .
I recall those pink snowballs. A guy a Megacorp had peeled the cake out and let the coconut and icing gook dry out. He kept it on his desk for years, the damn thing really didn't change! Yum..
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Ironically, I think the Hostess products seem more "artificial" now. I can't really describe it, there's just a weird texture and bland flavor.
A while back we went to a talk with a registered dietician and as part of her talk she passed around a package of some vending machine-type cupcakes (I don't remember if they were specifically Hostess brand) that was about ten years old. The point of doing this was that because of the large number of preservatives in the food it was still safe to eat!

The larger point of her talk was to look at the list of ingredients; if you don't know what it is and/or can't spell it, don't eat it.

So this may be what changed with the cupcakes. I was never a huge fan of those anyway, I'm a Twinkies guy myself.
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There used to be a readily available product that made Hostess snack cakes and the like taste a lot better back in the day. I think it's available in Colorado, and California, and....
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Way back, I remember enjoying a hostess product. But that was more than 30 years ago. The thing I did persist in having, occasionally, was an Oreo.

Now those have definitely changed!

It has to be the trans fat. They had the dual benefit of being super stable with long shelf life, and having a great mouth feel to them. The new Oreo icing doesn't melt away like the old. Has to be the fat.

Now back to the low carb thread.
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