Week 35: Chocolate Twinkies

Remember that twinkie kit I bought a few weeks ago? (See Way to Go Hostess.) Well, tonight I decided that I really needed to make them...only I made chocolate ones! They turned out to be very yummy...dark chocolate (you add 1/2 cup of strong coffee to the batter)...and they are so cute when the come out of the pans.

By the way, this Christmas turned out to be the best ever...the week before my step-son, John, graduated from the university. To celebrate, we went to Cintronelle, in Georgetown...it was the first time that we've been there. What a fantastic experience! The chef is Michel Richard...and he is such a cool dude! The restaurant is set up so that you can watch what's going on in the kitchen. One of the things on the menu for dessert is a cute little merengue snowman.

And, today, I was watching Martha Stewart and Chef Michel Richard was on there making the snowmen! Here's a link to the recipe for the Snowmen.

Christmas Eve, we had an awesome dinner for 12 at home...my mom, Bev, my sister Robin and her husband Jim, Laura, Nick, John, Catherine, Shelley, David, James and his wife Amanda. It was lovely. And, once again, the gourmet cooks in our family made the most delicious meal. Since I don't cook, I "Martha" the table setting and do the menus, etc...and cleanup, of course! On Christmas Day, we went to lunch at the Jefferson Hotel. It was lovely and the food was outstandiing. (I feel like I should be living on the treadmill right now! I upped my time on that damn machine and upped the incline and speed, too...just so I could keep up with all this great food!

Okay, back to those twinkies...they were fun to make, but squirting the stuff into the bottom was pretty hard to do....the cake part is very light and fragile and the recipe book that Hostess gives you has several different vanilla fillings to try....also, I was thinking that these can't really be the same recipes that we actually eat/ate when we eat the store bought version (of course, I'd never do that...would I??) because just look at the ingredients on the package...chemical words that I don't even know how to pronounce...what I'm using is all natural...we could never really create the same chemically processed twinkies (and would we want to???...but if you just look at these, they do really resemble that ole twinkie! And, maybe that's enough!

Hope you all have a safe and sane New Year's Eve...2006: Bring it on!


  1. Anonymous1:20 AM

    I think he was also on the last ep of Sugar Rush, also making the snowmen. He seems like he'd be a lot of fun!

  2. Those are so adorable! I love that you made them chocolate too! :)

  3. I got the twinkie kit for christmas too. Are there any tips you found helpful? I was thinking about the filling too. did it leak out all over the place?

  4. Anonymous3:05 PM

    Have you been to the restaurant 2941 in Falls Church? The food is wonderful, the chef is a great guy, and his dad bakes their fantastic bread.

  5. Oh, these sound so tasty.....Chocolate!!!!!!
    Did you get to meet Chef Richard........I too, saw him on Sugar Rush, love the little snowmen

  6. Anonymous2:49 AM

    I'm guessing your twinkies didn't have the shelf life of their commercial cousins. They wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes at my house. :)

  7. Anonymous11:23 AM

    What a wonderful sounding holiday, CQ. Your exceptional family deserves it. I'm with Wende, your choco-Twinkies wouldn't stand a chance in our house.