Just one quick trip to 7-Eleven and the damage was done. Somehow a late night desire for something sweet turned into a junk food binge for four food-loving friends. In a quest to please their ladies, the fellas bought all that Hostess had to offer. Regardless of potentially numbed palates from earlier revelry, it all tasted bad. Or rather, it didn’t taste like anything at all. Except sugar. Why does my memory hold Twinkies and white curlycue cupcakes in such high regard? I was so confused by my present day dislike that the next morning I tried another bite, winced and turned away. Tried yet ANOTHER bite, winced and then threw it all in the trash with enough force to qualify as a slight tantrum.

ADVICE: Let Hostess live safely in your memory. Avoid late night 7-11 excursions.

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9 Responses to “When a Late Night Turns towards Hostess…”

  1. Mel Says:

    I’ve had the same experience with kid’s cereal. Cookie Crisp? Gotta have it! Fruity Pebbles? They’re the best! Crunch Berry? Delicious! Once the milk is poured and the first spoon hits the mouth, one realizes that it’s all garbage. We’ll never be able to recapture the the unparalleled joy of Saturday morning cartoons and sugary cereal. Ah youth.

  2. Ivete Says:

    Oh I so agree! Pretty much every candy/snack I loved as a kid is not disgustingly too-sweet. The only ones that have survived are the sour ones like Sweet Tarts, apparently I still like too-sour, just not too-sweet! Those cupcakes with the curlicues almost killed me!

  3. Ivete Says:

    Sorry, I meant NOW disgustingly too sweet, not NOT!

  4. A Says:

    I have the same feeling towards box cake mix now. I can’t stomach it! It’s not so much the sugar, but the artificial ingredients that freak my taste buds out. I recently bought the little package of donuts from a kwik e-mart after some late night drinks and devoured those, but I blame that on the drunk munchies :) But I can’t return to the land of Twinkies. Sadly, those days are gone for me!

  5. partner in crime Says:

    Thanks for the memories Whipped! Next time we need to just turn the oven on and get busy baking – no matter the hour. I’d love to know if anyone would share some “quick-fix” ideas when a fresh baked treat is what you crave……hummmmm

  6. Briana Says:

    Ha! Its always a little sad (and perhaps relieving) to find out that things don’t taste as good as our memories of them do. I feel that way about Cadbury Creme eggs at Easter. Is it just me, or did they used to be so much tastier? You know, then I start to wonder, maybe they really DID taste better when we were kids. It wouldn’t surprise me if companies like this have cut many corners in quality over the past 15-20 years in order to make the same product more cheaply. I’d love to know for sure…

  7. Funny Tina Says:

    I’ve been there. I was there. I’m a college student who suffers from both nostalgia and the lack of room for my mixer: Thus no homemade delicacies. Hostess is not your friend. You did the right thing.

  8. Cake Decorating Ideas Says:

    I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who has had this experience. I adored ‘Fruity Pebbles’ when I was a kid. Every now and then I get an urge to relive my youth by purchasing a box, but the joy ends shortly after I stuff my mouth with the stuff.

    The sugary cereals I loved so much as a kid seem to leave a yucky film on the top of my mouth. Why don’t I remember that happening when I was young? Was it because my mom never bought these cereals, so I was simply so excited to eat them when visiting my grandparents that I overlooked this problem? Or, have the cereal makers changed their recipes and this problem didn’t exist when I was a kid?

    Sigh… I guess it just proves that you can’t go back home, so to speak…

  9. Ariana from Chicago Says:

    I’m pretty sure that food products don’t taste the same today because they’ve reformulated them so much over the years to reduce product costs and increase margins. So, stuff like sugar and salt and corn products make it to the front of the ingredient line, and nasty cocoa butter has become popular too.

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