How close are Hostess knockoffs to the real thing? - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

How close are Hostess knockoffs to the real thing?

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It looks like a Twinkie, it smells like a Twinkie, but does it taste like a Twinkie?

After we said goodbye to Hostess, a number of companies have stepped in, doing everything they can to fill the void left behind.

We learned that if you show up with a box of something that looks like Twinkies, you quickly make friends. But with the originals now a thing of the past we wondered, are these just as good?

Rachel Yslas loved her Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Sno Balls too.

"I am probably the reason why Hostess stayed in business, and then I went of a diet and Hostess went out of business, because of me," she joked.

That makes Rachel the perfect person to try our Twinkie twins, knockoffs that recently hit store shelves.

Rachel says they're just not the same. When we handed out samples at the Old Town Trolley Station, it quickly became clear that nothing even comes close to the creamy goodness of the original.

You CAN still buy them on eBay -- for $20 a box. Our alternatives ran about $3, and despite a belief that Twinkies never go bad, they really only have a shelf life of 25 days.

Rachel was most impressed with these simulated Sno Balls we bought at Walmart. They were the runaway hit of our copycats, followed by Little Debbie's duplicate of the Ding Dong.

Little Debbie's cupcakes, which actually outsold Hostess' version, also got high marks. But our faux Ho-Hos only got an average score...

"They'll never compare to Hostess, but it's pretty close to it," Rachel said.

Bottom line, Hostess holds a special place in our hearts. And while these originals may be gone, there's not a Sno Ball's chance we'll forget them.

"Whoever invented Hostess, I love you so much. And I'm mad at them they went out of business," Rachel said.

  • CBS 8 FeaturesMore>>

  • Now you can shop where San Diego's top chefs shop

    Now you can shop where San Diego's top chefs shop

    Have you ever wanted to make a meal with ingredients used by professional chefs? Well, there's a secret store just for that. A warehouse in Mission Hills sells hundreds of fresh products used by dozens of local restaurants daily. And it's open to the public. News 8's Shawn Styles takes us inside Specialty Produce.

     

    Have you ever wanted to make a meal with ingredients used by professional chefs? Well, there's a secret store just for that. A warehouse in Mission Hills sells hundreds of fresh products used by dozens of local restaurants daily. And it's open to the public. News 8's Shawn Styles takes us inside Specialty Produce.

     
  • Blast from the past: Comic-Con 1989

    Blast from the past: Comic-Con 1989

    It's a Comic-Con blast from the past! News 8 dug deep in the archives to see what's changed and what's stayed the same now that the convention is in its 47th year. Andrea Naversen shows us which characters were a big hit back in 1989 and still are today.

     

    It's a Comic-Con blast from the past! News 8 dug deep in the archives to see what's changed and what's stayed the same now that the convention is in its 47th year. Andrea Naversen shows us which characters were a big hit back in 1989 and still are today.

     
  • National Dog Trainer of the Year shares tips

    National Dog Trainer of the Year shares tips

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-07-24 21:06:55 GMT

    The National Dog Trainer of the Year calls San Diego home. She's always sharing one-minute video tips through social media and this morning she's talking dog etiquette with us. 

     

    The National Dog Trainer of the Year calls San Diego home. She's always sharing one-minute video tips through social media and this morning she's talking dog etiquette with us. 

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.