Instructables

Homemade Twinkie Challenge

Featured
Picture of Homemade Twinkie Challenge
testers.jpg
testing.jpg
We tried four distinct homemade Twinkie recipes to see which would reign supreme in a blind taste test.  Which Twinkie recipe will be your favorite?  Which recipe won the favor of the masses in a blind taste test?  Read on to find out what was decided in the Instructables Test Kitchen Homemade Twinkie Challenge!

 

A Note:
This Instructable is organized in a slightly unusual way.  In order to maximize our time together and minimize needless repetition, I’ve provided you with technique first, and recipes second.  Learn the techniques you need, and you can apply them to any and all of the recipes you see below.


yes, there are five twinkie cakes and I have only provided four recipes.  the fifth was a variation on the second, only doubling the flour content.  not a good idea.

 
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Getting to know the enemy

Picture of Getting to know the enemy
cut1.jpg
cut2.jpg
cut3.jpg
cut4.jpg
dissected2.jpg
First we dissected a commercial Twinkie so we would know what we were up against.  Sure, you may think you know a Twinkie inside and out - aaaaand you'd probably be right. 

But I wanted to do it anyway.  Wouldn't you?  For the sake of science?

So we got a scientist.  And a knife.  And this is what happened.

Step 2: Making the Twinkie molds

Picture of Making the Twinkie molds
fold2.jpg
fold3.jpg
formed.jpg
forms.jpg

The trick for making a Twinkie mold is quite simple, and easy to get the hang of.  Don't waste your  money on fancy Twinkie making kits (which I understand do exist).  And if you're making Twinkies for the legions, I recommend making the half-sized molds that I used.  In fact, just do it that way.   You don't need to be eating that much Twinkie!  Then you can have two.

Cut a bunch of 9" sheets of aluminum foil (enough to suit the recipe you're using).
Fold each piece of aluminum foil in half twice. 
Wrap the folded foil around a small spice bottle to create a mold. 
Leave the top of the mold open for pouring in the batter. 
Repeat.

Arrange on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan. 


nickodemus4 years ago
Nice work! And have you tried testing in comparison to a real Twinkie? I'd like to see how they rank up among the ones you made.
Pretty soon, that will be really hard.... to find a twinkie i mean.
Galahir9504 years ago
Which recipe had the least amount of fat?
Probably the vegan, gluten free ones.
norad4 years ago
Tallahassee will be happy to make is own twinkie
ll.13 norad4 years ago
...With thanks to this challange the world will not run out of twinkies.
Now that Hostess is shutting down, it is our sworn duty as Instructables users to master this 'ible and share it with everyone in the WORLD.
LOL That is what brought me to this page, no more Twinkies!
jtaronson3 years ago
Those Twinkie making kits are actually reasonably priced from what I understand, I'm all for custom making molds and all but sometimes it pays to buy something (if the product is worth it), and there's even a recipe and other tools in with the kit that can be repurposed!
flio1914 years ago
wait wait, you have a knife made by kyocera? isn't that a phone company xD
J@50n flio1914 years ago
what does that have to do with anything haha?
Kaiven4 years ago
 Scooch makes some of the best food 'ibles and edibles!
scoochmaroo (author)  Kaiven4 years ago
AWWWWWWW
*blush*
mikeasaurus4 years ago
twinkie-party looks like fun, the fingerprints on your survey sheets tell another (less healthy) tale. But who counts calories when you're talking twinkie?

I know twinkie's are classic, but any more non-perishable cellophane-wrapped goodies hiding up your sleeve? King Dons, Ho-Ho's, snoballs?
randofo4 years ago
Best Twinkie challenge that I've ever been too. Ever.
randofo randofo4 years ago
The memory of it was so great that I used the wrong 'to'... too.
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!