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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.

Step 1: Getting to know the enemy

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.

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.<br />
Pretty soon, that will be really hard.... to find a twinkie i mean.
Which recipe had the least amount of fat?
Probably the vegan, gluten free ones.
Tallahassee will be happy to make is own twinkie<br />
...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!
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!
wait wait, you have a knife made by kyocera? isn't that a phone company xD
what does that have to do with anything haha?
&nbsp;Scooch makes some of the best food 'ibles and edibles!
AWWWWWWW<br /> *blush*<br />
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?<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;know twinkie's are classic, but any more non-perishable cellophane-wrapped goodies hiding up your sleeve? King Dons, Ho-Ho's, snoballs?<br />
Best Twinkie challenge that I've ever been too. Ever. <br />
The memory of it was so great that I used the wrong 'to'... too.<br />

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