Hostess Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies Review

November 2012 will forever live in our memories as one of the most tragic, shocking and downright depressing times for Americans.  While store fronts are putting up holiday decorations, kids are excitedly writing letters to Santa, and a beautiful blanket of sparkling snow was covering the country, something sinister was happening in Kansas City, Missouri.  Hostess went bankrupt.

I’ll give you a minute to reflect and get yourself together.

Then, magic happened.  About six months later – we’re told that Hostess is BACK! No more hoarding boxes of Ding Dongs and Snowballs to sell on eBay 20 years later for big profit!  They are back, and better than ever this time. Twinkies rose from the ashes like a great Phoenix from the fire.  In fact, since then, Hostess has consistently rolled out some amazing new, delicious products with gusto. Not even a zombie apocalypse could keep the classic Twinkie down.

One of the latest creations of Hostess is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies. Rarely has a company turned out such a classic combination of sweet flavors, only to bomb their product.  It’s hard to mess up something as simple and chocolate and peanut butter.

The first thing I noticed was that these Twinkies are made with “real peanut butter.”  Well, good.  With only two main flavor ingredients, surely you don’t need to skimp on one of them.  And, after skimming the ingredients – they include cocoa, as well.  Surely there is no possibly way to mess these up, right?

As soon as I opened one of the individually wrapped packages, I could smell that super sweet chocolate.  It actually smells warm and gooey, which is pretty amazing, unless I let the Twinkies sit in my car here in Texas when it’s 110 degrees outside.

I looked at the bottom of my chocolatey Twinkie and saw that little holes (3 of them) where they insert the cream filling and realized right then – will there be enough peanut butter in these to properly format the correct chocolate to peanut butter ratio??  Three holes doesn’t allot for much peanut butter to be squirted inside.

My first bite was chocolately, soft and even included a little bit of peanut butter.  That classic moistness that Hostess gives their Twinkies is ever present, so it’s like a chocolate spongecake.  But I didn’t taste the peanut butter at all.

Another bite down, and I’m struggling to find the nutty flavor of the mighty peanut. I was anticipating something like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in Twinkie form, but sadly, I was wrong.  By now, I’m getting frustrated, so I poke my finger inside and scoop out some of the peanut butter cream to taste on its own.  Note that on the box, the Twinkies look like they are filled with about a quarter inch of chocolate surrounding the peanut butter.  In reality, you get about a quarter inch of peanut butter.

Now, I’m a peanut butter kinda gal.  I love the sweet and salty combination and am well versed with the flavor of peanut butter, due to a childhood of PB&J sandwiches.  I know peanut butter pretty well, and this stuff is NOT peanut butter.  Even by eating just the filling, I still couldn’t taste peanut butter.  It’s creamy and sweet – but there is no peanut butter flavor at all.

I’m a little disappointed, a little heart broken and a little pissed off at Hostess for not being able to deliver on this product.  Are they good?  YES!  The chocolate spongey cake is really tasty and goes great with a glass of super cold milk!  But if you’re looking for that all-American chocolate and peanut butter duo, skip these Twinkies and grab a Reese’s.  Better yet, dunk a Hershey Bar into a jar of peanut butter.  You’ll be more satisfied and probably spend the same amount of cash on those, as you would a box of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkies.

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When I'm not stuffing my face with salty treats made of pure carbohydrates, I'm working out and trying to sweat out the excessive calories I ate.  I live in Dallas, Texas and absolutely love it.  This is the state that fries everything, serves 2 pound chicken fried steak dinners with at least 2 sides that are beautiful, tan and delicious. I eat tacos with ketchup, consider wine and popcorn a meal, put bacon on everything and will slap a fool if he asks for a bite of my beef jerky.


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