A quest to replace the Twinkie

Chicago TribuneFebruary 12, 2013 

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How other cream-filled, golden-cake treats stand up to the Twinkie now that Hostess is no more.

KATHY HAGEDORN — MCT

We taste-tested five golden-cake, cream-filled substitutes, ranging from the Walgreen house brand to a Canadian import sold by Jewel-Osco.

Cakes were rated on a scale of 1 to 5; 5 being sublime and 1 being on par with cardboard. As a control, we asked our taste-testers to think of a Twinkie as a 3.

• Nice! Sponge Cake

Walgreens, $1.29 for two-pack

Average score: 1.4

Comment: Where did the “cream filling” go?

• The Snack Artist Creme Cake

Safeway, $2.99 for box of 10

Average score: 2.6

Comment: Even has cream injection marks on bottom.

• Cloud Cakes

Little Debbie, $3.09 for 10

Average score: 2.8

Comment: Cream filling, consistency and texture OK.

• Vachon Golden Sponge Cakes

Saputo, sold at Jewel-Osco, $3.49 for a box of six

Average score: 3

Comment: Swayed by the chocolate – is that fair?

• Great Value Golden Creme Cakes

Wal-Mart, $2.38 for 10

Average score: 2.6

Comment: Good filling, homemade taste.

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