Yup, it includes Twinkies and Ding Dongs
It may be frowned upon to regularly snack on Twinkies as an adult — but anyone can get away with hoarding pints of ice cream, right? That’s why it’s pretty exciting that Hostess has partnered with Nestle Dreyer’s to bring the favorite treats of our childhood into the ice cream section.
“We continually seek to reinvent our classic treats and are excited to have this new innovation added to the freezer aisle,” shared Hostess Vice President of Marketing Ellen Copaken in a statement. For more than a year the dessert creators at Hostess and Nestle Dreyer’s have been perfecting the new recipes.
Without further ado, here are your new favorite frozen creations:
First up, the Twinkie Cone, which consists of “Twinkie-flavored frozen dairy deliciousness” and is then topped with golden sponge cake crumbles. Twinkies aren’t necessarily a go-to snack for an adult, but damn this ice cream cone sounds fantastic. And rumor has it the cone also has a chocolate coating inside.
Next, there’s the frozen Ding Dong, which is essentially a fancy ice cream sandwich. Hostess said it’ll remind you of their classic cakes – only cooler. This treat has a smooth chocolate shell with vanilla ice cream inside. There’s five in a box. Want.
Moving right along, you can now find frozen Sno Balls in the freezer section. I’ve never had a Sno Ball, but apparently, it is a “pink, coconut-dusted ball of marshmallowy goodness.” The ice cream version has a chocolate center with a vanilla layer and flakes of coconut. It sounds so sugary sweet we might puke. Sold.
And for ice cream purists, there’s also three new flavors available in pints and cartons based off of Hostess treats. The Twinkies option has a rich, butter cream ice cream base with bite-sized sponge cake pieces and sweet frosting mixed in.
Mini Review! New Hostess Twinkies ice cream! This is one of three Hostess ice creams made by Nestlé, the other two being Sno Balls and Cup Cakes. The ice cream has been spotted at several chains, including Target, Meijer, Mariano's, Fred Meyer, and Woodman's. The ice cream is described as sweet butter cream ice cream with sponge cake pieces and a frosting swirl, all the elements of a Twinkies snack cake. And boy does it deliver. This tastes shockingly similar to a Twinkie. One problem, Twinkies aren't that exciting flavor-wise. The ice cream tastes like a cross between vanilla and yellow cake, with no contrasting flavors. The cake pieces provide a little textural contrast, but the ice cream would greatly benefit from a crunchier mix-in. Chocolate flakes would go a long way here. Also, I couldn't detect the frosting swirl at all, not even visually. Overall, the Twinkies ice cream is a spot on replication of a Twinkies snack cake, except for the lack of frosting filling. 9/10 for similarity. However, as a standalone ice cream, this is quite boring. There's no contrasting texture or flavors. 6/10 as an ice cream flavor.
The Sno Balls option starts with marshmallow ice cream then gets fancy with chocolate cake pieces and a whipped pink coconut swirl.
Mini Review! New Hostess Cup Cakes ice cream! This is one of three new Hostess ice creams, along with Twinkies and Sno Balls. I reviewed the Twinkies flavor a few days ago, which tasted very similar to Twinkies, and therefore not the greatest ice cream. How did this one fare? The first thing I noticed about the ice cream is that it's very sticky. So sticky that I had trouble removing it from the spoon, hence the chocolate all over the sides of the bowl. I talked with other Hostess Cup Cake ice cream reviewers, and they didn't detect any stickiness. Maybe my freezer just hates me or something. Moving on to the flavor. The ice cream is very chocolaty and rich, almost fudge-like. At times I thought the chocolate flavor was reminiscent of the Cup Cakes chocolate frosting layer. Aside from those few moments, the ice cream did not remind me that much of its namesake. I did see a few white frosting swirls, though! I could not taste them, but they were there. Overall, I think this ice cream is a better standalone flavor than the Twinkies. 7/10.
And the final flavor, pictured above, should be a hit with fans of Hostess’ classics. The CupCakes flavor takes chocolate ice cream and upgrades it 100% with bite-sized cupcake chunks and creamy frosting swirled throughout.
BRB buying one (maybe three) of each.