With Hostess closing its doors forever and no deal in sight for anyone to pick up the various brands, my concern has mainly been with the twinky. I didn’t eat them often, but I did from time to time. As I mentioned before, Little Debbie Cloud Cakes appear to be a substitute for twinkies. However, how close a substitute are they?
Well, I picked up a box this weekend and gave one a shot. After all, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Cloud Cake before. I wasn’t even used to seeing them in the stores before the Hostess debacle hit. Maybe they just didn’t sell while real twinkies were available.
The conclusion? I couldn’t tell the difference. Some Little Debbie treats mimic Hostess imperfectly (like Swiss Cake Rolls for Ho-Hos, though not in a way that matters), but Cloud Cakes were pretty good substitutes. I had my wife try a bite and she said she wouldn’t have known it wasn’t a twinkie if I hadn’t told her.
So, we can rest easy as far as twinkies go. Some purists might not see Cloud Cakes as an adequate substitute, but they’re good enough for me. I’m betting that most people will be able to live with these.