Holiday World brings back deep-fried Twinkies

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:40 PM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

As "the golden sponge cake with the creamy filling" returns to store shelves on Monday, a deep-fried version will be added to the dessert menu at Holiday World theme park.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:48 PM

Nice healthy choice. Nothing like a good old fashioned Twinkie eating contest to get the heart flowing....

Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:57 PM

If Twinkies hit the shelves Monday, can Ho Hos be far behind?

Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:35 PM
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Somewhere Tallahassee is planning a trip to Holiday World.

Last edited by sws, Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:36 PM
Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:44 PM

Note that no mention of deep-fried Sno Balls was made.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:39 PM

Well, I tried that once. The marshmallow, sadly, was a big fail. My Fry Daddy was never the same after that...

Friday, July 19, 2013 5:17 AM

Yeah, I tried making deep-fried sticks of butter as a snack for guests the other day, but they kept melting. :-(

Seriously though, as unhealthy as deep-fried Twinkies sound, HW was smart to cash in on the Twinkies craze. I heard they've been selling out quickly ever since the re-launch last Monday. Now just wait for the New Coke-style conspiracies to churn up...

^^Deep-friend Sno Balls and Ho Hos in the Christmas section would have been brilliant.

Friday, July 19, 2013 6:58 AM

I don't care about Twinkies and Ho-Ho's and Sno-Balls returning to amusement parks or grocery stores. But wake me up when Drakes brands re-surface from Hostess Hell...Yodels and Ring Dings FTW.

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Friday, July 19, 2013 9:34 AM

All joking aside,( for just a minute ), I think of our great Ohio State Fair rapidly approaching and how concessionaires must be breathing a sigh of relief with the return of Twinkies.

Deep fried snacks and other oddities have been the thing at fairs and carnivals for a while now. In addition to Twinkies you can find deep fried Snickers, Milky Way, Oreos, Kool Aid, bacon, peaches, jalapeƱos, pickles, peanut butter and jelly, hard boiled eggs, White Castles, ice cream, beer, and yes, butter.

The recipe goes like this. Take your favorite snack, skewer it corn-dog style, dip it in a sweet batter and drop it in the fryer. The sweet snacks melt in there and turn gooey (dusted with powdered sugar, of course) and the savory ones heat and crisp up. Liquid ingredients are usually mixed with a solid, like butter, then fried. Butter is well,... butter.

It will come as no surprise to some of you that I've tried a few of these state fair novelties and some of them aren't bad. Not that a daily diet is recommended, but at the fair everyone deserves a "treat" or two and these things are always good for publicity. (right, Paula?)

Another odd item that surfaced a couple of years ago is a flat-grill fried cheese burger with a split Krispie Kreme glazed donut for the bun. Sounds nasty, right? We all took a taste of one and it was actually kind of tasty. Sweet, savory, and greasy at the same time.

Ok! Well, before I leave for the gym I'll invite anyone attending the Ohio State Fair to stop by the Ohio Poultry stand in the Taste of Ohio Food Pavilion and order some delicious, non-junky fair food. We have the best ever Amish style chicken noodles over mashed potatoes, (it's an Ohio thing), or try the Thanksgiving turkey dinner, complete. There's healthier options too, we make a nice dinner salad with roast turkey or a grilled chicken breast (made by me!) on top. If poultry's not your thing, other yummy Ohio food products are showcased there in our nice, air-conditioned building. THEN you can move on to the Twinkies...

Edit to add; I'm not trying to spam, advertise here, but I'd love to see any CBuzzers that come by for lunch.

Oh, and there's rides...

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, July 19, 2013 9:42 AM
Friday, July 19, 2013 10:41 AM

I keep saying we should deep fry Ho Hos and sell them at Santa's Snacks.

They would be called, of course, Ho Ho Hos.

Paula Werne
Holiday World

Friday, July 19, 2013 11:06 AM

I'm in! Give me a reason to come back to your lovely park, Paula! :-)

Friday, July 19, 2013 11:39 AM
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Jeph said:

Yeah, I tried making deep-fried sticks of butter as a snack for guests the other day, but they kept melting. :-(

The key is to freeze the butter...duh!

Deep Fried Butter at Iowa Fair

The first, warm bite has the flavor of buttery French toast or a good cinnamon roll.

For $4, I just might try it.

Friday, July 19, 2013 2:41 PM
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Jeph said:

. Now just wait for the New Coke-style conspiracies to churn up...

No, but it was a conspiracy of sorts. Specifically a successful union busting effort. Which is why I will not support the new product. If you were ever in a unionized work force (I am) you will understand.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Friday, July 19, 2013 2:43 PM
Friday, July 19, 2013 3:08 PM

OH NO! I'm a retired union man, myself. Now what am I gonna do...

Friday, July 19, 2013 5:10 PM
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Steal Twinkies.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 11:27 AM
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Tommytheduck said:
Which is why I will not support the new product. If you were ever in a unionized work force (I am) you will understand.

No matter how much I preface this saying how unions were a good thing and brought important changes to working conditions, wages, etc and I agree with your right to protest, I know I'm going into this knowing that I'm going to get beat up, but here it goes.

Are banks loaning money to those without checking income, like what was done prior to 2008? Is Ford still assembling vehicles (like the Pinto) with a glaring design flaw that caused the fuel tank to puncture in a rear end collision with the result of the car bursting into flames? Are we still having chunks of ice delivered to our homes to be used to cool our refrigerators?

Of course not. While at one time it worked and wasn't a problem, it eventually either became a problem, became unnecessary, or became expensive. So why would Hostess head back into the business world with the same component that failed them in the first place?

It sucks, but that's the world we are living in. The US worker has to compete with other countries which means lower wages, as well as utilizing technology to make that US worker more productive.

Again, you have your right to protest. I'm sure it was a union bust, but it had to happen if the company wanted to be back in the game.


Monday, July 22, 2013 12:19 PM
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Not sure why US workers must compete with workers globally for lower incomes, but US management teams have no such restriction on the growth of *their* salaries....or why return on investment to shareholders continues to grow without end while wages MUST be kept in check.

The CEO of CostCo makes an absolutely pitiful salary in comparison to other CEOs....but worker satisfaction at their comany DESTROYS that at other similar businesses, and turnover is low (predictably).

Monday, July 22, 2013 12:52 PM
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Talking about executive salaries is often a strawman argument. In the scope of a huge business, those salaries are a rounding error in the overall expense of doing business. Is there a moral issue? Sure, I guess, but it's not a financial issue.

Unions create a similar problem to issues of government interference: They tend to break supply and demand dynamics to create an even bigger problem. Should a guy on a line mounting bumpers all day, every day, make $30 an hour, when you can train someone else to do it in a few hours? Logically, no, but unions don't see it that way. So the car manufacturer can't make the car inexpensively, and either has to cut back on something else or raise the price, and in both cases, can't compete with foreign competitors.

Sometimes I can see a moral imperative for unions, as in the case of teachers, but even then, you're pushing for higher salaries in a field where demand is low and voters don't want to pay you more. It's an impossible situation.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 1:40 PM

I think unions in the public sector make the least sense and may be the most dangerous.

Monday, July 22, 2013 3:02 PM
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At least state a reason for your position. One of the biggest reasons why labor got to be so expensive is not because of the current workforce, or their demands, or even the current management structure. It's the "promised" benefits from past management and union leadership that brought pensions, healthcare, etc. It was a recipe for disaster. How can you pay for benefits and wages on a workforce that doesn't produce? Answer, build the cost into the price of the product.

We are seeing the same thing with social security. It's not funded by money being saved up, gaining interest and then paid out later. It's funded by the current workforce directly to the beneficiaries. That's a problem once the ratio of beneficiaries and current workforce becomes out of balance.

Of course, this isn't the silver bullet reason. There are tons of reasons out there why the system of benefits that worked in the past aren't working today. Put it this way, the odds are stacked against us, stuff is going to get expensive. So live within your means, which may be a lower standard of living than what you grew up with.



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