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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hostess Review & Giveaway: Don’t Mess with My Donettes!


When I was contacted to do a Hostess® Donettes® and Twinkie® review I whooped and pumped my fist in the air. Oh yeah! They had no way of knowing, but I am Donettes’ #1 fan. A special breakfast tray of Donettes is delivered to my bed every Mother’s Day and birthday, I am that big of a fan. A little side of bacon and some strong coffee and who needs anything else? I’m not even kidding, see my previous bloggy mentions of Donettes along with vintage family pics here, here, here, here, and here. Ah, good times.

But then they threw a monkey wrench into the review, telling me I was to review this new flavor of Donettes – Frosted Devil’s Food. Say what?! New?! (Have I mentioned before that I react very poorly to change? It’s true, ask TubaDad, I’m so change-resistant it’s laughable, especially for a mom of twins.) Fine, whatever... I bought the new bags of Donettes and then sat down and stared at them kind of grumpily...
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And then I tasted them. Oh my. It was a little shocking. I still cannot believe I am saying this but I --  the world’s biggest original Donettes fan – not only liked the new Frosted Devil’s Food Donettes® flavor, I actually preferred it. Yeah Hostess, I guess you proved that you really CAN mess with my Donettes after all. Kudos. Anyhow, these yummy little breakfast bites now come in Original, Frosted Devil’s Food (which you really should try), and Powdered Sugar flavors. Something for everyone, even a no-change freak like me.

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Hostess has also tinkered with its original Twinkie® product, offering limited-release Chocolate Crème Twinkies. Basically the standard Twinkie sponge cake has chocolate crème filling on the inside. I looked high and low to be able to let you know what I thought of this new flavor, but couldn’t find them in any stores near me, dang it. Then my husband found them on a business trip and smushed them into his carry-on so I could fulfill my bloggerly duties. Heh. I ripped into the package expecting to adore the new flavor, but to be honest I didn’t really like it. I’d love to hear what anyone else thinks if you’ve tried them.

So there you have it, a positive Hostess Frosted Devil’s Food Donettes review from the last person you might expect to embrace donutty change. And if this wasn’t momentous enough (heh heh), Hostess and BlogHer are also giving you the opportunity to win a $100 Visa gift card. To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment below using this form telling me about a favorite or funny memory you have involving any of the Hostess treats like Twinkies®, HoHos®, DingDongs®, SnoBalls®, SuzyQs®, Donettes®, etc. Important: Must use this form to enter, do not leave a blog post comment or your entry will not be counted.


If you’d like to read the entries so far (and they are funny!), view the spreadsheet.
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstake runs from 2/29/12 - 3/31/12.
Be sure to visit the Promotions & Prizes page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

UPDATE ON 4/5/12 – WINNER CHOSEN:
BlogHer has drawn the winner of this contest. Congratulations to Sunshyn V with the comment: “My favorite Hostess memory is how I used to like to separate each portion of the Hostess Cupcakes before messily consuming them. I'd take the top off and remove the portion with the white squiggley, then I'd break the cake and lick out the cream, eat the cake and then eat the chocolate topping. Only then would I eat the chocolate piece with the squiggley.”

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/01/2012

    I just finished watching the fabulous movie Forks Over Knives and was wrapping my head around and embracing a new way of eating and then I read your story about the new devil's food cake donettes. Dang.

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    1. Ha! I hear ya. I've heard about that movie from friends but frankly am scared to watch it because it might turn me off of every single thing I like to eat... :-)

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    2. Anonymous3/01/2012

      It is an incredible movie and has influenced my eating habits. I gave up sugar on January 1 and gave up dairy 2 weeks ago and feel so much better. My energy level has skyrocketed and my clothes are looser, which is always nice. I still have temptations so when I read about the "new" Donettes I want to try them, at least at the moment. I am surprised that I do not miss sugar or dairy. I love chicken so I am not sure I could go entirely plant-based but I am going to try it for 2 weeks and see how I feel.

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    3. I have not seen the movie but some years ago there was a program on tv 'you are what you eat', and a book from the presentor of the series. It's all about eating fresh food, lots of vegetables and fruits and after just 3 days you have an incredible energylevel! We visit my inlaws about every month; a 1,5 h. drive and I used to nap in the car. After eating this way for just a week we got in the car and I could not sleep! I was puzzled at first, but then I realized THIS is what is supposed to happen :), not falling asleep. Really gave me the insight that our normal diet does not provide enough nutrition.

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  2. Those Donettes sound ah-ma-zing! Will add them to my shopping list!

    You my friend, dislike change? Oh yah....I remember being picked up at the airport by a bewildered TubaDad after he returned your Mac to the store. ;o)

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    1. Hee! Ah yes, I remember that well. Next time you're here check out what versions of Word, Excel, and Photoshop I'm running. You can imagine the pain it causes TubaDad when I don't allow him to update the software for YEARS because I like things the way they are.

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  3. I remember my brother always getting Twinkies in his lunchbox but I never did (he was skinny, me not so much). I guess it's not a funny story, but it's the memory of wanting those Twinkies so bad that tortured me as a child. LOL.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    1. No way, that would have killed me! Or set off a sibling world war.

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    1. Mami2jcn, I moved your tweet over to the form so you'll get another entry for it, so I'm deleting it here.

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  5. OKay. Pretty funny that this is your post. We bought last night the green snowballs in honor of St. Patricks. Alex loved them. Maylin wasn't quiet sure. Her first bite came with a gross. A couple of minutes later she yelled, "Hey that was good. I need another bite."

    We have lots of chocolate filled Twinkes in our stores. I bought some and they are still in the freezer. We didn't like them.

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    1. Hm, didn't even know they had green snowballs!!! Now you know they're going to have to make an appearance in the girls' lunches.

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    2. The best memory I have is my mom getting us all a snowball for each holiday. I am excited to start that tradition with my son this St. Patty's Day.

      I'm like you - I take to change kicking and screaming.

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  6. My favorite memory of Hostess cupcakes was eating them with my brother when we were little. We both use to break them in half and eat the cream first.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  7. My favorite Hostess memory is watching my mom eat Ding Dong's. As a child I was amazed she could nibble all the chocolate coating off the sides, then the top, then the bottom, leaving only the cake with cream. I've tried and tried to do it, but always end up taking a chunk of the cake with a bite of chocolate.

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  8. tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/jfong123/status/178031098327089154

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

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  9. Confession Time: I have a specific way of eating Donettes. I eat them all the way around so that I'm left with a center of as much chocolate as possible. I guess you could say they're my version of a donut hole, or in this case, "Donette" hole.

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  10. https://twitter.com/#!/praisetruth/status/178249993747038208

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  11. I remember eating Twinkies when I was a kid. It was the most coveted snack in our house. When my brothers and sisters and I would get a Twinkie as a kid, we just beamed from ear to ear. They tasted so good when I was a kid. They just melted in your mouth. It was heavenly goodness!

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  12. tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/mermont84/status/179711755306541056
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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