Jun 22, 2011

Review: Hostess - Strawberry CupCakes

Hostess's new Strawberry CupCakes offer a strawberry twist to their traditional cupcakes with strawberry cake and icing in additional to the same creamy filling and squiggle.

A box of 8 individually-wrapped cakes is priced around $3.99 but I picked this box up on sale for $2.50.

Since starting Brand Eating, there have been very few times where I ate something for review and thought, "This is horrible." But Hostess's Strawberry CupCakes are horrible.

And, just in case I was imagining things, I had both The Sister and The Sister-in-law guinea pig two of them. Neither of them finished their cupcakes and one commented, "Maybe, it was a bad batch?" to which I replied, "I don't know but I'm not buying another box to find out." Besides, it's not like it tastes spoiled or anything, the flavor and textures were just bad. Other comments thrown about included "Don't they have product testers?" and "I can't finish this..."
I was a bit dubious about eating one when I first unwrapped the cupcake. For one, the frosting looks and feels weird. It's a bit waxy and reminds me of fondant. The Sister-in-law pointed out that fondant is worse but still, it's not exactly a favorable comparison. Also, the cupcake also smells kinda of weird; kinda fruity but not. More importantly, it doesn't smell like something tasty.
With some reservations I took a bite. I can't really describe how exactly it tastes but not like any strawberry cake I've ever eaten. According to the ingredients there is some strawberry used but the end result is a very artificial, very sweet semi-strawberry flavor that lingers on the tongue to my dismay.

This one is definitely on the short list of "worst things I've ever eaten for The Blog."

Nutritional Info - Hostess Strawberry Cupcakes - 1 cake  (53g)
Calories - 190 (from Fat - 60)
Fat - 6g (Saturated Fat - 3g)
Sodium - 180mg
Carbs - 32g (Sugar - 25g)
Protein - 1g


  1. I hope you guys can bring these delicious looking cakes where I live, which is in Fife Lake Michigan. I love those things!!!!!!!! Never stop selling them please!!!! :(

  2. Hah I'm sorry but I can't help laughing a little at your misfortune. You did a good job reviewing what sounds like a pretty bad product. That thing looks like it's meant to be a decorative paperweight or something! :)

  3. you should replace your worst with worse and your worse with worst

  4. It tastes exactly like the Strawberry Cake boxed cake mix cake to me. It even smells the same. I was SO excited to try these, but like you I had trouble even finishing it. It just was soooo fake tasting. I'm not sure what I expected since it's a snack cake but still.

  5. I can't believe what I'm reading! You're entitled to your opinion but my husband and I both LOVE these cupcakes! I just googled them 2 c if anyone else feels the same. We go 2 our walmart the day of the shipment and they usually only have 1 or 2 box left. I usually make boxed cupcake mixes jazzed up but these are a decent replacement on weeks I'm feelin lazy. Normally I would be offended if he even mentioned buying sweets... They're moist, the frosting is not at all waxy (that's something I'm really picky about), I love the ones where it's kinda dripped down the side! Mmm! the filling is their usual white filling but goes well. The stawberry flavor is definately not overwhelming but to someone who's used to everything but strawberry cupcakes it's definately a 10/10 for me.

  6. you googled them because you work in hostess pr, not because you were looking for some portal where you could connect with fellow hostess products fans because these people do not exist.  

  7. Amber LiversedgeSunday, July 29, 2012

    The first bite I ever took out of one of these, it felt like fireworks went off in my mouth. These are SOOO addicting!! I can't even put my love into words. They're awesome!!!


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