- Posted November 16, 2012 by
Clifton, New Jersey
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Hostess at Home - Easier Than You Think
She made these raspberry zingers -- a snack cake sold under both the Dolly Madison and Hostess brand names -- in October. The recipe is in her forthcoming book, "Classic Snacks Made from Scratch."
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
My advice, after making 70 different types of nostalgic treats, is this: if you're attempting homemade Hostess treats for the first time, don't sweat the specialty pans. Sure, Twinkies and Devil Dogs look great when made in a custom canoe pan, but they can be cut to fit from the loaf pans you've got rattling around your cupboard or even baked in a plain old muffin tin if you're desperate. (Sno-Balls, in fact, are nothing but regular Hostess Cupcakes turned upside-down and covered in marshmallow.) And it's the taste that counts the most, right? Save your money for a candy thermometer: it's crucial for making the pillowy boiled-sugar whipped frosting that fills these classic snacks.