The Practical Cook does not typically seek inspiration inside the gas station convenience store, but she is also unwilling to step away from a challenge. Upon learning that a new reader had once written a treatise comparing and contrasting the merits of Twinkies vs. Zingers, it became clear that a taste test was in order.
However, sourcing Zingers in Health-Conscious NC proved to be challenging. Finally, I spotted my quarry:
Surprisingly, store clerks don’t stare as much as you’d think when you snap photos of snacks. Moon Pies were easily spotted, in myriad flavors:
But that ground had been covered already in the battle royale against Choco Pies.
Because this is a three-way taste test, Raspberry Coconut Zingers, Frosted Vanilla Cream, and the traditional Twinkie, black coffee was used to cleanse the palate between bites. Here are the results, roll the tape, maestro:
In the end, I don’t think I’m going to make the caloric investment to eat either Zingers or Twinkies on a regular basis. If pressed, I would choose a Krispy Kreme, even an old one, at a gas station. Sorry, I’m truly and deeply Southern that way.
But the Raspberry Coconut was my favorite, by quite a lot, though The Practical Cooks Junior both voted for the frosted vanilla Zinger. No one liked the Twinkie, not even the hound dog (who makes a guest appearance in the video). Special thanks to CaptCranky for the challenge.
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