Many people are happy to welcome Twinkies (no affiliation) back to the stores this summer. With tender sponge cake surrounding sweet creamy filling, what’s not to love? Well, they have a lot of sugar and plenty of chemicals, but what the heck–they’re Twinkies! In celebration of the return of Twinkies here are some ideas for a Welcome Back Twinkies Party.
1. Twinkie Sushi
So much fun to make. Cut twinkies into segments about an inch or so high and set them cut side up. Use green Fruit Roll-Ups on the outside as the “seaweed wrap.” Add bits of fruit, nuts, peanut butter, jam, and/or syrup to resemble sushi. A piece of strawberry brushed with a bit of jam looks authentic. Red gummy Swedish fish look amazing too.
2. Twinkies Cupcakes, Truffles, or Cake Pops with No Stick?
I can’t decide what to call these. Cut Twinkies into thirds and place into cupcake liners (I like the foil liners for this.) Frost all sides and add topping as best you can to all sides. How about chocolate frosting covered in coconut? Lemon frosting with sliced almonds? German chocolate frosting with melted chocolate drizzles? Dipped in melted chocolate with caramel drizzles and a bit of kosher salt? I wonder how they would be frozen. I might have to experiment with this for the sake of science.
3. Twinkie Tiramisu
This sounds really good, with sliced Twinkies in the layers of the dessert. Click here for the recipe at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
4. Twinkies with Fruit Sauce Topping
Cut the Twinkies at an angle and places several slices on each plate. Top with fresh fruit in a sweet sauce. Make this fruit sauce by cutting fruit and adding a little sugar. Stir and let it rest for about 30 minutes to develop its own sauce. Click here for an easy way to make a thicker fruit sauce.
5. Twinkie Minions
I love these. If you’ve seen the movie Despicable Me, you know these little guys as Minions. Kudos to My Litter for figuring out how to make cupcake Minions using half a Twinkie. Great for a kids party too. Click here for the tutorial at My Litter. So cute.
6. Twinkie Trifle
This is a natural. Cut Twinkies into 1-inch segments again (can use any leftover rounded ends from the sushi) and layer into a trifle as you would with any cake pieces. Add layers of pudding, fresh fruit, jam, and whipped topping. Click here for different ways to make a trifle. This is my son’s favorite dessert!
And we eat healthy most of the time. Right? I wonder which wine goes best with Twinkies. I’ve heard that beer goes well with Twinkies. Especially the chocolate covered kind.
And then there’s the bacon-wrapped Twinkie Stonehenge. Yup. Classy. Maybe for a “You’re As Old As Stonehenge” birthday party? Prizes for best costumes?