So for all you history buffs, an interesting fact is that the Hostess Twinkies started out banana but switched to vanilla cream because of wartime shortages during WWII . From 1930 when the Twinkie was invented to the 1940s, Twinkies were filled solely with banana cream. But as the banana shortage during the war deepened, it forced Hostess bakers to replace it with the vanilla flavor. In the past Hostess has reintroduced the banana flavor during limited time runs -- but always took them off the shelves when the promotion ended. All that changed when Hostess offered it four weeks last year for the release of "King Kong ". The total Twinkie sales jumped 20% during the promotion. And suffice it to say -- that probably made Hostess go bananas with joy!
And, more interesting (to me, anyway) is that there’s already been another product announcement this summer w/ the same flavor. All you need is one more banana product to make it an official trend. Think of all the Twinkie things you can make now:, I might have to go ahead and buy The Twinkies Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection from Hostess. For tips on making your own twinkie wedding cake - check out the book : )