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For my contemporaries of a certain age, Hostess treats, like Twinkies and Ho-Hos, hold a special place in our hearts and our childhood memories. Sure, we may have switched most of our diets to organic, whole foods, but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally crave something a little naughty drenched in sugar, frosting, and nostalgia.

But never fear! Even though Hostess may be shutting its bakery doors forever, we can still enjoy the treats we loved as kids by making our own. And, as a definite bonus, most of these recipes can be made with real ingredients—no high fructose corn syrup need apply.

That makes them healthy, right?

I have, in fact, made my own Ho Hos at home (that’s my homemade version next to the original in the photo above).  Aside from being delicious, these devilish little treats are also extremely labor intensive—and just from looking at these other recipes, I can guess that making your own Twinkies, Sno Balls or Zingers will be no different.  

It made me realize that many of the processed foods people enjoy as “snack” foods are totally taken for granted. Once you’ve sifted, mixed, whipped, filled, rolled, and frosted, you too might understand that these once ubiquitous treats might be more special occasion indulgences than you ever even realized.

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