Vintage Hostess snacks: Fruit Pies, Wonder Bread, Twinkies & more retro goodness

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What kind of delicious carb-filled delights do you imagine when you think about vintage Hostess snacks?

By making everything from Twinkies to those hand-size gooey fruit pies to squishy Wonder Bread, few brands have epitomized glorious retro junk food as well as the Hostess brand.

Vintage Hostess Ding Dongs chocolate cake snacks

But if you only think of Hostess as the folks who make the Ding-Dongs and Ho-Hos that you can pick up at your nearby 7-Eleven, you might be amused to see the first ads below.

Those pitches from the late 1920s positioned the brand’s cakes as top-shelf gourmet food that was perfect for “exclusive teas and luncheons.”

Vintage Hostess cakes from the roaring twenties (1929)

Quick dessert needed? Just obtain this cake at your grocer’s. Then note how guests enthuse!

It is a Hostess Cake that you ask for. And a single trial will, I believe, prove its benefits to you.

Madam: If delicious, quick desserts are your aim, this advertisement brings you good news. It is about those delicious Hostess Cakes that so many women are acclaiming these days.

It tells why these cakes are recognized today as the outstanding achievement of modern baking, And how, through their utter goodness, they have banished baking from millions of homes.

It tells of their flavor, their freshness, their attractive appearance. And the painstaking methods by which they are baked…

Each Hostess Cake, you’ll find, is absolutely perfect. Fresh. Light in texture. Delightfully attractive. And we offer you a varied choice.

A Silver Bar for the children. Cup Cakes widely chosen for exclusive teas and luncheons. Rich, luscious Layer Cakes. Devil’s Foods.

Vintage Hostess Cakes - antique ad from 1929


“Home-like cake at a store? Certainly, Madam.” (1920s)

Housewives who take pride in serving delicious food will find plenty of good news in what Alice Adams Proctor has to say

THOUSANDS of women who buy Hostess Cakes today scoffed at the idea a year ago. The idea that cake bought in a store could compare with their own seemed preposterous.

And many of these same women are among the most enthusiastic friends of Hostess Cake. And thus they avoid the waste, the work, and the disappointment of baking cake at home. These women never worry about baking failures now…

So I guarantee a cake they can serve with perfect confidence. A cake their friends will notice and praise. A cake their husbands and children will beg them to serve again and again.

I guarantee an attractive cake, too. Hostess Chocolate Layer, for instance, will do credit to any party. It is smoothly frosted. Deliciously fresh. Guests invariably comment…

Please don’t think I am over-enthusiastic. What I have said is easy to prove. Just order one of these Hostess Cakes as a test.

Be critical. Judge it carefully. Seek your family’s frank opinion. But always be careful to demand a genuine Hostess Cake. Let your grocer distinctly understand that no ordinary cake will satisfy.

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Hostess cakes - 1920s


Vintage Hostess snacks: Cream-filled cupcakes (1956)

At the grocery store… do as millions of women do; pick up extra packages of Hostess creamed-filled cupcakes.

Hostess cupcakes are made of the softest cake flour… rich Devil’s Food Cake with the famous Hostess secret-blend flavor of chocolate from the Africa Gold Coast and the blue-green jungles of Brazil.

And… with a most delightful surprise inside… a creamed filling that’s light as a cloud and supremely satisfying.

Hostess Twinkies… like something made in a heavenly oven… golden sponge cake… with a creamed filling inside that melts in your mouth! And so good: whole eggs, pure sugar, shortening and non-fat milk solids go into Twinkies.

Hostess Sno-Balls: Rich Devil’s Food Cake… with a whipped lighter-than-a-cloud creamed filling in the center… all surrounded by a layer of marshmallow, and, on top, lots of tender, shredded coconut.

Jun 11, 1956 Hostess Ho Hos chocolate cupcakes - food

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Make the most of their “Wonder Years” (1966)

During the “Wonder Years” — one through twelve — your children develop in many ways — actually grow to 90% of their adult height.

To help make the most of their “Wonder Years,” serve them nutritious Wonder Bread. Every delicious slice is carefully enriched with foods for body and mind.

Serve Wonder Bread — Wonder helps build strong bodies 12 ways…and serve Hostess Fruit Pies — made with more fruit filling than crust.

Hostess turnover-shaped fruit pies are perfect, juicy pies made the little old bake-shop way — glazed to seal in that special Hostess taste!

Look for them in your favorite store… in delicious fruit flavors. Enjoy all the other fine Hostess products. too — for snacks. lunch boxes. desserts.

Hostess Fruit Pies & Wonder Bread (1961)

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Wonder Bread and Hostess Fruit Pies (1966)

Vintage Wonder Bread and Hostess Fruit Pies (1966)

 

Vintage Hostess Ho-Hos

Vintage Hostess Ho-Hos

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Snack Cakes by Hostess (1970)

A major nutritional advance from Hostess — Snack Cakes with body-building vitamins and iron.

It’s the nutritional advance that takes the guesswork out of which snack cakes to buy! These famous Hostess Snack Cakes now give your children more than good taste… they give them important nutrition, too.

So, why settle for just any snack cake give them Hostess Snack Cakes fortified with body-building vitamins and iron to grow on.

Hostess snack cakes and fruit pies (1970)


Vintage Twinkies pack: Golden sponge creamed filled

Vintage Twinkies

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Free cards with every Hostess family packs (1978)

Have fun with Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies cakes! (PS: You can get some delicious modern-day cupcake recipes here.)

Hostess Twinkies and snacks (1978)

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Keep’em home for breakfast with Hostess. (1984)

In today’s hurry-up world, there is only one sure-fire way of knowing your family is getting a proper breakfast. Keep them home for breakfast.

The Hostess Breakfast Bake Shop can help. It’s chock full of powdered, cinnamon, chocolate, honey wheat donuts and lots more. 

Vintage Hostess Breakfast Bake Shop donuts from 1984 (1)

Vintage Hostess Breakfast Bake Shop donuts from 1984 (2)

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