Monday, August 17, 2009

Are the Strawberry flavored HoHos worth it?

Sisters and Brothers, how many of your recognize this? The HoHo. First created in 1967, according to the Hostess website, this treat was originally a "Swiss-filled chocolate cakes elegantly enrobed in delectable confectionary coating". Beyond the vagueness of this "Swiss-filled" idea, the current HoHo is a cream filled chocolate rolled cake that I'm sure many of you have had.

This Summer, the company is making a strawberry cream filled version of the HoHo and the Twinky. If you haven't tried the HoHo version yet, let me reveal my own experience with it.

First these are the same size as the regular HoHos, 3.15X1.5X1 inches. Three of them equals one serving which raises two questions in my mind. Why are they individually wrapped? Why not wrap them in groups of three if three is a serving size? That would save on the white plastic wrap. Also why did this come in a package of 10 when that isn't divisible by three? Wouldn't a package of nice or twelve be more easily sorted out in terms of the nutritional information for the average consumer?

Here is that nutritional information for a serving, remember that is three HoHos. 360 calories, 13g sat fat (65% of daily allowance), 30mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 1g fiber, 41g sugars, 3g protein, 2% calcium, and 10% iron that is recommended for an adult every day in the USA. This is not, by any standard of the definition, a healthy treat but indulging is fine once a week or so if you are moderation the rest of the time.

A definite strawberry scent is released when you open the individually wrapped HoHos. However, strawberry puree is 6th ingredient, cocoa processed with alkali is 8th on list so I'm not expecting either a great fruit or chocolate taste. It does have a solid strawberry taste which is overwhelmed by the unpleasant waxy and bitter chocolate coating. Check out this photograph of one cut open. It shows that the cream is not nearly as pink as on the box so don't expect what you see.

Ultimately I think the Milk Chocolate Acolyte wanted to buy these because they reminded him of a childhood treat. I tried one so I could reveal it to you, Sisters and Brothers, but I didn't want another. Perhaps I've just become more picky since starting down this Path. Being picky can be a good think for the body, the mind, the soul, and the wallet.

Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.


mavido79 said...

A possible explanation for the 3 HoHo serving size--Usually there are three to a package when purchased in the smaller "individual" servings as opposed to a box. Just like you'd get two Twinkies or DingDongs in a pack.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

*considers* Wouldn't it then be easily to just package them like that? Or sell the individuals as individual?

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