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Twinkie the Kid Rides Again!

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Great news for snack-cake lovers….The demise of Hostess was short-lived. The company has been bought and is re-opening bakeries and hiring workers. Here’s a news story all about it.

Look for Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Captain Cupcake on shelves in July.


Coconut Cadbury Rice Krispies “Scotch Eggs”

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

This is so clever, and the best/most creative use for Cadbury Creme Eggs (of which I am not a fan). When wrapped in Rice Krispy treats, they resemble Scotch Eggs.

These come to us from the inventive blog “Coconut & Lime”.

I doubt that I’d eat one of these, even on a dare, but I must admit that they are a fantastic creation!

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Well, this explains a lot.

Doa mint

Penn State’s Berkey Creamery gets high honors!

A recent visit to “The Creamery” on the Penn State campus in State College, PA lived up to my expectations.

A favorite destination of my childhood summers, I returned in hopes of finding the same fresh ice cream that lingered in my memory. I wasn’t disapointed, and to make things even better, they still had the fabulous Coconut Chip that I remembered!

The Creamery was the first place in America to introduce college-level courses in ice cream manufacturing. This is where ice cream makers from all over the world come to learn their craft. Ben and Jerry studied here.

It has had several locations and is now in a new building, which by the looks of its popularity, will have to expand soon. The place was packed with students and visitors enjoying ice cream in spite of the chilly March day.

They serve a huge portion for $3, and you can get free blue and white sprinkles, too. I ordered mine in a cup when I saw the size of the scoops. They have all of the traditional favorite flavors as well as Peachy Paterno, and Mallow Cup. The Mallow Cup only comes as half gallons, so I can’t report on the taste, but I imagine it was fabulous. (Mallow Cups are made down the road from Penn State in Altoona.)

If you find yourself anywhere near the center of Pennsylvania, do yourself a favor, and head for State College and “The Creamery”, it’s one of a kind.






Turn your bags of candy into a…bag

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Here’s how you can “go green” and feel good while eating candy. (I always feel good while eating, it’s after that isn’t always too cheery) Turn your trash into wearable art.   As kids, we used to make bracelets out of our gum wrappers using the same folded chain as shown here, but this purse is far better than a paper bracelet. Check out this blog serious eats  for the DIY, and start hoarding those wrappers.

Gingerbread housing starts are up!

It’s been a crazy month, and the new construction starts are up 2,000% from November. There has been a rumored royal icing shortage, which has contributed to some price-gouging iin the powdered sugar markets. This week alone, Necco sales are up 10-fold, and the shelves have been cleared of green and red gumdrops.

Here are my rules for a legitimate gingerbread house contractor to follow:

1.The house must be covered in candy, not just pretty icing swirls.

2. It should be made by a novice builder. The ones made by pastry chefs are about as exciting as those iron chef cooking shows. The less-professional looking, the more authentic it is.

3. The more creative use of building maerials, the better. Cereal, nuts, pasta, or anything edible is fair game.

4. It can’t be from a boxed kit. Those kits are great for parties, but a real house has to be made from scratch.

5. It doesn’t have to be a “house” see the trailer below.

Take a look at photos (courtesy of Pinterest) from the booming market…

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check out Fallingwater below, and on this site

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Say it aint so, Twinkie the Kid!

It’s a very sad day. Hostess is going out of business. The oven are growing cold, the mixers have stopped, and the truck loads of sugar are being rerouted to Little Debbie. I’m not making light of the thousands of people who are unemployed as of today. This really is a sad day.

Although I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ho Ho in over 30 years, it’s tough to see a part of your childhood fade into the distance…

If you could set the Way Back Machine to 1975 and you’d see a school bus full of excited young kids arrive at the Hostess factory for the best field trip ever! We toured the huge bakery, and afterwards it was all the sweet confections you could eat. Ahh the memories! (Can you image today’s school going to a Hostess bakery? Not a chance… there’d be allergy fears, obesity concerns, and other modern/first world worries.)

Here we see Twinkie the Kid in happier days joined by his pals (left to right) Captain Cupcake, Happy Ho Ho, and Fruit Pie the Magician. The last one I do not understand. How did a fruit pie decide to become a magician? It’s a curious career path for sure.

Watch this commercial from days gone by, and relive what was considered high art form advertising at the time.

Hard to believe that soon the shelves of mini marts will be barren of these cream, and fuit filled wonders. Speaking of wonder, this also means no more Wonder Bread.

There is talk that another company may revive the brands soon.
Maybe someday, Twinkie the Kid will ride again…