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Hostess Twinkies Maker

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Ok, I will admit it. I am guilty of buying a gift for my son that I really wanted for myself, a Hostess Twinkies Maker. While picking up a few things at Walgreen’s last month, I spotted a bright blue and red box with the iconic logo and thought, wow, I my son would love a Twinkie maker for Christmas. I rationalized that it would be a great kitchen project for him and my daughter. Excited, I bought it, wrapped it and placed it under our tree.

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Today as my kids were fighting over their Christmas toys, I decided to test out the Twinkie Maker and use it as a distraction from their arguing. It worked! As my daughter sat and watched cartoons, my son and I got busy in the kitchen and whipped up the batter according to the recipe from the included instruction booklet.

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As I took the Twinkie Maker out of the box, I was impressed with its compactness and sleek design.

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I prepared the batter while my assistant handed me the necessary ingredients.

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Once the batter was ready, I oiled each of the pastry wells of Twinkie Maker with vegetable oil (after washing it) and then plugged it in to prepare for baking.

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My son and I filled each well about 3/4 of the way with the batter and then closed the lid of the appliance and allowed the Twinkies to cook for about 5 minutes.

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To ensure that the Twinkies were done, we tested with a toothpick.  The first batch came out really light but the next two batches came out more of a golden color, like the store-bought Twinkies.

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While the Twinkies were cooling, I prepared the Vanilla Cream filling and then used a pastry bag to inject the cream into three locations on the underside of each Twinkie. I let my son fill a few and he had a blast. We had filling everywhere but as they say, a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen!

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The included pastry bag began to tear as we were finishing, so the next time I make these I will use a better quality bag.

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My son was anxious to eat a Twinkie so I let him be the official taste tester. Needless to say, he loved them and asked for seconds.

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The kids had a friend over, so the three of them enjoyed a Twinkie with a smile.

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I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to tweaking the recipe a bit and experimenting with some of my own ideas, such as Nutella Twinkies. This makes a great gift for the food lover in your life and is super easy to clean. I think I paid $15 for the Twinkie Maker and see many more batches of Twinkies in our future. Here is the recipe that comes with the package:

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  1. Noah
    May 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    I clicked on your post as I was trying to find BETTER recipes than the one included with the package. My friend bought the thing on a whim and made us all Twinkies. Knowing he was making them from this contraption, I thought I would arrive with store-bought originals. The store-bought Twinkies were light, delicious, and terrible for us. The homemade Twinkies were… well, they were just terrible. Bland, tasteless, and the filling was god-awful!! To their credit, they did LOOK like a Twinkie. But a turd kind of looks like a Baby Ruth, so… yeah…
    My question was going to be: do you have any great alterations to the recipes to make these fake, homemade delights even edible?

    • Champagne Girl
      May 10, 2016 at 12:22 am

      Ha ha. I know what you mean. That was AGES ago that I tested out the Twinkie maker and have since come up with some great recipes. I have another blog that is more recipe driven, wwww.eatdrinkandbetracy.com and will post an updated recipe next week.

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