In my mis-spent youth back in the 60’s, I had a thing for Hostess Cupcakes. Not the devil’s food ones, but rather the orange ones. They were the snack of choice for my brown bag lunches! I can’t say I got them a lot, but I did get them regularly over the years.
However, I drifted away from such indulgences many decades ago. Once every 6 or 7 years, while stopping at a remote gas station on a road trip I’d see said orange cupcakes, and buy a two pack for a sentimental rush. Sadly, they never were as good as my memory of them. I largely ignored the other flavors of cupcake or other hostess products (save for their apple pies, so sweet they made my teeth ache, so I only indulged in those rarely, too.)
But just this last week, while violating my diet (and good sense) by shopping for lunch in a remote refueling station, I spied this fancy cupcake. And just had to try it.
And damn, it was good!
And now, looking around, I see there are a TON of varieties of hostess cupcakes! Not just caramel apple and my trusty old orange, but also these (seasonal flavors)!
Sea Salt Caramel CupCakes (caramel iced yellow cake with sea salt topping & caramel filling)
Golden CupCakes (yellow cake with chocolate icing)
Baseball CupCakes (yellow cake with vanilla icing)
Baseball CupCakes (chocolate cake with vanilla icing)
Star Spangled CupCakes (yellow cake with blue-colored icing)
Candy Corn CupCakes (yellow cake with vanilla icing & sprinkles)
Pumpkin Spice CupCakes (pumpkin spice cake with filling)
Dark Chocolate Raspberry CupCakes (dark chocolate cake with chocolate icing and raspberry filling)
Strawberry CupCakes (strawberry cake with strawberry icing)
Chocolate Covered Strawberry CupCakes (strawberry cake with chocolate icing)
I Love You Cakes (chocolate cake with chocolate icing) - shaped like a heart
ScaryCakes (chocolate cake with orange colored icing) - available during the Halloween time period
HolidayCakes (yellow cake with vanilla icing & sprinkles)
Shamrock CupCakes (chocolate cake with mint filling)
Spring CupCakes (yellow cake with pink-colored, vanilla icing)
Red Velvet CupCakes
Lordy, what have I been missing? And is this a hobby I really want to explore? Oh, I do not think so, yet . . .
Dopers, any of those listed flavors represent a ‘must try’?